PRACTICE MANAGEMENT TEAMS

Civil

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Telephone Number: 020 7400 9087
Email: s.wilkins@doughtystreet.co.uk

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

Team number:
020 7400 9089
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Telephone Number: 020 7400 8914
Email: l.christmas@doughtystreet.co.uk

Luke is a Civil Senior Practice Assistant. 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.

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Telephone Number: 020 7400 9025
Email: r.finch@doughtystreet.co.uk

Rachel is a Senior Practice Assistant 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.  

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Telephone Number: 020 7400 8897
Email: e.norman@doughtystreet.co.uk

Emily is a Civil Practice Junior 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.

Team number:
020 7400 9050
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Telephone Number: 020 7400 9026
Email: a.ward@doughtystreet.co.uk

Anthony is a Civil Practice Manager and is assisted by Callum Stebbing, Neil Goodwright and Sam Cooper.

Anthony is responsible for the management and development of all aspects of the barristers’ practices including practice/business development, diary management, fee negotiation & billing fees.

Anthony joined Doughty Street in May 2011 as a Team Leader’s Assistant, having previously clerked at Old Square Chambers since 2008.

He achieved a distinction for the IBC’s Advanced Award in Chambers Administration BTEC course in 2010.

Anthony’s interests include football, boxing and general socialising. He is a dedicated season ticket holder at Chelsea FC.

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Telephone Number: 020 7400 9070
Email: n.goodwright@doughtystreet.co.uk

Neil is a Civil Practice Assistant working alongside Anthony Ward.  He 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 and a Manchester United supporter.

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Telephone Number: 020 7400 9073
Email: c.stebbing@doughtystreet.co.uk

Callum 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.

Callum is primarily responsible for the following practice areas: Employment, Professional Discipline, Media, Sport and Information.

Callum joined Doughty Street in May 2011 as a Junior Clerk.

Outside of work, Callum participates in a variety of sports including football and golf, and is a keen Charlton fan.

 

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Telephone Number: 020 7400 9079
Email: s.cooper@doughtystreet.co.uk

Sam is a Civil Practice Junior and assists with diary management, allocation of work, fee negotiation and attending fixing appointments.

He clerks in the following practice areas: Clinical Negligence & Personal Injury, Product Liability, Professional Negligence, Professional Discipline, Civil International and Employment.

He joined Doughty Street Chambers in January 2017.

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.

Crime

Team number:
020 7400 9088
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Telephone Number: 020 7400 9054
Email: r.vile@doughtystreet.co.uk

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.

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Telephone Number: 0207 400 9037
Email: m.gilby@doughtystreet.co.uk

Marc is a Senior Crime Practice Assistant.

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.  

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Telephone Number: 020 7400 9075
Email: k.bolton@doughtystreet.co.uk

Kate is a Senior Practice Assistant specialising in extradition work.   

Her responsibilities include diary management, allocating new work and fee negotiation.

She joined Doughty Street in 2018, and holds a degree in Law and French Law from the University of Oxford.

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Telephone Number: 020 7400 8903
Email: s.verner@doughtystreet.co.uk

Sam is a Crime Practice Assistant.

Sam clerks all aspects of criminal law, in particular liaising with solicitors and courts over listings, arranging conferences, billing and advising clients on suitable choices of junior counsel.

He joined Doughty Street in October 2016.  Prior to joining Chambers Sam spent four years as a clerk in the Crime Team at Garden Court Chambers.

Sam is studying part time for a BSc in Business Management at the University of London.  In his spare time he enjoys going to the gym, socialising with friends and supporting Arsenal FC.

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Mark Dembovsky
Chief Executive

Mark combines a mix of high level business positioning and transformation with on-the-ground implementation in organisations large and small, local and international.  Mark has led large change management programmes, has played a key role in the strategic globalisation of major law firms, led one of the first trans-Atlantic mergers and has advised on a range of game changing projects. Mark was recognised in The Lawyer Hot 100 list.

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Maurice MacSweeney
Business Development Director

Maurice joined Doughty Street in September 2014 to lead its newly restructured criminal clerking team.  He has since taken overall responsibility for the business development and marketing of all Doughty Street's practice areas.  He is involved in managing our key client programme, and is the main point of contact for new business.  In particular, he designs solutions for clients who require multi-disciplinary advice, collating teams of barristers from our various practice areas, and he fosters strategic partnerships with clients for developing mutually beneficial revenue streams.

Maurice will be pleased to advise solicitors in private practice, in-house counsel, accountants, and other professionals seeking to instruct barristers directly, on suitable choices of counsel and on fees.  He is always interested to have feedback on the service our barristers and clerks provide to our clients.   

Prior to joining Doughty Street he spent five and a half years working at a 2 Hare Court (the Chambers of Jonathan Laidlaw QC), a leading criminal and regulatory set, which he joined from a UK-listed global recruitment company where he sourced partners and associates for City and International firms.  Before that he worked for a firm of specialist fraud solicitors. He graduated in English and Law from the University of Cambridge, and is a member of the Legal Practice Managers' Association, the Chartered Institute of Marketing, and the Financial Services Lawyers' Association.  The 2016 Chambers & Partners Guide says of him that he "is hailed as a fabulous asset to any chambers."  The 2017 Guide notes he "attracts high praise from sources", "is very business-minded, and [is] a massive credit to Doughty Street."

