Leeds-based barristers set Parklane Plowden Chambers (PLP) has appointed senior clerk John Hammond as personal injury and clinical negligence practice director.

John brings more than 30 years’ legal sector experience to the role and joins from Manchester-based 18 St John Street Chambers, where he clerked for 23 years.

His appointment represents a strategic move by PLP as it seeks to further boost its fee earning work on the North Eastern Circuit, which spans from Newcastle to Sheffield, and the Northern Circuit, which ranges from Carlisle to Chester.

During his career, John has seen the elevation of 12 barristers to the judiciary at high court, circuit and district judge levels. He also saw the threefold expansion of 18 St John Street Chambers during his time clerking with the set.

As practice director at PLP, John will provide senior clerking services for the chambers’ 65-strong personal injury and clinical negligence team.

Welcoming John to chambers, PLP’s director of clerking and business development, Michael Stubbs, said: “John enjoys a fantastic reputation as a top-class clerk, so it is a real coup for us to have recruited such an experienced operator.

“His appointment comes as we look to further increase our presence in the North West and grow our practice on both the Northern and North Eastern Circuits. With John’s strong network of contacts and the close relationships he has built working with solicitors for many years, we’re confident he will play a key role in helping us achieve that aim.”

John said: “PLP has a long-established reputation for excellence in its personal injury and clinical negligence practice.

“I’m very pleased have joined such a well-respected chambers and look forward to clerking for one of the largest and most talented personal injury and clinical negligence teams in the North.”