Civil Clerking Structure

Tony Morrissey our Senior Clerk leads and manages the Civil Clerking Team, and is responsible for the practice development and marketing of the different specialist practice groups within Chambers.

The Civil Clerking Team is split into two separate and specialist clerking teams. Joe Gibson is the Practice Manager for the Personal Injury and Insurance Fraud Groups. He is assisted by Jane Slingsby, Mark Hyde and Phillip Spencer. Julia Lanza is the Practice Manager for the Commercial and Property and Employments Group. Our Practice Managers are responsible for the daily clerking functions and practice development of their respective members with the assistance of a dedicated support team of clerks.

The Civil Clerking team has always enjoyed a reputation for a "client focused approach", combining its wealth of expertise and knowledge with a friendly and efficient service and an open and flexible approach to fee negotiations.

Criminal Clerking Structure

Criminal Clerking Team

Chris Swann is the Senior Clerk to the Criminal Team. With 25 years clerking experience, he is responsible for the practice development and marketing of the Criminal Team and is assisted by Anthony Brown. Anthony is an experienced Team Leader and facilitates the smooth running of the Criminal Team diary. Both Clerks employ a 'can do' approach to clerking and leave no stone unturned to assist instructing Solicitors.

Regulatory and Professional Discipline Group Team

Chris Swann and Tony Morrissey are jointly responsible for clerking the Regulatory Team. As the Senior Clerks to Chambers they have a wealth of experience spanning 50 years and are suitably placed in the Civil and Criminal Practice Groups to deal with the cross-over that comes with this area of Law.

Family Clerking Structure

Peadar McKinstry is the Team Leader for the Family Team. He is responsible for the teams' practice development as well as the organisation of a very busy diary. He takes a proactive approach and goes the extra mile to accommodate bookings from our Instructing Solicitors. Peadar is assisted by Jake Speed.

What the Legal Directories say:

Chambers 2020

"The clerking team is continually fantastic – the clerks are thorough, efficient and quick to respond to any queries you may have." "The team will always go the extra mile to try to deliver the counsel requested or to find suitable and capable alternatives." "The clerks will always respond within the working day and are very helpful. They are all very friendly and will assist whenever possible to ensure the client's needs are exceeded." Tony Morrissey is the senior civil clerk.

"The support from the clerks is of an extremely high standard and their availability and advice is excellent. They don't flap when there's a complex case or a lot to balance." The set has begun to offer seminars for instructing solicitors across the North West. Tony Morrissey is the senior civil clerk.

Chambers and Partners 2020


"The clerks always provide an efficient and reliable service and are very reasonable with regards to fees." Tony Morrissey is the practice manager and a key contact at the set.

 "The clerks are extremely responsive and have an excellent understanding of our needs." Tony Morrissey is the senior clerk.

"The clerks are organised, friendly and accommodating." "The clerking is good. Tony Morrissey, the head clerk, is excellent and can usually find a way through."

"An incredibly good, extremely professional set." "Tony Morrissey is the senior clerk and it's a very productive relationship."

Chambers & Partners 2018

Chambers & Partners 2017

"A good clerking team which is very efficient and responsive - always quick to come back and usually very helpful." Tony Morrissey is the practice manager and a key contact at the set.

"The clerks, led by Tony Morrissey, are very efficient and friendly, and very quick to get back to you. They're also good at providing added value, and will really go out on a limb for you." "The clerks are brilliant and really sensible in who they recommend to you. They will talk through the options and give you a choice, letting you know a bit more about each barrister, which is really useful."

Chambers & Partners 2017

Legal 500 2016

"An 'excellent set with excellent clerks', 9 St John Street houses a wide range of crime, family and civil practitioners. The civil group's reputation is strongest in employment and personal injury, with employment members holding a reputation for working on complex appellate and discrimination matters; on the personal injury side, the group has a 'wealth of experience' in high-value and sensitive cases, including catastrophic injury claims. In family law, the set is well known for its financial remedy expertise."

"Tony Morrissey and Chris Swann are key clerking contacts, leading a 'very responsive' team that 'goes out of its way to help'."

Legal 500 2016

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"The clerks are so friendly it can feel like they are your colleagues, it is a great relationship. They also always make an effort to be flexible on fees."

"This is a very good clerking team very accessible and very pleasant to deal with and are always prompt."

Chambers And Partners 2015

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"The clerking team is headed by Tony Morrissey. The clerks are efficient and flexible and it is genuinely a real pleasure to work with them."

"The clerking is pretty responsive and we can always have a frank discussion about fees, so that everyone knows where they stand."

"it is a very strong set with a long history; it is well led and clerked, with a strong team boasting a number of different skill sets."

"The clerks are very accommodating and put you with the right person. They go out of their way to assist you."

"Senior clerk Tony Morrissey is excellent, very accommodating and good at maintaining a close working relationship."

Chambers And Partners 2016

Chambers & Partners 2014

"9 St John Street draws praise not just for its members range of expertise, but also for the professionalism of its clerking."

"The clerking team is very efficient respectful and helpful and provide a high quality of service and support."

Chambers And Partners 2014

Legal 500 2014

"Led by Tony Morrissey, the clerking team is regarded as 'amongst the best in Manchester' and praised for 'dealing with costs estimates promptly and clearly!"

Chambers And Partners 2014

Clerking Team shortlisted in 2014 and 2015 for Legal 500 awards for the best Management Team