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Our Senior Clerk, Gary Oliver, has been a clerk for over 35 years, the past 26 of which have been here at Blackstone Chambers.
He has overall responsibility for managing and developing the individual practices of each member of Chambers. This also includes the strategic and focused business development and marketing of Chambers, across all areas of practice.
Clients respect Gary’s advice and judgement as to the most appropriate Counsel to instruct. He has built strong relationships with clients worldwide, in particular India, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, Cayman, BVI, Bermuda, USA, Russia, Cyprus, Kazakhstan and Europe.
He is highly regarded by both the independent legal directories, Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500. He was featured as one of the legal stars of 2013 by The Lawyer in the ‘Hot 100’. The Lawyer citation reads, “[a]s Blackstone Chambers’ Senior Clerk, Gary Oliver is a key force behind chambers’ phenomenal success”.
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Derek Sutton is Deputy Senior Clerk at Blackstone Chambers. He started his clerking career at Blackstone over 20 years ago and has developed an excellent understanding of all Chambers’ practice areas and assists Gary Oliver with practice development for all members of Chambers.
He works closely with clients, from Counsel selection to fee negotiation, providing ongoing support and assistance throughout the lifetime of a matter.
Derek also assists Gary and Mat Swallow with marketing initiatives both with UK and overseas clients.
The latest edition of The Legal 500 commends Derek’s expertise, reporting, “[Derek Sutton] is at the top of his game and provides an impeccable service.”
Tel: +44 (0) 207 8227327
Adam Sloane is joint Deputy Senior Clerk and has been with Chambers since 2000.
In his role as Deputy Senior Clerk Adam assists Senior Clerk Gary Oliver in the management and development of barristers practices at all levels of seniority.
Adam's time at Blackstone Chambers has provided him with a breadth of knowledge across all of chambers practice areas, enabling him to play a key role in both the domestic and international growth of chambers.
The Legal 500 credits Blackstone with a “first-rate clerking team” and says Adam is “very easy to work with”.
Tel: +44 (0) 207 8227326
Dean Tolman has been a clerk for over 20 years, with almost 10 of those years at Blackstone Chambers and has an excellent understanding of all Chambers’ practice areas.
Dean has sole responsibility for clerking James Eadie QC, the First Treasury Counsel, and also for overseeing the members of Chambers on the Attorney General’s panel counsel lists. He is also responsible for the diary management and practice development of all members of Chambers, daily liaison and advising clients, distribution of work, fee negotiation, listing of Chambers cases and assisting with marketing initiatives.
Tel: +44 (0) 207 8227331
Lewis Walker commenced his clerking career in 2002 and has been at Blackstone Chambers since 2008 where he is now an integral member of the senior clerking team. His main responsibilities include advising clients on the distribution of work, managing Counsel's diaries, fee negotiation and practice development for all member of Chambers. He has strong case management and listing skills and can assist clients on listing procedures in all courts and tribunals in which Chambers appear. He also assists with marketing initiatives and input into Chambers practice groups as well as sitting on the Chambers IT committee.
Tel: +44 (0) 207 8227323
Kevin Grubb commenced his clerking career in 2006 and has been at Blackstone Chambers since 2011. His main responsibilities include advising clients on new work enquiries, fee negotiation, listing hearings and diary management. He also assists with the practice development of members of chambers and marketing initiatives.
Tel: +44 (0) 207 8227339
Adam Fuschillo started his Clerking career with Blackstone Chambers in July 2008. His main duties within the Clerking Team involves the distribution of work, liaising with Solicitors, getting our Tenants called to foreign jurisdictions when needed, fee negotiations and general day to day management of the diaries of our Tenants. He has successfully completed the BTEC Advanced Award in Chambers Administration.
Outside of work he enjoys socialising with friends, going to watch Tottenham Hotspur (for which he has a season ticket) and going to the gym on a regular basis.
