Bethanie Chambers, James Kane and Rachel Carver to join XXIV Old Buildings

13 July 2022

Bethanie Chambers, James Kane and Rachel Carver to join XXIV Old Buildings

We are delighted to announce that Bethanie Chambers, James Kane and Rachel Carver will join XXIV Old Buildings as tenants from 1 October 2022, following the successful completion of their respective pupillages.

Bethanie graduated with a first class honours in Law from Murray Edwards College, Cambridge and subsequently completed the BCL at the University of Oxford. During her studies, Bethanie received several University and College prizes and was also awarded the Blues Sporting Award for commitment to university tennis. Bethanie later received the Astbury Scholarship in respect of the Bar Professional Training Course where she went on to obtain an Outstanding. Prior to joining XXIV Old Buildings, Bethanie was a judicial assistant to Lord Justice McCombe and Lady Justice Carr in the Court of Appeal. Most notably, she assisted in the case of Dargamo Holdings Limited v Avonwick Holdings Ltd [2021] EWCA Civ 1149 in which the Court addressed the interaction between the law of contract and the law of unjust enrichment as well as the operation of the ‘failure of basis’ ground of restitution. During pupillage, Bethanie worked on a range of commercial and chancery matters, including assisting in an €11m aviation trial, a s.68 arbitration challenge, and numerous trusts and probate matters both domestic and offshore. Bethanie is looking forward to building a broad commercial and chancery practice, and welcomes instructions in any of Chambers’ core practice areas.

James graduated with a first class degree in Japanese from Oxford, where he received college scholarships and a University prize for coming top of his year. He then worked as a civil servant in London and Brussels and for a think tank before coming to the Bar. He obtained Distinctions while studying the GDL and the Bar Training Course and was awarded the Inner Temple’s top scholarship for the Bar Training year. During pupillage, James has gained experience across Chambers’ practice areas, including working with members of Chambers on an aviation dispute in the Court of Appeal (Times Travel (UK) Ltd v Pakistan International Airlines [2022] EWCA Civ 415) and litigation with industry-wide implications for claims under the Financial Ombudsman Scheme (Shop Direct Finance Ltd v Official Receiver [2022] EWHC 1355 (Comm)). He looks forward to building a broad commercial and chancery practice.

Rachel graduated with a First Class degree in History from the University of Oxford, where she received an academic scholarship and prizes for her performance. She then obtained Distinctions and scholarships from Gray’s Inn on both the GDL and BVS, as well as winning the Company Law prize on the BVS. During pupillage, Rachel has enjoyed gaining experience of the full range of Chambers’ practice areas, from aviation and financial services to a variety of trusts and probate matters. Most recently, she has assisted with the important payment protection insurance case Shop Direct Finance Co Ltd v Official Receiver [2022] EWHC 1355 (Comm). Rachel is very much looking forward to building her practice from October.

Please contact Paul HorsfieldJames Ladbrook or Lyndon Tiller for further details, or to discuss any aspect of Bethanie, James, or Rachel’s practices.