Having joined in 2011, Sian is the Civil Senior Practice Manager at Doughty Street Chambers. She leads the civil clerking team and has overall responsibility and oversight of the strategic management and development of all civil practices across Chambers. Recognising the need for the Bar to evolve and seeking to be better equipped to lead change, Sian was delighted to be awarded a distinction in her MBA in 2021.
Sian takes huge pride in delivering a high quality, efficient clerking service to clients and members of Chambers and works hard to proactively identify and take all opportunities using her detailed knowledge and understanding of the practice areas in which all members operate to ensure client expectations and needs are met.
What others say:
"Sian Wilkins is wonderfully responsive and provides an excellent all round service." - Legal 500, 2021
"I believe the clerks’ room is excellent and they are frequently praised by solicitors for their availability and helpfulness. Sian Wilkins, the senior civil clerk, has a particularly high reputation for her judgment and accessibility to solicitors." - Legal 500, 2020
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.
"Practice manager Melvin Warner is one of the leading lights in the clerking sphere; he understands us and the timescales we need and deals with the matter for us without unnecessary effort or drama."
- Chambers and Partners 2022
"Melvin Warner is an excellent clerk in the civil team. Very calm and efficient."
"Melvin Warner is one of the best (if not the best) media litigation clerks around."
"Melvin Warner is simply first-class."
- Legal 500 2022
Grace is a Practice Assistant. 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.
Ben Davis joined Chambers in February 2020 and is a Civil Practice Assistant in the Actions Against the Police, Inquests & Inquiries and Media & Information Team. Ben is responsible for diary management, assisting with fixing enquiries, allocation of work and fee negotiation, as well as any other tasks delegated by the Civil Team.
Outside of work, Ben is a keen runner and has represented England in the past.
“Very good. Well organised and helpful in finding suitable counsel when needed. Ben Davis is particularly reliable.” Legal 500 2022.
Rachel joined chambers in February 2011 and is a Civil Practice Manager. Her current responsibilities include the management and development of all barristers’ practices in our Housing & Social Welfare, Court of Protection, Public Law, Immigration, Community Care, Education and Mediation teams. This includes practice development, allocation of work, fee negotiation and business development.
"We find practice manager Rachel Finch in particular to be extremely helpful; she goes above and beyond her job description to assist." Chambers & Partners 2022
“The clerking at Doughty Street is second to none. I am always particularly grateful to Rachel Finch for assistance that goes well beyond that which is expected including helping me with roles I have outside of directly instructing chambers.” Legal 500 2022
Emily Norman joined chambers in March 2015 having previously been a clerk at 1 Pump Court Chambers and is a Senior Civil Practice assistant for the Community Care, Education, Housing, Immigration & Court of Protection teams, led by Rachel Finch. Emily is responsible for fixings, fee negotiation, allocation of work and assisting the Practice Manager with practice development.
Emily has completed the BTEC Advanced Award in Chambers Administration for Barristers clerks.
"Emily Norman is so helpful, so hard-working, and responds to our queries quickly. The whole team is incredibly efficient, approachable, responsive, and always keen to assist." Chambers & Partners 2022
I would say that the service provided both by counsel and the clerks is second to none. Sian Wilkins, Rachel Finch and Emily Norman are all incredibly helpful, efficient and available to meet our needs.”
“The clerks are fantastic and special mention has to go to Rachel Finch, Emily Norman and Sian Wilkins. Not only do they run a tight ship but they’re also extremely friendly and remain calm even during very busy periods.” Legal 500 2021
Tim joined chambers in March 2021 and is a Civil Practice Assistant in the Housing & Social Welfare, Court of Protection, Public Law, Immigration, Community Care, Education and Mediation teams. Tim is responsible for diary management, assisting with fixing enquiries, allocation of work and fee negotiation, as well as maintaining and developing new and existing client relationships.
Outside of Doughty Street, Tim enjoys watching and playing football and is a keen Arsenal fan.
Isabel joined Chambers in April 2022 and is a Civil Practice Junior in the Housing & Social Welfare, Court of Protection, Public Law, Immigration, Community Care and Education teams.
Isabel is responsible for diary management, assisting with fixing enquiries, allocation of work and any other tasks delegated by the Civil team.
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 & Discrimination, Professional Discipline & Regulation, Media, Clinical Negligence, Personal Injury & Mediation teams. This includes diary management, allocation of new work, fee negotiation and managing client relationships.