Tel: +44 (0) 207 8227329
Danny Compton started his clerking career with Blackstone Chambers in July 2010. He is an integral member of the clerking team, covering all areas of Chambers’ practice with a particular focus on the junior members of Chambers.
His main duties include liaising with solicitors, work distribution, fee negotiation and general day to day management of barrister diaries.
Outside of work he enjoys socialising with friends, going to the cinema and sports. He plays football every week, goes to the gym and has participated in amateur boxing bouts.
Tel: +44 (0) 207 8227338
Sophie Floydd began her clerking career with Blackstone Chambers in August 2015 after graduating from the University of Exeter. Her duties within the clerking team include liaising with solicitors, diary management, distribution of work and fee negotiation with a focus on the most junior tenants.
Tel: +44 (0) 207 8227324
Julia Hornor is Chambers’ director and her responsibilities cover the non-clerking side of management and administration. Together Gary Oliver, our senior clerk, Mat Swallow, Chambers’ deputy director, and Julia are responsible for strategic planning, management and administration of Chambers. Her areas of responsibility include amongst other matters the recruitment of barristers, pupils, and staff, IT, premises oversight, finance, and corporate governance.
Julia is a member of the LPMA. Prior to joining Chambers, she worked as a litigation solicitor specialising in commercial and employment law in a City firm.
Time outside work is divided between family, friends, dog walking and making an effort to sing with a choir – time permitting. A long held ambition is to keep bees - yet to be fulfilled!
Tel: +44 (0) 207 5831770
Mat Swallow is Deputy Chambers Director and this is his second stint at Blackstone Chambers, having first been employed as the Communications and Marketing Manager (2005-2007). He was then recruited to launch a new joint venture between YouGov, the leading research organisation, and Centaur, the listed publisher.
Previously, Mat spent seven years as a journalist with The Lawyer magazine, latterly as deputy editor. He rejoined Blackstone Chambers in June 2008.
Working closely with the Senior Clerk and Chambers Director, Mat’s role encompasses practice management and marketing/business development.
Tel: +44 (0) 207 8227301
Jonathan Fenster is Chambers’ highly experienced finance manager with a wealth of experience in the legal sector. He joined Blackstone in 2009 and is responsible for all matters relating to the financial operation of Chambers. Specific responsibilities include the management of financial controls for individual practitioners, and for Chambers’ management company. He has an in depth knowledge of VAT as it relates to expenses and fees delivered to clients outside UK jurisdictions, including issues surrounding the Anti-Money Laundering Regulations.
Samantha Hutchins is Chambers' Fees Clerk. With over 20 years' experience, she is responsible for managing all aspects of Chambers' aged debt, whilst maintaining good relationships with clients both in the UK and worldwide.
Vive Alp is our Facilities Manager and joined Blackstone in 2008, having previously worked in the financial services industry. Vive looks after the day to day office management of Chambers, and her wide-ranging responsibilities include supplier contracts, office supplies, building maintenance, security and health & safety.
Zoe Washington is the Graduate Recruitment and Pupillage Administrator for Chambers, and is responsible for the administration of Chambers’ graduate recruitment together with the administration of pupillage for Chambers’ current pupils through their year of training. Responsibilities also include the organisation of Chambers’ attendance at law fairs, and other events with universities and outreach organisations.
Katie Livingstone is the Events & Marketing Executive for Chambers, looking after the conferences and seminars, corporate functions and the marketing that goes with this. These events range from informal networking events to large-scale conferences with guest lists ranging from 10 to 1000. Katie has project responsibility from planning to post-event analysis, involving management of fellow support staff and negotiation with external suppliers.
Hannah MacAskill is Chambers’ Marketing & Communications Executive and her responsibilities include co-ordinating submissions to legal directories; managing website content and dealing with related enquiries; communications such as external e-bulletins and our internal newsletter; and acting as one of the first points of contact for press requests. Hannah joined Chambers in 2014.
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