Two new barristers join Parklane Plowden Chambers

May Martin and Holly Challenger

Two new barristers have accepted an offer of tenancy to join Parklane Plowden Chambers after successfully completing their pupillages.

Holly Challenger and May Martin have joined chambers as tenants having initially been called in 2019, and will sit within the set’s chancery and commercial and personal injury and clinical negligence practice areas respectively.

May, a specialist civil law practitioner with a particular focus on employment, personal injury, and clinical negligence, commenced her pupillage in October 2020 under the supervision of Stuart Jamieson and Andrew Sugarman.

Parklane Plowden’s personal injury and clinical negligence practice director John Hammond said: “I am very pleased that May has accepted the offer of tenancy with chambers. Her pupillage has allowed her to gain exposure to all aspects of personal injury and clinical negligence practice, and this experience will only benefit the set and our clients.”

Holly Challenger joins as a tenant after completing her chancery and commercial law pupillage at Parklane Plowden under the supervision of Sarah Harrison.

Also called in 2019, Holly has experience dealing with chancery and commercial company disputes, having regularly been instructed in cases involving wills, probate, inheritance, real property, breach of contract and/or misrepresentation and regularly represents petitioners seeking winding up orders in respect of companies.

Parklane Plowden’s chancery and commercial practice director Stephen Render said: “Holly is a highly knowledgeable practitioner, having been instructed on both contentious and non-contentious private client matters.

“She will further strengthen the chancery and commercial expertise that we can offer clients across the North Eastern Circuit and beyond.”

Formed in 2007 following the merger of Parklane Chambers in Leeds and Plowden Chambers in Newcastle, Parklane Plowden is home to 124 members.

The set has revealed an evolved brand identity and a new website to further implement its investment strategy for continued growth.

This follows the set’s announcement in July that it is undertaking a six-figure refurbishment of its 11,000 sq ft premises on Westgate in Leeds city centre which is due to complete this year. In addition to its Leeds chambers, the set also has chambers on Lombard Street in Newcastle city centre.

Parklane Plowden specialises across another four key practice areas. These comprise family; court of protection; inquests and inquiries; and litigation costs and funding.

According to the 2021 edition of legal directory, The Legal 500, Parklane Plowden Chambers is a tier one set on the North Eastern Circuit. The directory recommends 73 of the set’s barristers across 13 practice areas.

In its 2022 rankings, barristers’ directory, Chambers & Partners, placed Parklane Plowden as Band 1, the highest ranking a chambers can achieve, across chancery; clinical negligence; employment; family: children; and personal injury practice areas. Additionally, the set was ranked Band 2 for family: matrimonial finance and inquests and inquiries.

In October this year, Parklane Plowden won the Chambers of the Year Award at the Yorkshire Legal Awards and in November took home the Barristers’ Chambers of the Year accolade at the Personal Injury Awards.

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