Clerks and Administration
The clerks are skilled in recommending particular practitioners for particular cases and are happy to discuss solicitors' and lay clients' requirements. They are ready and willing to discuss fees and provide estimates. This can be difficult without sight of papers and early delivery of briefs is encouraged where possible and much appreciated. Whilst each clerk is dedicated to a particular practice group they are also experienced and are able to assist with all enquiries. Our multi-disciplinary approach to clerking is further testament to our goal of providing the best possible service to those who instruct us.
The Clerks' room and switchboard is staffed between 8.30 a.m and 6.00 p.m. from Monday to Thursday and 8.30a.m to 5.30p.m on a Friday, although arrangements can be made to open later during the evenings and on Saturdays and Sundays. When the Clerks' room is closed there is an answerphone service in operation; messages are regularly checked and the appropriate action taken.
Phillip Griffiths - Senior Clerk
Phillip is currently the longest serving member of staff having joined in January 1985. Following a national recruitment campaign Phillip was successful in being appointed as Senior Clerk in June 2010. He has overall responsibility for all members of staff. As a member of the Management Committee he is involved in the strategic planning and future development of chambers. In light of the changes and challenges brought about by the Legal Services Act 2007, he is available to discuss with all instructing solicitors how these changes may impact upon the future procurement of our traditional areas of work.
Telephone: 02920 727699
Mike Norton – Deputy Senior Clerk
02920 727657 Michael joined Chambers in September 2011 as the Deputy Senior Clerk and has been a Barristers Clerk since 1997. Michael has significant experience of family, civil and criminal clerking. He has also experience of administering ADR cases.
Kathryn Richards – Criminal Clerk
02920 727655 Kathryn was previously employed at a firm of solicitors for 20 years working as a paralegal. She subsequently joined Chambers in 2002. Kathryn is a diary clerk for the Criminal Team.
Kayleigh Jefferies – Criminal Clerk
Kayleigh was previously employed for five years at St Johns Chambers in Bristol. She then joined Thirty Park Place in September 2010 as a diary clerk for the criminal team.
Sarah Worman – Family Clerk
Sarah joined Chambers in October 2010 after working for 9 years at Newport (Gwent) County Court. She is a diary clerk for the Family Team.
Helen Dench – Family Clerk
Helen joined Chambers in June 2012 after working for 30 years at Temple Chambers. She is a diary clerk for the Family Team.
Tony Naylon – Diary & Billing Clerk
02920 398421 Tony joined Chambers in June 2012 after working at Temple Chambers for 24 years.
Cassie Crocker – Marketing Clerk
Cassie joined chambers in 2004 as assistant to Chambers’ Manager. In 2008 Cassie was appointed diary clerk for the Civil Team. Having returned from maternity leave in 2013, she is now our Marketing Clerk.
Our administration team
Samantha Matthews – Fees and Billing Clerk
02920 727654Samantha has worked for chambers for over 20 years; having worked in various roles during this time she is now our fees and billing clerk.
Alison Ling – Typist
Alison joined Chambers in 2007 and her primary role is Typist. Alison also assists in the management of our Conditional Fee Agreements and assists the Chambers Pupillage Committee.
Julie Robinson – Receptionist Previously with a firm of Solicitors prior to joining Chambers in 1985. Julie has worked in various roles and has now been the friendly voice and welcoming face of Chambers since 2001.
Hugh Watkins – Finance and Administration Manager
Hugh joined chambers in June 2011. He brings a broad range of financial experience and skills from 10 years as a School Business Manager and previous employment as an Administrative Manager within Cardiff Council.