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Junior Practice Manager – two roles available


To apply for this role, please send your CV and covering letter, marked Private and Confidential, outlining your suitability for the position to David Barnes, The Director of Clerking at Atkin Chambers at

The closing date for receipt of applications is 20 November 2020.

About the role

Chambers is currently seeking two junior practice managers. These are new roles and have been created as a result of the expansion of the existing clerking team.

The successful candidates will be expected to provide a professional clerking service to the members of Chambers. The successful candidate should have between 5-10 years’ experience in clerking. In addition, they should be able to demonstrate that they are able to work well in a high-pressured environment. The successful candidates will need to demonstrate a good understanding of the key areas of practice in which the members of Atkin Chambers practice.

All applications are considered on merit alone. Candidate selection will be made without regard to irrelevant considerations such as sex, race, colour, ethnic or national origin, nationality, citizenship, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, marriage and civil partnership, religion or belief, or age.

Some of the key responsibilities of the candidate will include, but are not limited to:

Practice Management:

  • Maintenance of day-to-day operation of computerised diaries for each barrister, ensuring smooth running of commitments for next day, week, month and year.
  • Liaising with instructing solicitors, barristers and courts. Maintaining good relations in all circumstances.
  • Reviewing with each barrister all outstanding work and current commitments. Monitoring paperwork and maintaining a close eye on workloads, including liaising with the other members of staff, i.e., secretarial staff to ensure workload completed expeditiously.
  • Work closely with the senior practice managers and assistant practice managers to ensure that progress in managing the barristers’ practices continues.
  • Reviewing the management of each barrister’s practice, work done and client care with the senior clerk and the senior practice manager.
  • Support training and mentoring of the junior clerks.
  • All tasks required for the administration of members’ practices, including but not limited to, entering all case relevant information into Chambers’ diary system, dealing with correspondence, written and verbal, on behalf of the members, updating the diary system with case records, fee data, tasks, dates, contact details, allocation of unassigned work opportunities, time recording, etc.,
  • Listing and fixing of applications and trials in all divisions of High Court
  • Attending court with barristers in conjunction with junior colleagues.
  • Assist Members with their compliance with Bar Council and other regulatory requirements.


  • Ensure contractual arrangements are approved and in place between individual Members and solicitors/other lawyers and clients.
  • Assessing and agreeing interlocutory fees in conjunction with the senior practice manager.

Applications for tenancy

Atkin Chambers is seeking to recruit established commercial barristers to complement its expertise in major infrastructure project work.

Applications are particularly encouraged from practitioners of between four and ten years’ call.

Applications in writing (CV and cover letter) should be made to:

Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC
Head of Chambers

David Barnes
Chief Executive and Director of Clerking

If you would like to discuss an application in confidence, please contact David Barnes via email or on + 44 (0)20 7400 8501.

Atkin Chambers operates under its equality and diversity policy in accordance with the Bar Standard Board’s Equality and Diversity Code. Our reasonable adjustments policy can be found here.

All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Atkin Chambers Recruitment Advertisement June 2019


Information for applicants for tenancy and staff roles

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