In August 2021, Callum achieved a CILEX Level 3 Professional Qualification in Employment Law.
Outside of work, Callum enjoys all things sport and is one of the few remaining Charlton Athletic season ticket holders.
"Practice manager Callum Stebbing is brilliant, he is really responsive, he can get a message to counsel no matter what and he makes things painless." Chambers & Partners 2022
"Callum Stebbing is a star; astute, helpful and guaranteed to go the extra mile." Legal 500 2022
Sam is a Civil Practice Assistant and joined chambers in January 2017 after spending over 5 years at Brick Court Chambers. He assists in the management and development of all barristers’ practice in the Employment & Discrimination, Professional Discipline & Regulation, Clinical Negligence & Personal Injury teams. His current responsibilities include diary management, allocation of new work, fee negotiations & assisting in the management of client relationships.
In June 2017, Sam passed the IBC’s Advanced Award in Chambers Administration.
Outside of work, Sam enjoys a round of golf and is a keen West Ham United supporter. In his spare time he likes to socialise with friends and family.
“Callum Stebbing and Sam Cooper are brilliant and always responsive” Legal 500 - 2021
“The employment team, led by Callum Stebbing, are just excellent. Callum is well supported by Sam Cooper who has really impressed over the last 12 months” Legal 500 – 2021
Naomi is the International Team Practice Assistant. Naomi joined in September 2021 and is responsible for the oversight and general practice development for Doughty Street International, our group of leading international lawyers and legal academics. In addition to the day-to-day international clerking responsibilities, Naomi works closely with the Practice Managers and DSI Team Leaders to support the team, develop new services, and build our internal and external development, including through website development, strategy, cohesion and events.
Naomi comes from a background of international law and human rights, including a Master’s degree in International Law (and International Humanitarian Law) from Leiden University, and an LLB in Law (and Spanish Law) from the University of Sheffield.
Outside of work, Naomi is a keen runner and athlete and loves travelling. She has spent time living, working and studying in The Netherlands, and Spain, and speaks Spanish.
Freddie joined Chambers in August 2018 as a Clerking assistant, supporting both the civil and criminal teams, until joining the Employment, Discrimination, Clinical Negligence, Personal Injury and Professional Discipline and Regulation team as a practice junior in May 2021. Freddie is responsible for diary management, allocation of work and fee negotiations, as well as any other tasks delegated by the Civil Team.
Outside of work Freddie enjoys playing golf and attending Chelsea games at Stamford Bridge.
Matt is the Crime Senior Practice Manager. He joined Doughty Street in April 2019.
Matt is responsible for developing and managing the Crime practitioners in Chambers and focuses on the management of barristers' diaries and on agreeing and billing of fees.
Matt delivers high quality, efficient clerking service to clients and members of Chambers by identifying and taking all opportunities to increase the quality and value of work undertaken by members of Chambers, in conjunction with the Senior Civil Practice Manager and the other civil clerking team leaders.
Marc joined Chambers in May 2015 having spent numerous years at a well-established set. Marc is a practice manager and is responsible for team management, diary management and fee negotiations.
In Marc’s spare time, he is an avid gym goer and car enthusiast.
What others say:
“Very polite, helpful and efficient. I have dealt with Marc Gilby who was very pleasant to work with.” - Legal 500, 2022.
“We have always had positive experiences with the clerks; Marc Gilby is very efficient in all dealings” - Legal 500, 2022.
“Marc Gilby is an excellent clerk – does a brilliant job!" - Legal 500, 2022.
James joined Chambers in August 2021 having previously worked for a leading Criminal Chambers for the past 4 years. James started his Clerking career in 2012 at a Common Law set and is a Senior Practice Assistant. His responsibilities include overseeing the day to day diary, development of barrister’s practices, fee negotiations and business development.
Outside of work James enjoys playing Rugby, traveling and socialising with friends.
Tommy is a Crime Practice Assistant and he joined Chambers in March 2021 having spent 3 and half years working at another leading criminal chambers. His key responsibilities include practice management of all members of Chambers within the Criminal, Extradition, Business Crime & Investigations and Criminal Appeal teams. This involves all aspects of their practices, client relations, the management of their diaries and fee negotiation.
Outside of work Tommy enjoys a round of golf and socialising with friends.
Chloe is a Crime Practice Assistant and she joined chambers in January 2022 from 2 Hare Court. Chloe acts as a point of contact for instructing solicitors and direct access clients in Criminal, Extradition, Business Crime & Investigations and Criminal Appeal teams. Chloe also deals with the management of members diaries and dealing with all new enquiries.
