Our clerking team comprises 11 full-time clerks (including one dedicated fees clerk) and is widely rated for the modern, professional and client-focused service that it provides. The clerks’ room is staffed between 8.30am and 7.00pm, but emergency contact is always available outside that time and at weekends.

James Shortall

Senior Clerk

Responsible for the day-to-day running of chambers, James has been clerking since March 1995. James joined chambers in June 2001 and was swiftly promoted to Senior Clerk in March 2004. James has a comprehensive and in-depth knowledge of every member of chambers and their practice which, when coupled with his 'can do' approach, makes for a friendly, professional, and efficient service. He is widely praised for his enthusiasm and his friendly and approachable nature.

Julie Holcombe

First Junior

Julie has been part of our clerking team since January 2002 after crossing over from Crown Office Chambers. She has extensive clerking experience, which dates back to 1995. She has a sound knowledge of chambers, which enables her to provide a first class service to our clients.

Hudson Brewer

First Junior

Hudson started as a Junior Clerk at 1 Kings Bench Walk back in 1994. He then worked in chambers in Sydney, Australia, before heading the Family Team at Hardwicke Buildings. He then joined Julie as First Junior in June 2004. His clear understanding of our barristers ensures our high level of service is maintained. Hudson is also the designated Clerk for the Children (Public Law) Team.

Ben Cross

Second Junior Clerk

Ben started clerking in September 2001 at 22 Old Buildings (now 42 Bedford Row) where he was well-trained. We were lucky enough to lure him away in September 2007. He plays a vital role in assisting Hudson and Julie in the day-to-day running of the diary.

Sean Gentleman

Third Junior Clerk

Sean joined Chambers in October 2006 as a Junior Clerk. He now oversees the fixing of all cases and plays an integral role in the day-to-day diary management.

Jamie Critchell

Junior Clerk

Jamie Joined chambers in March 2017 having previously worked at another specialist family law chambers. His day to day duties include diary management and assisting Sean with Fixtures.

Danny Holloway

Junior Clerk

Danny started in chambers in August 2015 as a junior clerk. He assists with the day to day running of the diary and his primary duties are liaising with courts and assisting Jamie and Sean with Fixtures.

Sam Groom

Junior Clerk

Sam joined chambers in September 2016 and along with George provides support for all members of chambers. His duties including assisting counsel at court

George Wishart

Junior Clerk

George Joined chambers in in July 2017 having previously completed work experience in another chambers.

Steve Pickin

Fees Clerk

Before joining 29 Bedford Row Steve worked in the Customer Service/civil finance department of the LSC. Nothing could have given him a better grounding for his current role. He is responsible for all fee account management and his knowledge of this area is second to none.

“the clerks build strong working relationships with solicitors and guarantee that the brief is thoroughly prepared”

Chambers & Partners