The clerking team there is excellent. They are flexible and never let us down, so much so that I see them as an extension of our team. Mark Waller is an excellent chief clerk.

Also pleasing is the presence of a "friendly and helpful" clerking team led by senior clerk Mark Waller, who one source described as "one of the best counsel's clerks that I have ever worked with.


Mark Waller
Senior Clerk
Tel: 020 7410 2013

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.

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Paul Read
Clerking Team Leader
Tel: 020 7410 2012

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 Cole
Clerking Team Leader
Tel: 020 7410 2015

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.


Dan Waple
Tel: 020 7410 2014

Dan began his clerking career in 2009 and has been at 5 Essex Court ever since. His key responsibilities include diary management, allocation of work and fee negotiations for the junior barristers.