Sian is the Civil Senior Practice Manager. She joined Doughty Street in May 2011 having previously worked as a Civil clerk at 1 Pump Court Chambers. Sian is responsible for developing and managing the Civil practitioners in Chambers and focuses on the management of barristers' diaries and on agreeing and billing of fees.
In addition to leading the Civil clerking function, Sian is primarily responsible for the following practice areas: Housing, Community Care, Education, Immigration and Mental Health.
What others say:
"The superb senior practice manager Sian Wilkins is the consummate professional and brilliantly leads a committed and friendly civil clerking team that makes you feel very valued, and whose work is unerringly accurate and - most importantly these days - prompt." - Legal 500, 2018
Melvin is Practice Manager for our Actions Against The Police, Inquest and Media team. His current responsibilities include all aspects of practice management, allocation of work, fee negotiation and practice development. With over 23 years’ experience of practice management, Melvin was shortlisted by the Legal 500 in the category of 2019 ‘Clerk/Practice Manager of the Year’. Melvin joined Chambers in July 2019 following 19 years at Media specialists, 1 Brick Court.
Outside work, Melvin likes long weekend walks with his Wife and is a member of the Amateur Swimming Association and keen open water swimmer. Melvin loves to read and, like most, is prone to the odd stint on Netflix. A follower of most sports he occasionally likes to spoil a good walk with a round of Golf.
Luke is a Civil Practice Manager. His current responsibilities encompass the management and development of all aspects of barristers’ practices including diary management, allocation of new work; fee negotiation and fixing.
Luke is primarily responsible for the following practice areas: Actions Against the Police, Prisons, Inquests and Inquiries and Crime related Public Law.
Luke joined Doughty Street in March 2015 after starting his career at 42 Bedford Row in early 2010 and progressing to Civil Team Assistant in late 2012.
Outside of work, Luke enjoys spending time in the gym and general socialising with both friends and family.
Grace is a Civil Team Junior. Grace acts as a point of contact for all instructing solicitors, manages Counsels’ diaries effectively and undertakes any other tasks delegated by the Civil Team.
Grace joined Doughty Street Chambers in February 2019 having previously been a Personal Assistant to the Chief Executive at Matrix Chambers.
Rachel is a Practice Manager and is responsible for diary management, fees negotiation, and business development.
Rachel Joined Doughty Street Chambers in February 2011 after successfully completing her A Levels. She began her career in clerking as an office assistant at Doughty Street and quickly progressed to the position of Team Assistant in one of the civil practice teams, led by Sian Wilkins. This team specialises in Community Care, Education, Housing, Immigration and Mental Health. Rachel has also completed the BTEC Advanced Award in Chambers; Administration for Barristers’ Clerks.
Rachel is currently undertaking a Spanish course and enjoys spending time with her family, in particular, her niece.
Emily is a Civil Practice Assistant in one of the civil practice teams, led by Sian Wilkins. This team specialises in Community Care, Education, Housing, Immigration and Mental Health. Emily is responsible for fixings, day to day diary management and administration of fees.
Emily completed the BTEC Advanced Award in Chambers; Administration for Barristers’ Clerks. Emily Joined Doughty Street Chambers in March 2015 having previously been a Clerk at 1 Pump Court Chambers.
Outside of work, Emily enjoys horse riding and spending time with her friends and family, especially her 2 younger brothers.
Adam is the Practice Manager for the Clinical Negligence, Personal Injury, Product Liability, Professional Negligence, Mediation, International Civil Law and Information & Data Protection Law teams.
His responsibilities encompass the overall management and business development of all barristers’ practice including the teams’ strategic planning, diary management, allocation of work, fee negotiation as well as the professional development of his two very capable practice assistants.
Adam joined Doughty Street Chambers in April 2019 and brings with him over 21 years of clerking experience having previously worked at one of the countries leading common law sets.
Away from the office, Adam is a keen cook who also enjoys the outdoor life, travelling and exploring new cultures, skiing and holidaying in Walt Disney World, which in recent years has been made even more magical due to the arrival of his increasingly expanding family.
Ben is a Civil Senior Practice Assistant. His current responsibilities encompass the management and development of all barristers’ practice including diary management, allocation of new work; fee negotiation and fixing.
