Since launching in 1973, 18 has undergone a number of changes but its commitment to excellent client service and its sense of community are as true today as when we first opened our doors.
Chambers was established in May 1973, by 10 founding members, and I joined just four months later as a pupil. Being involved in the early days, surrounded by so many then prominent practitioners, was a fantastic learning experience for me.
In the early days, we largely specialised in criminal cases but our expertise grew and diversified in the years that followed.
In 1977, we moved to 18 St John Street and became the first Chambers in the city to own our own property.
As Chambers continued to expand, we purchased the adjoining property, ensuring we could house all our members in an enlarged area to help retain our strong sense of community which has been core since Chambers first launched.
The world of 18 has changed dramatically over the years, not just with the increasing number of members and specialist areas but with the advent of greater technology. Accessing our legal library from a home PC is something I and our original members would never have contemplated when we first opened our doors to the public.
With all the changes we continue to embrace at 18, we are focused on ensuring we keep our unique and friendly culture at the forefront of mind. Our clients believe in us because we are reliable and provide an exceptional quality service. These are characteristics shared and reinforced by our excellent support staff.
18 has grown but we have retained our sense of community and our support network and unity is as strong now as it has ever been.
Our founding fathers became well-renowned in their specialist fields and their legacies live on. Not content with our past glories, we continue to strive to improve 18 for the future.
Dedicated to providing a quality, supportive and successful service to our clients, we look forward to the challenges and changes ahead.