Outside of work Chloe is an avid gym goer and enjoys socialising with friends.
Tracy Oritsejafor joined Chambers in 2020 as an Office Assistant, supporting all clerking teams before becoming a Crime Practice Junior in October 2021.
Tracy’s responsibilities include diary management, allocation of work, fee negotiation and any other tasks assigned by the Crime team.
Outside of work, Tracy enjoys spending time with her family.
Emily is a Clerking Assistant and joined Doughty Street Chambers in June 2022. Emily’s responsibilities include supporting both criminal and civil clerking teams and barristers.
Outside of work, Emily studies law and enjoys golf, travelling and has a keen interest in politics and international affairs.
Ethan is the Clerking Assistant.
He joined Doughty Street Chambers in July 2022.
Juliana joined Doughty Street Chambers in July 2022 having previously been an Assistant Practice Manager at 3 Bolt Court Chambers. She currently works as a Clerking Assistant and is responsible for taking case papers and bundles to and from Court, sorting out all incoming post and providing overall administrative support.
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 Dudley joined chambers in November 2016 as is a Civil Revenue Controller. Matt is responsible for fee collection, monitoring civil age debts, processing payments, legal aid billing, settlement negotiations as well as other general fee/finance queries.
Outside of work, Matt enjoys watching a range of sports such as football, tennis & boxing.
What others say:
“Doughty Street have an employee named Matt Dudley, who is a pleasure to work with. He always responds quickly and professionally, and drafts bills in such a way that it makes payment and processing really easy for caseworkers. His approach with the LAA is always polite and friendly, and he never seems frustrated by document requests. He's a perfect example of how chambers clerks would be in an ideal world, just really easy to deal with, no matter the scenario” Civil Finance Senior Caseworker at the Legal Aid Agency
Ruth is a Costs Lawyer who joined Doughty Street Chambers in January 2020 having previously worked with TMC Legal Services Limited and previously worked as a Consultant within chambers.
Since her qualification in November 2014, Ruth has specialised in dealing with high value and complex Group Litigation in addition personal injury, clinical negligence and human rights claims.
Outside of work, Ruth is keen animal lover and enjoys taking her dog for walks with friends and family. She also enjoys spending time with her nieces and nephews.
Sarah joined chambers in September 2018 and is the Criminal Billing and Systems Clerk. Sarah is responsible for the billing of all criminal and extradition cases and also for ensuring the case and fees management systems are efficient and effective, enabling the teams to provide a high level and compliant service to our clients and members of Chambers. She is a member of the Institute of Barristers’ Clerks Management Committee.
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.
Outside of work Sarah enjoys gardening and spending time with family.
Melissa Neild joined Chambers in July 2019 having worked as a Civil Clerk at 1 Chancery Lane Chambers for 12 years. Melissa is responsible for providing billing and costs support to members and clerking teams in all areas of civil work including high costs cases and inter partes bills. Melissa assists with all aspects of costs negotiations including dealing with assessments on both legal aid and inter partes cases and advising counsel on appropriate next steps. Melissa assists with managing costs negotiations on behalf of counsel, including drafting replies to points of dispute and assisting with reduction negotiations.
Melissa has a BA (Hons) degree in Law and is currently studying for a Costs Lawyer qualification with the Association of Costs Lawyers.
Outside of work, Melissa enjoys socialising with family and friends.
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.
Rachel is the Management Accountant and joined Doughty Street Chambers in June 2022. She is responsible for producing the monthly management accounts for review by the Management Board in a timely and accurate manner, as well as any other ad hoc tasks required by the Finance Department.
She is an ICAEW Chartered Accountant and completed her ACA in audit before moving into industry.
Rachel grew up in Cornwall and is a keen open water swimmer.
Business Development and Marketing
Sheena Byrne joined Chambers in June 2019 as a Client Services & Engagement Senior 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.
Richard is the Senior Marketing Operations Executive based out of the Manchester office.
Richard takes primary responsibility for our website and its content, as well as managing the relationship with our web designers; assisting barristers in the drafting of news updates and their website profiles; ensuring a fair and balanced presentation of the casework of all practice teams in line with our news policies.
He also develops all marketing collateral and content for client pitch documents, team brochures, and other marketing collateral, as well as regular subsequent review for potential improvements and updates.
