Clerks

Phil Reeves - Senior Clerk

020 7611 9805

Phil Reeves – Senior Clerk

020 7611 9805

Phil has over 30 years Clerking experience having spent the first fifteen years of his career here at Erskine, followed by a successful period at a leading Chancery set, the last seven of which as Senior Clerk.

According to Legal 500 (2022):

Phil Reeves is the Senior Clerk and is very helpful, responsive and eminently commercial. They are lucky to have him.” 

“I think the clerking team is well run and that is thanks to the expert leadership given in Phil Reeves.” 

GDPR Trained
Michael Shillingford - First Junior Clerk

020 7611 9807

Michael Shillingford – Deputy Senior Clerk

020 7611 9807

Michael began his clerking career at Erskine in 2000. He was promoted to First Junior Clerk in February 2016 and has now been promoted to Deputy Senior Clerk in May 2022.

Michael is responsible for the management and development of members’ practices, including diary management, work allocation, fee negotiation, business development, client relationship management, the listing of cases at Court and assisting with the overseeing and management of the junior clerking team.

In 2017, Michael completed the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership & Management with the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM). Michael is a member of the Institute of Barristers’ Clerks (IBC) and has completed the IBC BTEC in clerking and administration.

Michael has also completed the public access course for barristers’ clerks run by The Bar Council.

What the directories say:

“Excellent service, including picking up the phone out of hours. Michael Shillingford, deputy senior clerk, stands out for me.” Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2024

“The quality of clerking at Erskine is impressive. Michael Shillingford, in particular.” Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2024

“Generally very good – Michael Shillingford is particularly responsive.”  Legal 500 UK Bar 2024

Very good indeed. Exceptional service from Michael Shillingford.”  Legal 500 UK Bar 2023

“The clerks are great – always really responsive and helpful, particularly when dealing with Court matters. Mark Swallow and Chris Reade in particular are standout, and we’ve had good experience with Michael Shillingford as well.”  Legal 500 UK Bar 2020

 

 

GDPR Trained
Alex Calder

020 7611 9806

Alex Calder – Senior Practice Manager

020 7611 9806

Alex began his clerking career in 2013 at Erskine Chambers and has continued to progress from junior clerk to Second Junior Clerk and has now been promoted to Senior Practice Manager in May 2022.

As Senior Practice Manager, Alex’s role involves all aspects of practice management including work allocation, fee negotiation, business development and the overall development of members’ practices.

He has completed the BTEC Advanced Award in Chambers Administration, and is a member of the Institute of Barristers’ Clerks.

What the directories say:

“Alex Calder, senior practice manager, is a pleasure to deal with.” Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2024

“Alex Calder, senior practice manager, is excellent. Alex is responsive to our needs and proactive in planning for hearings, which is very helpful.” Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2024

“Responsive, helpful and easy to work with. Special mention to Alex Calder.”  Legal 500 UK Bar 2024

“Alex Calder has been very responsive and friendly with a reasonable approach to fee negotiation etc.” Legal 500 UK Bar 2024

Alex Calder and Seamus Nixon are very responsive and very good at assisting with getting matters listed and liaising with the Court.”  Legal 500 UK Bar 2023

“Excellent service. Alex Calder in particular is very helpful.”  Legal 500 UK Bar 2022

“Alex Calder is very efficient and my main contact.” Legal 500 UK Bar 2021

 

GDPR Trained
Seamus Nixon 1

020 7611 9810

Seamus Nixon – Practice Manager

020 7611 9810

Seamus began his clerking career at Erskine Chambers in March 2016, was promoted to Third Junior Clerk in July 2019 and has now been promoted to Practice Manager in May 2022.

Seamus assists with the day-to-day running of the clerks room and is responsible for diary management, work allocation, fee negotiation, clients relations and fixing cases in all divisions of the High Court.

In 2018, Seamus completed the IBC BTEC Award in Chambers Administration. He is a member of the Institute of Barristers’ Clerks.

Outside of Chambers, Seamus is an avid fan of Formula 1 and enjoys socialising with his friends and family.

What the directories say:

“All of the clerks I have dealt with are helpful and friendly, especially Seamus Nixon.” 

“Seamus Nixon is very good to deal with.”  Legal 500 UK Bar 2024

Alex Calder and Seamus Nixon are very responsive and very good at assisting with getting matters listed and liaising with the Court.”   Legal 500 UK Bar 2023

 

GDPR Trained
Jake Taylor - Practice Manager

020 7611 9808

Jake Taylor – Practice Manager

020 7611 9808

Jake joined Chambers in July 2019 as Junior Clerk and was promoted ​to his current position of Practice Manager in May 2022.

As a Practice Manager, Jake is responsible for diary management, work allocation, fee negotiation and listing of hearings and trials, ​where he has an excellent relationship with all the listing clerks.

He is a member of the Institute of Barristers’ Clerks and has completed the IBC Introduction to Business Management Course.

GDPR Trained

020 7611 9803

Samuel Sizer – Junior Practice Manager

020 7611 9803

Sam joined Erskine Chambers in January 2023 as a Junior Clerk. He is responsible for helping the Practice Managers and other Clerks with administrative duties such as preparing documents for court, lodging bundles and general tasks around the clerks’ room. Other duties include helping barristers to and from court.

Sam graduated in July 2022 from the University of East Anglia with a degree in BA Geography.

Samantha Rouse - Fees Clerk

020 7242 5532

Samantha Rouse – Fees Clerk

020 7242 5532

GDPR Trained

Finance

Joanna Fuller-Brown

020 7242 5532

Joanna Fuller-Brown – Finance Manager

020 7242 5532

Joanna Fuller-Brown joined Erskine Chambers as Finance Manager in 2017.

Prior to that, she spent 6 years gaining experience as a chambers bookkeeper and fees clerk in leading PI set.

She is responsible for all matters relating to the financial operation of chambers.

Joanna is a member of Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT)

 

 

GDPR Trained

Administration

Monika Graczykowska 1

020 7242 5532

Monika Graczykowska – Administration Manager

020 7242 5532

Monika joined Chambers in 2010 as Administration Manager. She is responsible for the day to day management and administration of Chambers, including dealing with Chambers IT and Telecommunications, procurement, building and facilities management.

GDPR Trained
Sanuja Linkeswaran - Front of House Administrator 1

020 7242 5532

Sanuja Linkeswaran – Marketing Manager

020 7242 5532

Sanuja started her Chambers career in May 2022, She is responsible for executing all marketing events and duties.

Sanuja is a BA Criminology graduate from Middlesex university, previously employed as an operational support assistant at World Duty Free Stansted airport. She has gained extensive administrative experience working at a fast pace and extremely substantial business.

020 7242 5532

Lina Costa – Front Of House Administrator

020 7242 5532

Lina Costa has joined Erskine Chambers in April 2023 as FOH/Administrator, welcoming clients to Chambers and assisting with any administrative tasks.

Prior to that, she has worked as a Receptionist at Chelsea Football Club for 7 years.

She has gained administrative and customer service experience working in different areas over the years.

Lina has a master’s degree in Law from the University of Lisbon.