“All are a credit to the set, without exception, and will go the extra mile for you, even with impossible requests”
Legal 500 2016
Our clerking team has one goal: to provide a reliable service to legal professionals, businesses and individuals alike.
We strive to provide efficient, friendly and flexible clerking so that our clients are provided with accurate guidance when selecting barristers and effective administration when dealing with their case.
The clerks are on hand to advise on availability, suitability and cost of barristers. We appreciate that different cases benefit from different approaches and we strive to tailor our service to meet the bespoke requirements of each individual client.
We provide a first class service to clients to ensure that Ely Place maintains its reputation as a progressive set, offering forward thinking advocacy and advice with traditional values.
Michael has over 30 years’ experience in Magic Circle commercial and leading commercial chancery sets of Chambers. He works alongside Senior Clerk, Richard Sheehan, in continuing the development of Chambers across our practice areas.
Telephone: 020 7400 9614
Richard has been in chambers since its inception in August 2000 and became Senior Clerk in January 2017.
He is responsible for the smooth running of the Clerks Room, the management and development of members practices and (in conjunction with the Management Committee) chambers business development as a whole. Legal 500 describe Richard as a ‘second to none clerk’ who ‘will always go the extra mile’.
In October 2015, after two years of part-time study, Richard successfully completed an ILM Level 5 Diploma in Leadership Management through ILM (an organisation of which he is now a professional member). Outside of chambers Richard is a long suffering West Ham United fan, a mediocre fisherman and a terrible golfer.
Telephone: 020 7400 9621
Mobile: 07870 128617
Deputy Senior Clerk
Kevin joined chambers in 2001 as Junior Clerk and became Deputy Senior Clerk in July 2017.
Kevin is responsible for the practice management and development of members, fee negotiation and assists Richard in the efficient running of the Clerks’ Room.
Kevin enjoys being involved in the business development of chambers, and assists in updating the website. He has just started the ILM Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management.
Away from chambers, Kevin enjoys food, wine, travelling and cricket, ideally all at the same time!
Telephone: 020 7400 9601
Mobile: 07736 288055
Dave began his clerking career when he joined Ely Place as Junior Clerk in September 2004.
Dave is responsible for the day-to-day running of Chambers including diary management, allocation of work, negotiating fees and supervising the junior clerk. He is the main contact for all listing queries. Dave also plays a key role in producing the various Chambers’ newsletters.
Outside of Chambers, Dave enjoys spending time with his young family and is a keen follower of Brentford FC.
Telephone: 020 7400 9641
Mobile: 07795 233444
Laura joined Ely Place Chambers in October 2017.
Laura is responsible for reception, conferences and greeting clients when they visit chambers. She supports the Clerks in order to maintain the efficient running of chambers and assists with facilities administration and mini-pupillage.
In her spare time Laura likes experimenting with new cooking trends and ingredients, she also has a passion for mountain biking with her family and friends.
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