Ben is primarily responsible for the following practice areas: Clinical Negligence & Personal Injury, Product Liability, Professional Negligence, Mediation, International Civil Law and Information Law & Data Protection.
Ben joined Doughty Street in February 2019 from Temple Garden Chambers. Ben has also previously worked at Cloisters Chambers and 36 Bedford Row.
Outside of work Ben enjoys football and golf and is keen on trivia.
Neil assists in the management and development of all aspects of barristers’ practices including diary management, allocation of work and fee negotiation.
Neil is responsible for the following practice areas: Clinical Negligence, Personal Injury, Product Liability, Professional Negligence, Civil International Law and Mediations.
Neil joined Doughty Street Chambers in November 2016, having previously worked at Arden Chambers, 36 Bedford Row and 1 Essex Court.
Outside of Work, Neil is an avid movie goer, a frustrated snooker player and a Manchester United supporter.
Callum joined chambers in May 2011 and is a Civil Practice Manager. His current responsibilities encompass the management and development of all barristers’ practice in the Employment, Professional Discipline, Media, Sport & Information teams. This includes diary management, allocation of new work, fee negotiation and managing client relationships.
Outside of work, Callum enjoys all things sport and is one of the very few remaining Charlton Athletic season ticket holders.
Sam is a Civil Practice Junior and assists Callum in the Employment team with diary management, allocation of work, fee negotiations, attending fixing appointments
He clerks in the following practice areas: Employment & Discrimination, Professional Discipline, Media & Defamation.
He joined Doughty Street Chambers in January 2017 and in June 2017, Sam passed the IBC’s Advanced Award in Chambers Administration.
Sam’s interests include football (West Ham United), boxing and socialising with friends and family.
Richard is a Crime Practice Manager responsible for developing and managing all forms of criminal work, but with a particular focus on regulatory and financial crime. With over 25 years’ clerking experience, he manages the practices of a number of our Silks and senior juniors and is always happy to advise solicitors and others on suitable choices of counsel and to agree private fees.
Richard joined Doughty Street in October 2011. Having initially qualified as a graphic designer, Richard is involved in developing the criminal team’s marketing collateral, and having experienced countless changes affecting the criminal justice system in the intervening years, he brings a wealth of knowledge to Doughty Street Crime. He is widely regarded as our resident Criminal Legal Aid expert.
A loyal supporter of Leyton Orient, Richard also enjoys running, the odd ski-ing holiday and is in demand by pub quiz teams everywhere owing to his renowned knowledge of 20th Century pop music facts.
Marc is a Practice Manager.
Marc clerks all aspects of crime, with a particular specialism in extradition work and international crime.
Marc joined Doughty Street Chambers in May 2015 having spent 4 years previously at 1 Pump Court Chambers.
With his previous experience in the commercial sector, Marc is active in promoting our criminal barristers. He has also undertaken training which allows him to advise members of the public who may wish to know more about instructing our barristers on a Public Access basis.
He is a member of the Institute of Barristers’ Clerks and has been actively involved in the committee for the last two years. Marc is involved in arranging the IBC’s educational and social events.
In Marc’s spare time he is an avid gym goer and car enthusiast.
Out of Hours Contact Number: 07730 005622
Sam is a Senior Practice Assistant.
He clerks all aspects of criminal law and assists in the management and development of all aspects of barristers’ practices including diary management, allocation of work and fee negotiation.
Sam joined Doughty Street in October 2016 following four years as a Crime Team Clerk at Garden Court Chambers.
Sam has undertaken Public Access training for clerks which enables him to advise members of the public on instructing counsel directly on a Public Access basis. He is also a member of the Institute of Barristers’ Clerks.
In his spare time he enjoys going to the gym, socialising with friends and supporting Arsenal FC.
Out of Hours Contact Number: 07964 522738
Rebecca is a Crime Practice Assistant, with particular responsibility for Extradition work.
She joined Doughty Street Chambers in November 2018. Having received a BSc degree in Criminology Rebecca worked as caseworker and a team leader at the High Court in the Criminal Appeal Office. She has excellent knowledge of the Criminal Appeal processes and High Court procedures.
Outside of work, Rebecca enjoys socialising with friends and family.
