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 2018...

William Meade, a veteran of the set for nigh on 25 years and Old Square’s senior clerk for nearly ten years, presides over a clerks room which attracts a wealth of praise from instructing solicitors. One interviewee says: “They are some of the best clerks I have come across.” Another source adds that “the level of service is pretty phenomenal,” while other impressed commentators appreciate that the clerking team will “bend over backwards and help as much as possible.”

Meade himself is singled out for praise, with one interviewee describing him as an “outstanding head clerk.” The excellence of others in the set’s clerking team is demonstrated in commentary which refers to Nick Salt, the medical team co-ordinator, as someone who “always takes great care when asked to fit the right counsel for the case.” Paul Adams also receives praise for being “very helpful and very amenable.” In relation to billing, instructing solicitors are pleased that the set is “flexible and transparent with fees.” Finally, sources also draw attention to the benefits of the quality seminars run by members of Old Square.

Legal 500 2017...

The clerks do ‘a fantastic job’ too, ‘always going the extra mile’; ‘nothing is ever a problem’. Senior clerk William Meade in particular is ‘a star’, who ‘delivers an outstanding service and takes great care to ensure instructing solicitors are very well looked after’. His team includes team leaders Paul Adams, who is ‘very diligent, helpful and prompt in replying to all enquiries’, and Jack Wheeler. Consultant Nick Salt is also ‘a first-rate clerk’.

We have also previously been ranked in the directories:

Chambers and Partners 2016...

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.' 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’.

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.”

Legal 500 2014....

Old Square Chambers is "the go-to set for reliable, client-friendly and no-nonsense counsel".

The service provided by the "friendly and approachable" clerks is consistently identified as being "among the best".

Chambers & Partners 2014...

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.”


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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