Ever wondered what a top English barriser earns? Well ‘The Lawyer’s’ Top 100 lists Brick Court Chambers as the highest-turnover chambers. Sixty two barristers took in an average of £516,000.

Headed by the redoutable Jonathan Sumption QC and Jonathan Hirst QC, Brick Court Chambers remains the UK’s largest set by turnover and is one of only four chambers to post a revenue per barrister figure of more than £500,000.

The set’s case list is one to be envied. The year saw Sir Sydney Kentridge QC take on the Government in the Countryside Alliance’s challenge to the ban on hunting and the Parliament Act. Mark Hapgood QC continues to defend Ernst & Young in the Equitable Life trial. And in December, Sumption successfully represented the Bank of England in the crucial Three Rivers privilege ruling.

However, despite the list of big cases, Brick Court’s income remained static, and other sets are slowly beginning to close the gap.

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