Katie is a Crime Team Junior. She acts as a point of contact for all instructing solicitors, manages Counsels’ diaries and helps with the administration of fees.
She joined Doughty Street in March 2019 after completing her BSc in Psychology and is excited to begin a career in Clerking. Outside of work Katie enjoys socialising with friends and family and is a keen traveller.
Freddie is an Office Assistant.
Freddie joined Doughty Street Chambers in 2018.
Raimonda is an Office Assistant.
Raimonda joined Doughty Street Chambers in December 2018.
Senior Management Team
Business support teams
Revenue Control Team
Michael is the Senior Revenue Controller.
Michael joined Doughty Street Chambers in September 2012. Previously he worked as the Fees Clerk in a leading family law set for 7 years. Michael has been clerking in various areas of law since 1976.
Over the last 12 years Michael’s career has concentrated purely on fee collection. His experience in clerking has given him a great understanding of how matters progress and assists him in relation to when matters should be chased.
Terry is the Revenue Controller.
Terry joined Doughty Street in 2009.
Terry commenced his career in the legal sector working in the court department at Thompson Solicitors. Prior to that he worked at Field Court Chambers as a criminal clerk and at Francis Taylor Buildings.
In his spare time Terry enjoys sports including boxing and playing golf and loves to travel.
Norman is a Revenue Controller.
Norman Joined Doughty Street in Jun 2013 having previously worked in chambers undertaking all aspects of common law. Norman has been clerking since 1972. His previous role as a Senior Clerk is invaluable experience for his current role.
Matt is the Revenue Controller and is led by Michael Sweeney.
His responsibilities include monitoring and chasing any aged debt fees and queries for the Civil team.
He joined Doughty Street Chambers in November 2016.
Outside of work, Matt’s interests include many sports such as Football and Boxing and enjoys general socialising.
Sarah is responsible for the billing of criminal and extradition work and also assists with civil billing.
Sarah began her clerking career in 2001 as a fees clerk in a common law set before moving on to roles as a Second Junior and then First Junior Clerk, specialising in Crime and Professional Discipline and Regulatory Law.
Chris Sacker is the Systems and Processes Practice Manager.
Chris joined Chambers in April 2019.
Andreas is the Head of Finance and has overall responsibility for Chambers' finance functions.
Andreas joined Chambers in September 2008.
He trained in a small accountancy practice becoming a Client Manager responsible for a range of clients ensuring that their financial affairs were handled correctly and in a timely fashion. Andreas then became the Finance Manager for a thriving Central London firm of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys. When they were taken over, he became Regional Financial Controller for the London and Cambridge offices.
He is a qualified ACCA accountant and has a BA (Hons) in History.
Beverly is the Finance Assistant.
She is responsible for the day to day element of purchase ledger activities, together with various other financial administration duties.
Beverly joined Chambers in February 2009, having come from a finance background in various industry sectors.
Shahin is a Finance Assistant.
She joined Chambers in 2018.
Shahin is responsible for processing Supplier invoices, payments and various other tasks in the finance department.
Prior to joining Doughty Street Shahin has worked with Natwest Bank where she finished her full CeMap and moved on to become an Independent Mortgage Advisor. She then moved into the Finance field and became a Bookkeeper for manufacturing, service and property sector.
Business Development and Marketing
Peter is the Head of Business Development.
Based out of our Manchester offices but working nationwide, Peter develops new relationships for Chambers whilst reinforcing existing ones. He welcomes feedback on the service provided by our barristers and support staff.
Peter joined Doughty Street in 2018 as Chambers’ Regional Business Development Manager and has since taken overall responsibility for the business development and marketing of all Doughty Street's practice areas and is the main point of contact for new business.
He takes a multi-disciplinary approach to ensure, where appropriate, our clients receive a 360, holistic service from our range of specialist counsel.
Peter benefits from having many years' experience clerking at a leading set in his native North East.
Sheena Byrne joined Chambers in June 2019 as the Interim Business Development Manager.
Sheena specialises in business planning and development, marketing analysis and positioning, and client relationship management. As an integral member of the original team at Chambers & Partners legal directories, she was instrumental in formulating the research methodology and developing the publication brand as an editor and assistant publisher. Since then she has worked with a wide variety of leading law firms, barristers’ chambers, representative bodies including the Law Society and the Inns of Court, advising senior decision makers of these organisations on critical aspects that impact on their business expansion.
