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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 one of the bar’s most experienced clerking and administration teams, having primary responsibility for managing the practice of each member of Chambers and delivering a high-quality service to members’ clients globally.

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.

In 2011 David 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 an advisory board member of the IBA Law Firm Management Committee, and is a current member of Counsel magazine’s editorial board.

David is a Vice-President of the Institute of Barristers’ Clerks and he sits on the Technology and Construction Courts Users Committee.