‘‘21st century and entrepreneurial-style clerking’’ ; Senior clerk David Hockney ‘‘tries to accommodate clients, wherever possible’’. His team includes John Keegan and Steven Duffett, who are ‘‘a real pleasure to deal with’’ – Legal 500 2016
Our clerks are here to help you instruct a barrister. They are committed to delivering the highest levels of client service. Their detailed knowledge of the expertise and availability of our members will provide you with all the information and advice that you may need to find a suitable barrister or team of barristers. Monckton Chambers has considerable strength in depth with a large pool of QCs and juniors, and we take pride in tailoring our services to the particular needs of each case and client.
Our clerks also have excellent knowledge of the administration of the courts and tribunals and can assist with all aspects of case management, listing and court liaison.
The clerking team is responsible for agreeing, billing and collecting professional fees, which are negotiated on a case-by-case basis. Rates vary from barrister to barrister and depend on many factors, including the complexity and length of the case. Our clerks adopt a flexible approach to fees and are happy to agree hourly rates or all-inclusive fees for individual pieces of work.
All our clerks undertake the BTEC Advanced Award in Chambers Administration and all are members of the Institute of Barristers’ Clerks.
Chambers’ business hours are 08.00 to 19.00, Monday to Friday. Our clerks can be contacted as follows:
Outside office hours only, David Hockney, our Senior Clerk can be contacted on +44 (0)7973 757 979.
David leads the clerking team at Monckton Chambers and is responsible for the development and management of all practices within Chambers. Having clerked at Monckton Chambers since 1990 he has seen the Chambers evolve into a modern, progressive, client-focused organisation. He has been the Senior Clerk since 2002, in which time he has developed and managed a number of successful business development initiatives. David is a key member of Chambers Management Committee and chairs all of Chambers practice group meetings and as such is crucial to Chambers’ strategic and decision making processes.
John joined Chambers in 2002 progressing to the position of Deputy Senior Clerk, which he assumed in January 2018. John can advise on the full spectrum of client services within Chambers with his key responsibilities being the distribution of work, fee negotiation and practice development for all members of Chambers. John has strong case management and listing skills and can assist clients on listing procedures in all courts and tribunals in which Chambers appear. John is an integral member of our Marketing Committee and also sits on the practice specific strategy groups.
In August 2016 John achieved a Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management from the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM).
“John Keegan at Monckton is seriously impressive; he makes sure that he’s on top of everything and he understands how to help our clients.” – Chambers and Partners 2020
John Keegan is ‘approachable and very easy to deal with’ – ‘nothing is too much trouble’ – Legal 500, 2017
“First junior clerk John Keegan ‘deserves particular mention for his hard work and can-do attitude’.” – Legal 500, 2015
Steven commenced his clerking career at Monckton Chambers in 2006. He has since made rapid progress to become an essential part of the senior clerking operation. His main responsibilities include advising clients on the distribution of work, managing Counsels’ diaries, fee negotiation and fixing court hearings in all courts and tribunals. A detailed knowledge of all members of Chambers’ practices enables him to swiftly advise clients on the most suitable counsel or team of counsel to instruct. Steven has strategic input to Chambers’ business development activities, is an active member of the practice specific working groups and also sits on the Chambers’ Pupillage Committee.
Steven achieved a Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management from the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) in October 2017.
First junior Steven Duffett is ‘a real problem-solver when it comes to getting time with counsel’ – Legal 500, 2018
First junior Steven Duffett is ‘highly effective in a hands-on and task-focused way’ – Leagal 500, 2020
Chris began clerking in 2006. Much of his career has been spent at a leading Chancery Commercial set. Chris’ primary focus is on Chambers Commercial practice area. Responsibilities include all diary management, fee negotiation, fixing in all Courts and advising clients on appropriate Counsel for new matters. Chris also assists in Chambers business development efforts.
Chris completed his Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management from the Institute of Leadership & Management in 2016. Chris was a member of the IBC’s management committee from 2014 – 2018, focusing on education matters and the Institutes annual Conferences.
Gemma began her clerking career in September 2006 at Thirty Nine Essex Street. Gemma joined chambers in 2014, she assists in all aspects of clerking including distribution and acceptance of work, fee negotiation and practice development for all members of Chambers. Gemma has a strong background in Public and Administrative law. In 2008 she successfully completed the BTEC Advanced Award in Chambers Administration.
Jaden began his clerking career at 11KBW in October 2013, where he obtained a great knowledge of Public and Administrative, Procurement, and Information law. Jaden joined Chambers in 2018 and is responsible for fixing in all Courts, fee negotiation, managing and developing members practices and essentially contributing to the smooth running of Chambers. Jaden has been described in Chambers and Partners as “Very helpful, friendly and easy to deal with”. In 2017 Jaden successfully completed the BTEC Advanced Award in Chambers Administration.
James joined Chambers in March 2017 having graduated from the University of Hull with an LLB Law & Business degree. He provides support to all members of Chambers across a variety of areas, including liaising with clients regarding distribution and acceptance of work, management of Counsels’ diaries and the fixing of cases.
Jack joined Chambers in March 2017 with a degree in History with Politics from Plymouth University. He began his career with Monckton as the Documents Management Assistant and made the natural progression of moving over to the clerking team in July 2018. He assists in the general day-to-day running of Chambers, including taking papers to and from court, distributing post and DX and any other administrative duties required.