Future-proofing chambers: good practice in financial and business management

An in-person panel and networking event focused on the success and sustainability of chambers. Our expert panellists will discuss good practice in chambers process and financial management, and share their thoughts on the latest market trends, including client demands.

This event is part of the Annual Bar and Young Bar Conference 2022. Please note that online attendance to this event is free with a full day Conference ticket for Saturday 26 November. 

Please note that in-person tickets are limited. 

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24 November 2022, 8:30 - 10:00
Event Type
The Bar Council, 289-293 High Holborm. Online option available
Business development, Chambers management

Against a backdrop of a wide range of macro challenges, including economic uncertainty, digitization, and diverse cultural issues, this event will explore how chambers professionals, heads of chambers and chambers’ management committees can meet the changing expectations of instructing clients and learn how chambers are adapting through innovative financial and practice management. Join our breakfast networking event to hear different approaches to managing the business of chambers in a period of national and global change.

Attend this event to:

  • Understand the changing expectations of instructing clients and how best to prepare for them
  • Hear how different chambers are securing their future sustainability by responding to the cultural and practical challenges of hybrid working
  • Gain insight from other chambers professionals on the financial and operational risks that they are facing and how they are working to mitigate against them
  • Receive practical advice on creating a future-proof practice for your members 
  • Network over coffee with peers from across chambers 
  • Complimentary online attendance for those with a Full day Conference Ticket


Predicting industry trends and creating a financially sustainable chambers

With much uncertainty surrounding the future state of the UK economy, many chambers are now turning their attention from the implementation of hybrid working to long-term financial sustainability and growth. Our predicting trends panel will explore how the expectations of instructing clients are changing; the ways that chambers can meet their demands; and how chambers are adapting through innovative financial and practice management.


Chair: Fiona Fitzgerald
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Chief Executive, Radcliffe Chambers

Fiona is chief executive of Radcliffe Chambers an award winning chancery and commercial set based in Lincoln’s Inn. Fiona was previously a partner in a mid sized law firm which sold out to private equity. Her role latterly was in full time management.

She is also a past chair of the Association of Women Solicitors. She has been a regular commentator and writer in the media on a wide range of issues from management and strategy to compliance and career development particularly for women in the profession. 

Fiona is a member of the Legal Services Committee of the Bar Council.

Peter Blair
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Chief Operating Officer, Quadrant Chambers

Peter joined Quadrant Chambers in 2016 having worked for the previous seven years as an independent consultant, specialising in providing strategic and operational support to barristers' chambers, law firms and other professional services organisations. Before that Peter was the first Chief Operating Officer at Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP (now Fieldfisher LLP). From 2000 to 2008, he was the Deputy Under Treasurer and Director of Finance of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple. He has an MBA from London Business School.

Peter is a former Trustee of two national charities. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the LPMA.

Maryam Oghanna
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Senior Associate, Forsters LLP

Maryam Oghanna is a senior associate in the contentious trusts and estates team at Forsters LLP. She advises on a broad spectrum of contentious trusts and estates matters at both domestic and international level. She has represented a variety of clients across multiple jurisdictions, including both private individuals and professionals. Prior to joining Forsters, Maryam spent five years as an associate in the dispute resolution team at Herbert Smith Freehills, where she did a mix of commercial and private client work.

Marcia Shekerdemian KC
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Wilberforce Chambers

Marcia is a leading practitioner in all aspects of contentious and non-contentious insolvency, company and partnership law as well as commercial litigation.. The leading directories have recommended her for many years in insolvency, company and commercial litigation.  She leads the insolvency team at Wilberforce Chambers and is also a senior consultant in the restructuring team at McDermott Will & Emery LLP.

Marcia is a member of the BSB’s taskforce on “Achieving Racial Equality at the Bar”. She was chair (2016-2019) of the Equality and Diversity sub-committee of the Chancery Bar Association and in that capacity led the research which culminated in her ground-breaking 2021 report “Voices of Women at the Chancery Bar”.

Marcia sits in the High Court as a Deputy Insolvency and Companies Judge. She is also an active provider of talks and seminars and sits on the editorial board of Lexis PSL for insolvency.

Marcia is a contributing editor to Kerr & Hunter “Receivers and Administrators” (Sweet & Maxwell, 20th Edition).

Joe Wilson
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Chambers Director, St Philips Chambers

Joe is Chambers Director at St Philips Barristers and 2022 Conference Chair for the Institute of Barristers’ Clerks. Joe started his career in the Judicial Appointments Division of the Lord Chancellor’s Department where he assisted in appointments to the High Court Bench, Circuit Bench as well as to the ranks of Queen’s Counsel (now King’s Counsel) and Recordership.
He started his clerking career in 1998 at a well-known common law set of chambers in London where he quickly rose to the rank of First Junior. In 2001 Joe made the move to Birmingham to join St Philips Chambers and within six months, and at the age of 25, he was appointed Senior Criminal and Regulatory Clerk where he went on to co-manage two mergers. In 2010 he was appointed to the role of Chief Clerk, where he had responsibility for all practice groups and clerking generally. 
As Chambers Director Joe chairs various committees in chambers, including the management team, executive team and the strategy committee whose job it is to identify and proactively adapt to changes in legislation, funding and alternative business structures.
Joe was shortlisted for ‘CEO of the Year’ in the 2022 Legal 500 Awards.



Ticket type Online session price In-person session price
Standard £50 £60
BRF discount £40 £48
Pupils, Students, bands 1 and 2 £24 £30
Pupils, Students, bands 1 and 2 with BRF discount £20 £25


Prices do not include VAT. VAT will be added when you choose your ticket.

Limited availability for in-person tickets. 

Annual Bar and Young Bar Conference 2022

This event is taking place as part of this year's Annual Conference being held Wednesday 23 - Saturday 26 November. To view all other events taking place visit the main Conference webpage. 

Please note that online attendance to this session is free with a full day Conference ticket for Saturday 26 November. 

Please ensure you read our terms and conditions and privacy statement before booking. This event will be livestreamed on the Zoom videoconferencing platform. Please ensure you read our Zoom statement before booking.

This event is taking place as part of this year's Annual Bar and Young Bar Conference, view the full programme of events here.