Criminal - Clerks

Criminal Clerking Structure

Chris Swann is the Senior Clerk to the Criminal Team. With 28 years clerking experience, he is responsible for the practice development and marketing of the Criminal Team. 

David Ellis is the Criminal Clerking Team Leader and is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Criminal Team diary. He is assisted by Austin Brock-ClementsBoth Clerks employ a 'can do' approach to clerking and leave no stone unturned to assist instructing Solicitors.


What the Legal Directories say

Chambers and Partners 2024 - Top Ranked

"David Ellis is an excellent clerk."

"Whilst the entire clerking team is fantastic, Chris Swann in particular is tremendously good at what he does; ensuring that counsel, the lay client and the professional client are supported in the best way that they can be."

We secured a first-class service from the clerking team."

Chris Swann is the senior criminal clerk.

Chambers and Partners 2024

The Legal 500 – The Clients Guide to Law Firms

‘The service provided by 9 St John Street and the clerks is always of an extremely high quality. Chris Swann, the senior criminal clerk, deserves a special mention. He is always willing to go over and above to assist both counsel and their instructing solicitors.’

‘The clerks are always a phone call away and go above and beyond to provide an excellent service. Chris Swann in particular is fantastic.’

‘The service in the clerks room is second to none and they are always there when you require their services; no task is too small for them. They are always welcoming and happy to assist you.’

Legal 500 2024

Chambers and Partners 2022

"The clerks give accurate and clear notes of costs." "The clerks are courteous, prompt and flexible where necessary." "The clerks are excellent: fast responders and efficient." "The lead employment clerk Julia Lanza is brilliant, always available, efficient and effective."

Chambers and Partners 2022