David Barnes

Chief Executive & Director of Clerking

“David Barnes leads the clerking team with a "forward thinking," hands-on approach.”

Chambers and Partners

Described as “skilled and experienced” (Chambers & Partners) and “a consummate professional” who “provides a reassuring and reliably excellent level of service” (The Legal 500), David leads one of the Bar’s most experienced clerking and administration teams.

David has primary responsibility for managing the practice of each member of Chambers and for delivering a high-quality service to members’ clients globally. His detailed knowledge of each member’s respective practice ensures he is well-placed to advise clients on the most appropriate counsel for their case.

David was named Chambers CEO of the Year in 2022 for the second time in The Legal 500 UK Bar Awards (he also won in 2015). In 2011 David was named in The Lawyer’s Hot 100.

David was chairman of the Institute of Barristers’ Clerks between 2010 and 2013, and is a current member of Counsel magazine’s editorial board. He is also a vice-president of the Institute of Barristers’ Clerks and he sits on the Technology and Construction Courts Users Committee. David is a former advisory board member of the IBA Law Firm Management Committee.