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 when dealing with diary management and fee negotiation. ___________________________________________________________________________________ 'The clerks are excellent, especially Julie Holcombe. They will always accommodate my needs and are willing to do all they can to help clients if necessary' - The Legal 500 2021

Ben Cross

Second Junior Clerk

Ben joined chambers in 2007 having previously worked at another London Family chambers. He works closely with James and Julie to manage members practices.

Jamie Critchell

Third 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 overseeing the fixtures.

Lily Merrigan


Lily joined chambers in December 2023 after previously clerking at another family law chambers. Lily's day to day duties include diary management and assisting Jamie with fixtures.

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.

"a set with a very good spread of experience"

Chambers & Partners