Michael Mather-Lees KC Announced as New Head of Chambers

Church Court Chambers are pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Mather-Lees QC as Head of Chambers with effect from Monday 9th May 2022. Michael follows Kerim Fuad QC who ends his eight year tenure as Head of Chambers and remains a full member of Chambers. 

Commenting on this appointment, Michael observes: “I would like to extend my thanks to Kerim for his hard work, dedication and unwavering passionate commitment to Chambers during his eight-year term. In Chambers our strength does not simply come from our members’ talent but from Chambers’ character and our story thus far. I am honoured that Chambers has passed onto me Kerim’s pen and I look forward to writing the next chapter.”

Kerim led Chambers for eight years and under his stewardship, supported by Members, the Clerks and Staff, Chambers has grown to become a leading London Chambers. Kerim oversaw Chambers’ measured expansion, including the lateral hires of six Queen’s Counsel. 

During his tenure Chambers relocated from the Inns to modern, progressive, accessible, and design-led premises in our current home at the Old Patent Office, Chancery Lane. Kerim led Chambers through the pandemic with strength, stability, a clear long-term vision and much needed humour and compassion. 

During his term, Kerim was also appointed Leader of the South Eastern Circuit and successfully balanced a highly demanding practice, including countless Old Bailey murder trials with his unwavering commitment to leading Chambers and trying to provide a brighter future for the whole Bar. Kerim notes: “it’s been an honour to lead Chambers for the last eight years. I have been immensely proud to see Chambers go from strength to strength. I would like to thank all the Members, Clerks and staff of Chambers for their support, especially the various Management Committees over the past years. After 28 years serving continuously on various committees, including the CBA Executive, Chair of a Mess and Leader of the Circuit, I very much look forward to fewer weekend calls, less Zoom backgrounds and no more agendas – although as everyone who knows me knows, my door always has been and always will remain open. I wish Michael and the Team well and I very much look forward to sharing in Chambers’ continued success.” 

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