Recruitment of Members: Tenancy

At QEB Hollis Whiteman we are always looking to develop and expand; we recognise that external recruitment is a great opportunity to do so.

Our Chambers welcomes applications for tenancy at all levels of call. External recruits make up about a quarter of the current membership of Chambers and are quickly and easily integrated. Our aim is to have a happy, collegiate set of chambers, where barristers can flourish professionally and extend the scope of their current practice. We are proud of our reputation for providing excellent advice and advocacy services and wish to maintain that reputation, both by the training we provide within Chambers and through external recruitment. We believe that we can combine the best of the traditional elements of the Bar with a forward-thinking vision for the future. We are supported by a first-rate clerking team led by Chris Emmings and Faye Patis.

We know that it is never an easy step to leave a set of chambers, but we are confident that new members do not regret their decision to join. Below, four current members of Chambers, who joined us from other chambers, detail their experiences. All are happy to be contacted informally by any barrister who is considering applying to QEB Hollis Whiteman. If you are interested in discussing an opportunity please feel free to contact either Head of Chambers, Mark Ellison QC, or Senior Clerk, Chris Emmings, on 020 7933 8870, for an initial discussion. 

Jason Mansell

I joined QEB Hollis Whiteman as a senior junior in January 2015. It was very difficult to make the move from my old set of Chambers which was highly regarded in the market and where I had made many friends. However, I am very pleased that I did. 

As an established practitioner, the QEB Hollis Whiteman brand has helped me build and expand my practice, obtaining instructions from many of the leading City Firms and the white-collar boutiques. Its friendly and collegiate atmosphere makes "working on papers" a joy and it is a privilege to be working amongst some of the country's leading practitioners in the field. 

Chambers is involved in nearly all the leading business crime and regulatory cases and the opportunities which are presented as a result are unparalleled. Chambers is firmly established as one of the "go-to" sets in the areas in which I specialise and combined with a professional and efficient clerking team, competitive and staggered rent structure and excellent facilities in the heart of the City it affords its members the chance to maximise their potential and fulfil all their professional ambitions.  

For talented, ambitious, motivated and hard working barristers with an interest and passion for criminal and disciplinary law it provides a perfect fit. 

View Jason Mansell's profile here.

Nick Corsellis

I joined QEB Hollis Whiteman in November 2013, after many happy and rewarding years in my previous Chambers. We all appreciate that life at the Bar has changed massively and particularly so in the publicly funded sector. Moreover, that situation is set to continue to an even greater degree under the next government.  

I moved to QEB Hollis Whiteman because it is a forward-thinking set of chambers, assertive in the market and ideally placed to take advantage of opportunities that come at a time of great change. That has become even more apparent to me since I joined.  

The opportunities that QEB Hollis Whiteman offers include expanding a practice into the new areas that may be open as one looks away from publicly-funded work, taking advantage of the support of a team of clerks and practitioners who are so well regarded and an introduction to new professional clients. It also allows for your existing professional clients to meet new ones, allowing them to share the avenues of opportunities we have open to us if we act together.  

The infrastructure of this Chambers allows for such opportunities to be seized. It is a set with state of the art presentation and communication tools, and occupies a leading position in the fields in which it operates.

On a personal note, moving and seeking new avenues of instruction came with a degree of natural anxiety. This has been quickly extinguished by both the warmth of QEB Hollis Whiteman's reception and the team spirit that genuinely exists because of members' shared appreciation of excellence and commitment.  

QEB Hollis Whiteman is not a set that takes its position or reputation for granted. It seeks to excel in a professional and courteous manner, with the highest standards expected.  Professionally, the move has been all that I could have hoped for and more. But it has been the welcome and the encouragement that have been most impressive to me over the course of my time in Chambers.  

View Nick Corsellis' profile here.

Paul Wakerley

Back in 2008 I was approached by a member of QEB Hollis Whiteman and encouraged to ‘make contact’. I met discretely with the senior clerk and later had a breakfast meeting with one of the silks, and then coffee with both the then and the current head of chambers. QEB Hollis Whiteman was specifically keen to speak with a Judge, known to them, who was able to speak, informally, to my ability.

The whole procedure was efficient and kept entirely confidential. The actual move was seamless; the QEB Hollis Whiteman clerking and administrative team took care of everything. I was offered the option and was delighted to be able to purchase shares in the ownership of Chambers’ building.

I know that I was a reluctant mover. I had a good practice at my old set and huge ties to my colleagues there. However, I can honestly say that since my arrival I have never looked back. I am more than happy to act as a confidential sounding board for any experienced practitioner who may be thinking of making contact with QEB Hollis Whiteman.

View Paul Wakerley's profile here.

Nicholas Griffin QC

I joined QEB Hollis Whiteman in January 2016. This was after 20 years or so at my previous set, where I had been happy. There were several reasons for my move, including the extremely professional, supportive and friendly clerking at QEB Hollis Whiteman; new colleagues who were a joy to meet and are amongst the best in the profession; and an elegant but very well-equipped building to work in, now complete with roof terrace!

My route into Chambers started with a chat with a QEB Hollis Whiteman silk, during a long trial together. From there I spoke with the Head of Chambers, Mark Ellison. The procedure from there on was pretty smooth.

Change is healthy, not least because it makes you reconsider your career and your goals. At QEB Hollis Whiteman you are able to do that with a talented and enlightened group of clerks and tenants to help and guide you.

My particular area of practice is on the cusp of criminal and public law. I lead QEB Hollis Whiteman's new Public Law Practice Group. It's recent creation is a testimony both to the relevant experience in Chambers and to the enthusiasm with which QEB Hollis Whiteman embraces new members of Chambers and suggestions for work. It's an impressive place.

View Nicholas Griffin QC's Profile here.