Clerking & Administration

"Wonderful service, you and your colleagues have been fantastic."

Jamie Saunders - Coastal Housing Group

'brilliant to work with'

Legal 500

“Their clerks are great, really helpful... They are thoroughly reliable and very pleasant to deal with”

Chambers UK

'The ‘excellent’ clerks are collectively ‘helpful, practical, and knowledgeable’

Legal 500

'very responsive and practical'

Legal 500

Our clerking team is fundamental to the success of 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square. The team is proactive, professional, fully experienced and led by the needs of the clients, to ensure a first-class service at all times. Their detailed knowledge of individual members' practices means that a bespoke service is provided for solicitors, in-house counsel, professional clients and private individuals.  The clerking team works alongside and is supported by a fully experienced administration team.  

 

Our clerking and administration teams are led by Chambers' Chief Executive, Vicky Thompson.

Clerking Team

Tom Grove

Senior Clerk

Tom has clerked in several high-profile London Chambers for 36 years and was delighted to be asked to join 4-5 recently. His experience, judgement, good humour and calmness under pressure are appreciated by professional and lay clients throughout the country. After gaining a Law degree at Queen Mary College he first worked in management in the UK manufacturing industry, before being drawn back to the legal world as a Clerk. He became an Accredited Mediator in 2005. Rare time away from Chambers is spent with family, walking the dog, travelling the world, reading, cinema, and when allowed – supporting Arsenal FC.

Emily Martin

Senior Practice Manager

Emily is a Senior Practice Manager and helps clients to make an informed decision when selecting counsel.  Her 12 years’ experience and knowledge of our members means she can quickly provide availability and fee quotes. Emily’s main focus is on building client relationships and meeting their business needs.

Emily works alongside other members of the Senior Management team to provide first class customer service, administration, and business development strategies. She is described by the Legal 500 as ‘very personable and professional’.

Emily has a BA English degree from The University of London, Birkbeck.

David Penson

Senior Practice Manager

David joined Chambers as Senior Practice Manager in March 2019 and has been a clerk for over 20 years.

David works closely with the Senior Management Team and is responsible for all aspects of practice management for members including work allocation, fee negotiation and business development.  He has experience with fixing cases in all divisions of  the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

Outside Chambers, David is a keen follower of sport in general with particular interests in football, tennis and golf. He takes pleasure in spending as much time as he can with his young family.

Stephen Somerville

Senior Practice Manager

Stephen has over 30 years' clerking experience working in barristers' chambers, prior to joining 4-5 in October 2018. Stephen works closely with the Senior Management Team providing valuable support to the entire clerking team and Chambers members'. 

Stephen is happy to assist clients with work allocation and fee negotiation.

Josh Mann

Practice Manager

Josh’s 6 years’ experience enables him to quickly identify the needs of clients and recommend the right Barrister for your case.  He is able to provide you with fee quotes for hearings and accurate turnaround times for paperwork.

Josh is trained in Direct Access and is able to liaise directly with lay clients regarding availability of counsel.  He also has experience fixing cases in all divisions of the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

In his spare time, Josh plays football and supports West Ham United.

Angus Grove

Junior Clerk

Angus graduated in 2018 from Nottingham University in Philosophy and Economics. He has quickly become an integral part of the team, helping to deliver a responsive quality service to Clients and Members of Chambers alike.

His hard work ethic and attention to detail are appreciated by all those with whom he interacts.

He is a keen sportsman and applies himself to keeping fit and healthy with the same vigour and enthusiasm as he applies to his work. Friends, travel and Arsenal FC feature highly in his spare time.

Management and Administration

Vicky Thompson

Chief Executive

Vicky Thompson leads the senior management team in Chambers with responsibility for strategic planning, business development, finance, marketing, clerking & administration, governance & compliance.  She led a significant strategic overhaul of Chambers over the last year, culminating in a successful merger with former members of Arden Chambers.

A successful track record in high profile senior roles, with a reputation for leading and implementing transformational change, Vicky has been noted in Legal 500 as being “high quality” and “having vision”. She is passionate about the continuing development of a sustainable, client-driven ethos.

Having spent many years as a school Governor (Vice Chair) and later a University Governor, Vicky advises the Education sector on Academy structure & process. An advocate of continuous change and development Vicky regularly delivers values driven personal development programs and is currently working on her own research project examining feminine leadership.

Achieving an MBA with Distinction was a recent personal high point but her real personal passion is sailing!

Vicky welcomes and encourages feedback about Chambers, both good & bad and is contactable at any time, vthompson@4-5.co.uk

Barbara Morris

Fees Administrator

Barbara's lifelong experience in Chambers enables her to assist solicitors with any queries regarding payment of fees they have incurred and she always endeavours to be approachable and responsive.  In her spare time Barbara enjoys walking, reading, cooking and gardening.

Anita Heartfield

Administrator

Anita assists with the general administration of Chambers and is first port of call for Chambers' suppliers. 

Steven Newton

Information Technology

Steven is our Information Technology expert and makes sure our IT meets the needs of our clients and business.

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