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David Barnes Director of Clerking Atkin Chambers

David Barnes


Chief Executive and Director of Clerking

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


Chambers and Partners

David leads both the administration and clerking teams, and has the primary responsibility for managing the practice of each member of Chambers. He is also responsible for ensuring that every client receives the highest level of service from members and staff.

His detailed knowledge of each member’s respective practice ensures that he is well-placed to advise clients on the most appropriate counsel for their case.

David has over 35 years’ experience as a clerk. He began his career at Atkin Chambers (then 22 Old Buildings) in 1984, progressing to Joint Senior Clerk in 1997. In December 2006 he joined another chambers, taking up the position of Chief Executive and Director of Clerking. During his ten-year tenure, he developed them into a leading, multi-disciplinary chambers with a strong international presence. David returned to Atkin Chambers to take up the position of Director of Clerking in October 2017.

In 2011 he was named in The Lawyer’s Hot 100 and was awarded Senior Clerk / Chief Executive of the Year at the Legal 500 UK Awards 2015. He was Chairman of the Institute of Barristers’ Clerks between 2010 and 2013, is a previous advisory board member of the IBA Law Firm Management Committee, and is a current member of Counsel magazine’s editorial board.