Clerking & Administration

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

Chambers UK

'We would also like to convey thanks from everybody here for the amazing help and input over the holiday period'

'very responsive and practical'

Legal 500

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

Legal 500

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

Jamie Saunders - Coastal Housing Group

'brilliant to work with'

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.


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, 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 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 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,

Clerking Team

Emily Martin

Senior Clerk

Emily is the Senior Clerk and guides Chambers' clients to make an informed decision when selecting Counsel.  Her experience and extensive knowledge of our members and their practices means she can swiftly and efficiently offer helpful input to clients and provide fee quotes when necessary. Emily’s main focus is on building new and maintaining existing client relationships to meet their business needs.

Emily works closely with the Chief Executive and other members of the Senior Clerking 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.

Stephen Somerville

Deputy Senior Clerk

Stephen has over 30 years' clerking experience working in several well-known barristers' Chambers, prior to joining 4-5 in October 2018. He has extensive knowledge of our members and our core areas of practice. Stephen can quickly assist clients with work allocation and fee negotiation including procurement.

He has particular experience  in medical regulatory cases being brought against healthcare professionals being heard at the MPTS, GDC, NMC, HCPC, GPHC, internal disciplinary tribunals, First Tier Tribunal Administrative court, Court of Appeal, inquests, criminal courts, Magistrates and Crown court.

Stephen also has extensive experience in;

Health and safety regulatory - inquests and criminal cases.

Police Law – All aspects

Financial Services - FCA criminal insider dealing, civil fraud and RDC tribunal aspects, Accountants and Tax tribunals

Professional Discipline - Education, Solicitors, Parliamentary Disciplinary

Healthcare regulatory - Public Inquiries and CQC regulation

Employment Law

Stephen is Direct Public Access trained and is very happy to assist clients with our direct public access barristers.

Tom Barnes

First Junior Clerk

Tom joined Chambers in January 2020. He has been a clerk for over 18 years and worked in a variety of Chambers. He specialises in white collar fraud and regulatory & disciplinary work.

Outside of work Tom loves to spend time with friends and family.  He is also a keen cyclist, and has been known to compete in Ironman 70.3 races.

David Penson

First Junior Clerk

David joined Chambers as Senior Practice Manager in March 2019 and has over 20 years’ experience in clerking.

David works closely with the Senior Management Team in providing a high level of service to clients across all of Chambers’ practice areas.  He is also responsible for all aspects of practice management for members including work allocation, diary management, fee negotiation and business development.  Together with the Senior Management Team, he also plays an active role in the strategic planning of chambers and marketing activities.  David 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 wife and young family.

Josh Mann

Acting First Junior Clerk

Josh has several years experience in clerking, ranging across various areas of law. His experience enables him to quickly identify the needs of clients and recommend the right Barrister for any case.  Josh currently clerks all members of Chambers.

Josh has completed the Bar Council Public Access Course 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. 

Josh is a member of the Institute of Barristers’ Clerks and regularly attends training events and seminars on behalf of Chambers.

In his spare time, Josh enjoys playing football and follows his beloved West Ham United all around the country.

Junior Clerks

Ava Hill

Junior Clerk and Mediation Administrator

Ava joined Chambers in January 2020 as Junior Clerk. 

As well as her Junior Clerk duties, Ava works alongside Chambers Chief Executive and the Senior Clerk on our social media, including our 4-5 Blog, and assists with general day-to-day administration.

Ava is also our dedicated Mediation Administrator.

Her previous experience in customer facing roles means she can provide a first-class service, always going over and above to ensure client satisfaction.

Ava’s interest in languages has led her to study Spanish in her own time, meaning she is able to communicate both verbally and in written form to a good standard.

She is a member of the Institute of Barristers’ Clerks and in her free time she enjoys spending time with friends and family and walking her Jack Russell Bernard.

Ellie Barra

Junior Clerk

Ellie joined Chambers in November 2020 as a Junior Clerk having previously worked in the same role at another Barristers' Chambers.

She studied English, Physical Education and Media Studies at Sixth Form College.

Ellie's duties include supporting the Barristers, the senior clerking team & Chambers Chief Executive and also assisting with the marketing, including social media and the administration of Chambers.

Outside work, Ellie plays football for her local team and hopes to bring some serious expertise to the 4-5 football team!

She also enjoys socialising with friends and family.

Ellie is a member of the Institute of Barristers Clerks.

Billy Reid

Junior Clerk

Billy joined chambers in July 2021 as a Junior Clerk.

He graduated in 2020 with a BA in Geography from the University of Leicester.

Alongside his studies he gained experience in customer-oriented roles.

His general clerking duties in chambers involve assisting the barristers and senior clerking team, together with assisting Chambers Chief Executive in an administrative capacity.

Outside work Billy enjoys playing football and golf as well as attempting to play guitar.

Billy is a member of the Institute of Barristers Clerks.


Gill Butchard

Fees Administrator

Gill joined Chambers in January 2020 bringing with her a wealth of experience in Chambers Fees Administration across the full range of case work undertaken by Counsel. Gill has worked in numerous Chambers in England and Wales over the last 20 years as a Chambers' Administrator, Fees Clerk, Consultant and Trainer, but Chambers' billing and fees collection are her specialist areas of expertise. 


In her spare time Gill loves singing, theatre, spending time with friends and helps with the running of activities for those with mild to moderate dementia. 

Kevin McCourt

Fees Administrator

Kevin joined the team in January 2020 bringing with him over 30 years of clerking experience, having previously worked at several high profile barristers’ Chambers.

Kevin is responsible for both the fee collection and payment processing for all Chambers privately funded cases.

His interests away from work include playing golf (he is currently Club Captain at his local course), watching football at all levels and more importantly spending time with his wife and teenage children, Ryan and Neve.

Steve 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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