Sheena is a qualified solicitor and holds a BSc (Honours) Degree in Chemistry.
Robert is the Marketing Manager and joined Chambers in June 2019.
Robert is responsible for effectively delivering the marketing function of Chambers, working closely with those delivering Business Development and Events in order to provide our barrister stakeholders with a high-impact and strongly clientfocused service.
Robert helps our barristers showcase and gain recognition for their expertise, and ensure clients and targets are fully aware of our work and how we may be able to assist.
Cynthia is the Client Experience Manager.
She is reponsible for event management for both internal and external events and plays a lead role in organising activities aimed at building internal cohesion and a more integrated Doughty Street community.
Cynthia joined Chambers in January 2006.
Library & Information services
Sandy is the Library Manager.
She is responsible for the development of Chambers’ legal information, our library and maintaining the internal current awareness services. She also offers paralegal support to the practitioners and is responsible for the production of the Doughty Street Human Rights Bulletin.
Sandy joined chambers in 2008 having worked previously as the legal resources manager for a city law firm. Previously Sandy was the EU Publications and Information Manager for Lexis Nexis.
Sandy has a law degree and various postgraduate diplomas including EU Social Policy; Women and the Law; and International Law.
Louise is the Chambers Librarian.
Louise works with Sandy in controlling and developing the operation of Chambers’ library, including research facilities and the preparation of court bundles.
Joined Doughty Street in August 2015.
Louise is a graduate in European Humanities with Classical Studies and also holds an MA in Library and Information Studies. She has a varied background in legal library management and information administration having worked at the British Dental Association, a range of large city law firms and within the financial services sector.
Cherno is the Head of Operations. He is responsible for the day to day management of all Chambers facilities and administrative functions.
Cherno joined Doughty Street Chambers in September 2014 following his previous role as a Public Law Paralegal at a Top 20 ‘Magic Circle’ City Law Firm. Prior to this, between 2009 and 2013, Cherno enjoyed various roles at Doughty Street Chambers as a Junior Clerk, Legal Researcher and Administrator.
He currently holds an LLB Hons Degree in Law and an LLM Master’s Degree in Intellectual Property Law.
He was born and educated in The Gambia and has a great passion for film and theatre, as well as a strong devotion to various charitable organisations in both the UK and The Gambia.
Front of House
Terrance joined Doughty Street Chambers in June 2019 as the Front of House Supervisor. His responsibilities are predominately concerned with the smooth running of the front of house area of chambers ensuring that every visitor and colleague is met with a professional and friendly welcome from the reception team. Terrance has a BSc in Hotel, Catering and Hospitality Management from Sheffield Hallam University and brings over 15 years of management and team building experience with him. His experience includes managing 5 star hotels such as the Royal Garden Hotel in London, The Randolph in Oxford and Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf and Spa in Bedfordshire, as well as more recently managing teams within the corporate arena such as Smith & Nephew and Regent Street Management Direct.
Away from work Terrance is a family man and an avid reader of fictional novels by John Grisham and Dan Brown as well as proudly supporting Manchester United football club. He has a keen interest in youth charities and volunteers for Young Enterprise whenever possible.
Eunice is a receptionist and has been at Doughty Street Chambers for over 10 years. She works alongside Terrance (Front of House Supervisor) answering calls, meeting and greeting visitors and ensuring that everyone is made to feel welcome. She also assists in preparing meeting rooms for client conferences and other chambers events.
Eunice has an LLB in Law and has a keen interest in Film. She is also an avid reader of both fiction and non-fiction especially in relation to race, mental health, women’s rights and politics. She is of Ghanaian descent and goes back to Ghana often to visit friends and relatives.
Amanda is an Office Assistant and has been with Doughty Street Chambers since April 2018. She provides support to the clerks with preparation of court bundles, management of post, and various facilities tasks. She also works closely with the Front of House team to provide Reception cover, including operating the switchboard, meeting and greeting visitors, and managing the meeting room diary.
Outside of work, Amanda enjoys spending time with friends, going to the theatre and music venues. She also enjoys gardening with family and growing vegetables on her allotment.