Business support teams

Aged Debt

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Telephone Number: 020 7400 9076
Email: m.sweeney@doughtystreet.co.uk

Michael is the Civil Aged Debt Manager.

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.

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Email: t.houchin@doughtystreet.co.uk

Terry is the Crime Aged Debt Manager.

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.

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Telephone Number: 020 7400 9081
Email: n.brooks@doughtystreet.co.uk

Norman is a Civil Aged Debt Manager.

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.

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Telephone Number: 020 7404 1313
Email: m.dudley@doughtystreet.co.uk

Matt is the Civil Aged Debt Administrator 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.

Finance

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Telephone Number: 020 7400 9064
Email: a.michaelides@doughtystreet.co.uk

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.

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Telephone Number: 020 7400 9034
Email: b.samuel@doughtystreet.co.uk

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.

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Email: s.nathani@doughtystreet.co.uk

Shahin is a Finance Assistant.

She joined Chambers in 2018.

Business Development and Marketing

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Telephone Number: 020 7400 8906
Email: m.macsweeney@doughtystreet.co.uk

Maurice joined Doughty Street in September 2014 to lead its newly restructured criminal clerking team.  He has since taken overall responsibility for the business development and marketing of all Doughty Street's practice areas.  He is involved in managing our key client programme, and is the main point of contact for new business.  In particular, he designs solutions for clients who require multi-disciplinary advice, collating teams of barristers from our various practice areas, and he fosters strategic partnerships with clients for developing mutually beneficial revenue streams.

Maurice will be pleased to advise solicitors in private practice, in-house counsel, accountants, and other professionals seeking to instruct barristers directly, on suitable choices of counsel and on fees.  He is always interested to have feedback on the service our barristers and clerks provide to our clients.   

Prior to joining Doughty Street he spent five and a half years working at a 2 Hare Court (the Chambers of Jonathan Laidlaw QC), a leading criminal and regulatory set, which he joined from a UK-listed global recruitment company where he sourced partners and associates for City and International firms.  Before that he worked for a firm of specialist fraud solicitors. He graduated in English and Law from the University of Cambridge, and is a member of the Legal Practice Managers' Association, the Chartered Institute of Marketing, and the Financial Services Lawyers' Association.  The 2016 Chambers & Partners Guide says of him that he "is hailed as a fabulous asset to any chambers."  The 2017 Guide notes he "attracts high praise from sources", "is very business-minded, and [is] a massive credit to Doughty Street."

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Telephone Number: 0161 618 1066
Email: p.finkill-coombs@doughtystreet.co.uk

Peter is the Business Development Manager for the North of England.

Based out of our Manchester offices, Peter develops new relationships for Chambers whilst reinforcing existing ones.

Peter joined Doughty Street in 2018.

Peter benefits from having many years' experience clerking at a leading set in his native North East.

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Telephone Number: 020 7400 9068
Email: e.gibbons-plowright@doughtystreet.co.uk

Elina is the Marketing Executive.

She is responsible for maintaining our website, promotion of seminars and supporting the new marketing strategy.

Elina joined Doughty Street Chambers in May 2017 following her previous role as Marketing Executive for a B2B conference company. Her background is in events and social media management.

She currently holds a diploma in Social Media and Digital Marketing.

Elina was born and raised in South East London and is a lifelong AFC Wimbledon supporter.

Library & Information services

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Email: s.dutczak@doughtystreet.co.uk

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.

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Email: l.anderson@doughtystreet.co.uk

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.

Facilities

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Telephone Number: 020 7400 9032
Email: c.jagne@doughtystreet.co.uk

Cherno is the Head of Facilities. 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.

Human Resources

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Email: m.hakl-law@doughtystreet.co.uk

Mia joined Doughty Street Chambers in September 2018 having previously worked as a Director of HR and Operations at Garden Court Chambers.

Mia’s overall responsibility encompasses managing all aspects of chambers’ operations including human resources, facilities, IT and library and research functions.

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Email: o.scott@doughtystreet.co.uk

Executive Assistant


Olivia is the Human Resources Executive Assistant.

Olivia’s role is to assist and support the Chief Executive with special projects, human resources and administrative processes. Some of her main responsibilities include planning pupil processes, managing HR files and supporting recruitment. 

Olivia joined Doughty Street Chambers in August 2017 after graduating with a Philosophy degree from Lancaster University. 

Front of House

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Email: c.francis@doughtystreet.co.uk

Cynthia is the Front of House Supervisor.

She heads the Reception team which is responsible for front of house, switchboard and meeting room facilities.

Cynthia joined Chambers in January 2006.

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Email: e.danso@doughtystreet.co.uk

Eunice is a Receptionist.

Eunice joined Chambers' staff in July 2007.

Office Assistants

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Telephone Number: 020 7400 9016
Email: r.arundell@doughtystreet.co.uk

Reece is an Office Assistant.

He works closely with the Criminal team to ensure the smooth running of the daily operations of Chambers. His responsibilities include organising incoming and outgoing mail, distributing and collecting papers to and from courts.

Reece joined Doughty Street Chambers in September 2016.

Outside of work Reece enjoys keeping fit and socialising with friends.