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Practice Management / Clerks

Clerking/Practice Management Team of the Year – The Legal 500 UK Awards 2020

Our clerking team has a pre-eminent reputation for professionalism and friendliness. Through training, assessment and use of the most modern and highly developed administration systems at the Bar, we work to ensure that all cases are handled in an efficient, effective and prompt way. We never compromise on the reliability of our service to clients.

A strong feature of Wilberforce Chambers’ clerking team is that even though it is comprised of four teams: Senior QC’s, Junior QC’s, Senior Juniors and Juniors, it is effectively one working team. Strong lines of communication ensure that our clients’ needs are met without delay, on every occasion. Our clerks are easily accessible and always happy to discuss the experience, suitability and availability of Counsel.

The clerks are professional, organised and conscientious.”  “You are always treated like the only client they have.”  “They are extremely proactive and take a modern service-level approach to work and fees.”  “The clerking is absolutely amazing – they always make sure things happen for you.”  “The clerking team is led by head practice manager Mark Rushton, who is praised as one of the best in the business.”  “Nick Luckman is the practice director and is described as hands-on, efficient and committed to offering great service.” Chambers UK, 2020

Always a pleasure to deal with’, practice director Nicholas Luckman ‘has no rival’ at the Bar. Together with head practice manager Mark Rushton, Luckman runs ‘a very slick operation’ that befits the calibre of the set’s members. The ‘fabulous’ clerking team ‘delivers a service with professionalism and integrity’. ‘Forever going above and beyond’, senior practice manager Fraser Geddes is recommended for his ‘helpful, can-do approach’. ‘He is incredibly client-focused and will always do everything he can to accommodate.’ Also worthy of a special mention is senior practice manager Danny Smillie, who is ‘excellent, and goes the extra mile’. Practice manager Stewart Cameron is ‘a delight to work alongside. Extremely polite, impressively organised, and responsive to boot. You get the sense nothing is too much trouble for him, and he will do all he can to deliver the highest quality service’. Solicitors have also been ‘particularly impressed’ by practice manager Ben Rippengale. The ‘exceptionally helpful’ Andrew Barnes has recently been promoted to senior practice manager and, judging from solicitor feedback, this was a shrewd move by chambers (‘His clerking is second to none and he has been an absolute asset to the team; he’s excellent – responsive, helpful, and has a genuine understanding of the teams he works with’).”The Legal 500 UK, 2020