What a clerk does
A clerk will generally be the first person you’ll speak to in chambers regarding your case.
They are very knowledgeable and are best placed in helping you find the right barrister for you.
They try to avoid double booking counsel in family and civil matters without prior agreement of all parties involved. Often cases are listed without reference to counsel’s availability. In such circumstances they endeavour to notify those concerned so as to avoid any inconvenience to clients and solicitors alike.
The clerks will contact you as soon as possible if your counsel of choice cannot undertake your work to explain the reason and discuss suitable alternative counsel.
Fee Notes are aimed to be despatched within seven days of work being concluded.
Extract from The Times on Ronald Burley (clerk), 8th April 2010.
“Solicitors knew that, in an emergency, Burley could not only produce an outstanding advocate to plead their case but also a judge prepared to hear it at short notice.” This quote highlights the importance and value a clerk can bring to a barrister’s chambers.
Become a clerk
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