Our People


The Clerking Team is led by Senior Clerk, William Meade, assisted by Deputy Senior Clerk Graham Smith and Team Leaders, Paul Adams and Jack Wheeler. They each practice manage their respective team of barristers.

William has been at Old Square since December 1993 and our Senior Clerk since March 2008. He retained the team system which was introduced in 1994, a system which has proven to be a popular concept for other chambers.

The Team Leaders are supported by the Senior and Junior Team Leaders' Assistants and two Junior Clerks, as well as our Annexe Manager, Liane Ractliffe, in Bristol. The Clerking Team will be pleased to discuss all aspects of our members' practices, suitability and availability of counsel, their fees and any other aspect of Old Square Chambers life.

We strive to form strong working relationships with our clients, with open lines of communication playing a fundamental part in understanding of our client’s requirements and tailoring our services accordingly. Furthermore we recognise that the approach of our clerking service has played a significant part in Chambers' continued growth and presence as a successful set in the market place.

Extract from the Client Services at the Bar - Chambers and Partners 2016...

The clerking team at Old Square Chambers is widely praised by instructing solicitors for their “business-like and efficient approach” on the one hand, and their “friendly” manner on the other. Solicitors particularly like that the clerks are “attentive and very approachable, with no airs and graces at all” as well as “on the ball and responsive.” Senior clerk William Meade “goes out of his way to help,” according to sources, who add that the clerks in general “bend over backwards” to support instructing solicitors. Clients also highlight the high value for money that this set can offer, commenting that “they are well run and have many top qual­ity barristers whose rates compare favourably with barristers of similar experience and qual­ity elsewhere.” The set’s client service receives praise from top to bottom and, in the words of one commentator, Old Square Chambers is “a really reliable, professional outfit, from clerks to barristers. I’ve been impressed with the set; everyone I’ve dealt with I would recommend. The clerking is really good, very helpful and accommodating. They’re very friendly and re­ally good at managing diaries.”

Legal 500 2015...

‘It is a very well-run set, where the clerks focus on meeting the needs of solicitors, and are very proactive in ensuring that they do this.’ There is ‘a great level of service overall’, and ‘when the clerks recommend someone, you know you can trust them’. Senior clerk William Meade ‘goes out of his way to be helpful and accommodating, and makes an effort to get to know chambers’ clients well’. Senior team leader James Wilkinson is also singled out: ‘nothing is too much trouble and he always delivers in getting the right barrister for the right case’.

Chambers & Partners 2015...

Head clerk William Meade is “particularly good; he has an open ear to any concerns, and came to visit us recently to ask about service, which nobody else has done from other sets.” He and his team are commended for “finding the best barrister for the case; they go out of their way to make sure they provide the right service.” All of them are considered “extremely personable,” “highly responsive and in-tune with client needs.” They are also known for the commercial­ity of their thinking. Clients who use the set are appreciative of its seminars, training and mock trials and tribunals, which are considered “incredibly helpful.” Instructing solicitors further value being kept apprised of developments in cases: “The clerks always find out whether the case is listed and the name of the judge the day before a hearing.”

Legal 500 2014....

Old Square Chambers is "the go-to set for reliable, client-friendly and no-nonsense counsel". It is often best known for its employment practice (rated by some as being "second to none"), but other areas of strength include personal injury, clinical negligence and environmental law. Chambers also continues to build its professional discipline practice. The service provided by the "friendly and approachable" clerks is consistently identified as being "among the best". "They know their barristers really well and do a great job of taking into account individual firms' likes and dislikes." In addition, "they understand the changing legal landscape and have embraced the post-Jackson changes positively, looking at different ways to work with solicitors cost effectively". The clerks’ room is led with "enthusiasm, commercial acumen and pragmatism" by the "excellent" William Meade, who is "extremely personable and goes the extra mile".

Chambers & Partners 2014...

Old Square Chambers has forged a formidable reputation for its unstinting commitment to client service. The set enjoys high client satisfaction ratings, and is known for having “an absolutely first-rate clerking team.” The clerks, led by William Meade, provide “overwhelmingly strong support” to instructing solicitors, and display “an excellent speed of turnaround and a high degree of flexibility.” Perhaps what impresses solicitors the most is the team’s capacity to listen; “they are highly receptive to feedback,” and solicitors “entirely trust their opinion when they refer us to barristers.

The Clerks can be contacted between 8.00am to 7.00pm, Monday to Friday on either their direct lines or by dialling 020 7269 0300. In the event that you need to speak to a clerk outside of these hours please contact us on 07970 649755.


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