The clerking team at 5 Essex Court is very good. They provide quick responses.Chambers UK 2018
Senior clerk Mark Waller is "approachable and flexible." He is "very good and will go the extra mile for you.Chambers UK 2018
The clerks are always pleasant to deal with and will always do their best to accommodate your needs.Chambers UK 2018
Instructing solicitors highlight their excellent relationship with head clerk, Mark Waller, and appreciate the "invaluable, frank and open conversations.Chambers UK 2018
The clerking is very efficient.Chambers UK 2018
The clerking service is very good, being both professional and timely. They provide an excellent service.Chambers UK 2018
The clerks' room also provides 'an excellent service'. "No problem is too big" and the team is "extremely attentive and accommodating". Senior clerk Mark Waller is 'exemplary' and clerking team leaders Paul Read and James Cole are 'outstanding'Legal 500 2017
5 Essex Court clerking is overseen by the Senior Clerk Mark Waller who has been with Chambers since 1997 and was promoted to Senior Clerk in July 2001. Mark has operational responsibility for clerking and professional matters including client management; Mark leads the clerking team and is responsible for ensuring that a modern and efficient business service is provided to clients. He has an in-depth knowledge of each member’s practice and is therefore able to advise clients on their choice of counsel as well as discuss fees. He is responsible for the development of members’ practices and the development of chambers as a whole and is the principal point of contact in relation to new instructions. Mark is responsible for the development of clerking procedures and a system of Individual Practice Development for members marketing of Chambers. Before joining 5 Essex Court; Mark worked at Farrar’s Building, 1 Kings Bench Walk, Byrom Chambers and 9 Gough Square in a career spanning 30 years.
Paul was appointed First Junior and joined 5 Essex Court in July 2014 . In conjunction with the Senior Clerk he is responsible for diary management, fee agreements, billing and practice development for the juniors in Chambers. He has a wide range of experience gained over many years having worked in key First Tier chambers throughout his career. Paul has also worked at Doughty Street Chambers, Old Square Chambers and New Court Chambers.
James joined Chambers from school in September 2003. James’s main role in Chambers is the management and development of all aspects of the junior barristers’ practice including; diary management, fee negotiation and listing. James is a member of the Institute of Barristers Clerks.