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Building up numbers.

A barristers' chambers that is nationally recognised as a leader in personal injury and employment law has expanded into larger premises in Lombard Street, Newcastle.

Five barristers have joined Plowden Buildings so far this year bringing the total number to 32. There are 21 barristers practising on the North Eastern circuit and 11 practising principally on the South Eastern circuit occupying PB's Middle Temple premises, in London.

Head of chambers, Jeremy Freedman, based in Newcastle, said: "We have a rapidly expanding centre of excellence in civil work in the North-East as personal injury and employment laws become more complex.

"We are instructed by the major firms of personal injury and employment solicitors in the North East and increasingly in the North West."

Members of chambers are working on a variety of personal injury cases - claims relating to industrial disease including asbestos related illness, cerebral palsy cases and claims arising from the Selby rail crash.

The specialist employment team based in Newcastle regularly advises and represents employers and employees throughout the region and beyond on all aspects of employment law. Members of chambers are currently involved in large mass equal pay claims, discrimination and whistle-blowing claims and general unfair dismissal.

PB members are also currently working on cases in the Court of Appeal concerning important legal developments which may result in an increase in claims for compensation.

"As a sought after set with a high profile in personal injury and employment we receive a large number of applications for pupillages and tenancy," Mr Freedman said.

"Two of our four pupils this year have just completed their pupillages and are now joining us as tenants."
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Oct 2, 2003
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