Richard assists in co-ordinating processes for making submissions to industry awards and legal directories (under the direction of Chambers’ Senior Manager - Client Services) engaging with barrister team leaders as appropriate, managing the work of the Marketing and Events Co-ordinator, as well as managing relationships with external agencies tasked to provide assistance.
Richard joined Doughty Street Chambers in 2018.
Raimonda is a Creative Marketing Executive based out of the London office.
Raimonda joined Doughty Street Chambers in 2018.
Nerissa is the Marketing and Events Assistant, and joined Doughty Street Chambers in July 2022.
She helps manage a high number of in-person events, ranging from small meetings and seminars to award ceremonies. Her role includes designing and organising all aspects of promotional material, including event collateral, adverts, and invitations, and sees her working alongside the Front of House Supervisor to ensure all events work to budget, operate smoothly, and all visitors have a comfortable and enjoyable experience.
Nerissa also helps to manage Chambers busy webinars schedule, offers website administrative support and collates both the monthly civil and crime newsletter and weekly internal newsletters.
Outside of work Nerissa enjoys film photography and weightlifting, and has a keen interest in physical and mental wellbeing.
Julie Ahadi is the Director of Operations and Strategic Planning. The DOSP is responsible for the effective and efficient management of the strategic operations of Chambers, supporting the Management Board (MB) and Deputy Heads of Chambers (DHoCs) in strategic and operational planning and execution. A key member of the Senior Management Team, the DOSP is also a non-voting member of Chambers’ Management Board and has overall management/oversight of the People, IT and Marketing functions of Chambers.
Julie joined Chambers in September 2019.
Sonia Freestone is Chambers Chief People Officer (CPO) with overall accountability for the People Strategy, ensuring that we have the right people processes and systems in place to facilitate the successful implementation of Chambers Strategic objectives.
Working closely with the Management Board (MB), Deputy Heads of Chambers (DHoCs) and Senior Leadership Team to develop and shape our People and Organsational Developmental function, whilst focusing on embedding values and facilitating a positive organsational culture, and internal governance. With a firm commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, Sonia is committed to leadership development, succession planning, and talent management towards future proofing and continuous improvement where our people whether staff or Members, can thrive and grow.
Sonia Joined Chambers in August 2021 and is a key member of the Senior Management Team, and a non-voting member of Chambers’ Management Board.
She is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel and Development and has an LLM in Employment Law. Sonia brings with her over 30 years’ experience of employment law, human resources, transformation and organsational development. She has extensive strategic and operational experience with a broad range of clients in different sectors including not for profit organisations such as Marie Curie, Dementia UK and Oxford University Press, elite sports such as Aston Villa Football Club, and a variety of private sector organisations including British Midland Airlines and Ericsson Telecoms.
Peter is an IT Apprentice.
Peter joined Doughty Street Chambers at the end of January 2022.
Facilities, Library and Information Services
Terrance joined chambers in 2019 and is the Head of Facilities. The position is a non-voting member of the Management Board and a member of the Senior Management Team responsible for the building portfolio for chambers including five buildings in London and one regional office in Manchester. The position has a prominent part in formulating the property strategy for the board, as well as overseeing security, and the health and safety operations for chambers.
Terrance brings 16 years of management experience and has a Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Catering Management, a Diploma in Institutional Management, and is a member of the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management (IWFM).
Cynthia joined Chambers in October 2005 as part of the reception team. Not long after she was promoted to; Front of House Supervisor, and responsible for two other members of staff. Cynthia’s role is based at the main reception, where she gets to meet and greet members and guests who have arrived for conferences and events. Cynthia is also our in-house events co-ordinator; her skill set allows Chambers to host the most wonderful events in our seminar hall or garden spaces.
When Cynthia is not at Chambers she can be found at the local gym where she enjoys daily fitness sessions. She is also known for making some of the best cocktails at Chambers events and beyond.
Maria is a receptionist and joined Doughty Street Chambers in June 2022. She is a member of the front house team and responsible for greeting members and guests arriving for conferences and events. Maria also helps to organise chambers events.
Maria completed her BA in Events Management in 2021.
Maria grew up in Portugal, and she loves water sports and the beach.
Louise Joined Doughty Street in August 2015 and is the Senior Library Information and Research Officer.
Louise works in controlling and developing the operation of Chambers’ library and assisting with legal research.
Louise holds an MA in Library and Information Studies. She has a varied background in legal library management and information administration having worked at a range of large city law firms and within the financial services sector.