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 2019...

Old Square Chambers is ‘very well run and clerked’ according to impressed interviewees, and is praised for being ‘an extremely approachable set of chambers which puts a premium on service delivery.’ Sources particularly appreciate the clerks’ knowledge of practice areas and their ability to recommend counsel, noting that they are ‘well briefed on members’ areas of expertise,’ and ‘always able to make appropriate suggestions for barristers with the availability and skills needed for a given case.’ Senior clerk William Meade is highlighted by a number of instructing solicitors for his dedication to client service, drawing praise from interviewees who describe him as ‘very down to earth, easy to talk to, responsive and very good at understanding a client’s position.’ Sources go on to add: ‘Will Meade takes ongoing client relations very seriously and always makes himself available; he can be contacted at any hour.’ Other members of the team are also singled out for praise, such as team leaders’ assistant Olivia Moliterno, who receives accolades from several interviewees for her provision of a ‘top-drawer service’ and her ‘efficient and friendly’ approach. One instructing solicitor notes that ‘the set goes beyond other chambers in its service' adding that ‘nothing is ever too much trouble.’

Legal 500 2018...

Old Square Chambers is ‘a go-to set for employment matters’, with ‘excellent counsel at all levels’. For some, chambers offers the best counsel around ‘in terms of value for money, availability and high-quality barristers’. While the set is well respected for its work on employment issues, it also houses ‘a decent roster’ of ‘talented’, ‘extremely knowledgeable’ personal injury counsel, and has ‘great set with depth’ in clinical negligence work; ‘they have someone who is right for each case’. Members are ably assisted by a group of ‘responsive clerks with very good knowledge of clients and practice areas. They offer the right barrister up for the right client’. ‘Nothing is ever too much trouble’ for the ‘fantastic, professional and slick’ clerking team led by ‘friendly, approachable and client-focused’ senior clerk William Meade; ‘he always listens to what you want and provides super service’. Deputy senior clerk Graham Smith is ‘highly regarded’; Jack Wheeler and Joe Kallas are both ‘excellent clerks’ who ‘always respond very quickly and provide an outstanding service’. Olivia Moliterno is singled out for praise and consultant Nick Salt is also a name to note. Chambers premises are ‘widely admired’ as a venue for conferences and settlement meetings. Offices in: London, Bristol

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.”

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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