Clerking & Administration

'brilliant to work with'

Legal 500

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

Legal 500

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

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

Chambers UK

'very responsive and practical'

Legal 500

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

Jamie Saunders - Coastal Housing Group

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.  

Management

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 Senior Practice teams 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

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.

Priya Greig

Practice Assistant

Priya joined chambers in April 2022.

She graduated from Kingston University with a BA (Hons) in International Relations and Politics. 

Prior to joining chambers, Priya worked as a paralegal for a solicitors firm specialising in recruitment and as a Business consultant within the IT industry. 

Her general clerking duties in chambers involve assisting the barristers and senior clerking team. 

In her spare time, Priya enjoys travelling and socialising with friends.

Administration

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.

Jacqui Coslett

Fees Administrator

Jacqui joined the team in March 2022 bringing 21 years of clerking experience, billing and fee collection having previously worked in a multi-discipline set of Chambers. 

Jacqui studied with Central Law Training and the IBC in 2006 - 2007 and was gained a Level 3 BTEC award in Chambers Administration.

Away from Chambers Jacqui enjoys spending time with her family and walks with Oscar the Labrador.

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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