In view of the sombre and serious announcement from the Prime Minister on 23rd March 2020, Chambers will close the physical building at 9 Gough Square from 5pm 24th March 2020.
The building may be closed but business continues as usual at 9GS and we aim to minimise disruption for all our clients.
Our telephones will be manned in the usual way in so far as practical and the clerks are online during all working hours to deal with enquiries.
In the first instance and for an almost immediate response, we suggest that you e-mail our Clerks at firstname.lastname@example.org detailing the nature of your enquiry.
This is the preferred and most efficient method of contact.
Alternatively, if you wish to proceed by phone the following names and numbers need to be dialed.
For Civil matters, contact Ellie Brand on 020 7832 0506.
For Criminal matters, contact David Landa on 020 7832 0504.
For Family matters, contact Jaime Brooks on 020 7832 0502.
Other useful numbers are as follows:
For the Director of Clerking and Business Development, Michael Goodridge: 020 7832 0503
For junior members of the teams:
Phil Austin – 020 7832 0590
Sean Jacks – 020 7832 0508
Oliver Waite – 020 7832 0579
Matthew Shepherd – 020 7832 0516
Thomas Bennet – 020 7832 0593
Tom Priest – 020 7832 0509
Amy Seingier – 020 7832 0530
Mona Chogri – 020 7832 0602
Director of Operations:
Gordon Walters – 020 7832 0501
Samantha Hayer – 020 7832 0600
DX and Post
The 24th March 2020 will be the last day that we will accept DX in Chambers.
From 25th March 2020 and until further notice we are asking our clients to refrain from sending DX to Chambers. The post will be re-directed. Therefore if you have a forthcoming hearing the clerks will be in contact with you in the next few days to provide you with the relevant address to send any hard copy bundles. Similarly please contact the clerks if you would wish to send hard copy instructions direct to counsel in relation to any case. However, given the current situation we envisage that many forthcoming instructions will be by email.
Given these circumstances, we ask that our clients who do intend to send hard copy instructions to contact the Clerks who can arrange for these to be sent direct to Counsel.
Members of chambers have been instructed to work remotely and conduct conferences by telephone and/or video conferencing where this is feasible but will continue to attend court and other professional commitments in person until/unless the government advice changes and prevents them from so doing.
We are keeping a close eye on developments with HMCTS using telephone hearings and video conferencing and some of our members have already conducted hearings using these means. We are also conducting JSMs by a combination of video and/or telephone conferencing where this is acceptable to both sides. We are able to conduct almost all of our business remotely in the case of a lock down.
We are able to arrange conferences by telephone, and in some cases video link (please contact us about this if required). We will be as flexible as possible in re-scheduling or arranging meetings and use paperless systems where those who instruct us have access to these to share documentation.
If hard copy instructions are provided – please liaise with our clerking team about how receipt by counsel can be best managed.
Although we are postponing some of our planned events, over the next few months we aim to catch up with more clients by phone and publish more briefings and news than before. We wish all our clients the very best during these very challenging times. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if there is anything we can do to assist you in continuing to work during this time.