Pump Court Chambers

Clerks & Administration


Our clerking team is known for consistently providing a first-class service to new and existing clients, we match the right barrister to the client, whilst ensuring the administration of the set runs smoothly. We believe that our approach adds up to a set that really knows what exceptional client service means.

We strive for professional excellence in all that we do, always working to the highest ethical standards. We are committed to promoting equal opportunities, providing access to justice and to serving the public through all forms of publicly funded work, ADR, bespoke fee agreements and pro bono initiatives. We make reasonable adjustments for our disabled clients, employees, members; whilst regularly reviewing and updating our parental leave, flexible working, harassment and equal opportunities policies.

In May 2021, we were reaccredited with the ISO 2015 quality standard; one of the first sets at the bar to have achieved this recognition. ISO is an internationally recognised standard for Quality Management Systems (QMS) and is the most widely used QMS standard in the world. The standard provides our clients with the confidence that when using Pump Court, they will receive a best-in-class service.

Industry recognition

Our clerking team regularly receives praise in the Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500, guides to the legal profession. We were commended for providing exceptional client service in Chambers & Partners 2023 UK Bar Guide, as well as being shortlisted for ‘Client Service Set of the Year’ at the forthcoming Chambers Bar Awards. We have exceptional individuals in our clerking team, in 2022 Tony Atkins was shortlisted for Senior Clerk of the Year at the legal 500 Bar Awards, having won the Institute of Leadership and Management Learner of the Year Award in 2015. Tony was Highly Commended in the Awards and one of only five award winners worldwide. In 2020 Sean Gentleman, Senior Family Clerk was shortlisted for ‘Clerk of the Year’ at the Legal 500 Bar Awards.

“The clerks are excellent, always ready to work with you and find a solution. Friendly and professional, they are a delight to work with.”
Chambers & Partners 2023

“I value the clerks always being reliable, they are always available by phone and email, and always do their best to find cover or availability.”
Chambers & Partners 2023

“Tony Atkins is a fantastic head clerk; he runs a great team.” “The communication from the clerks is prompt and reliable.”
Chambers & Partners 2023

“Tony Atkins, senior clerk, and Sean Gentleman, senior family clerk, work extremely well together, and their younger clerks are as helpful as ever.”
Chambers & Partners 2023

‘Sean Gentleman and James Collier are a joy to work with.’
Legal 500 2023

The clerks at Pump Court Chambers are helpful and adaptable. Ben Harfield and James May always pull out the stops when it comes to listing and making sure all last minute matters are covered.’
Legal 500, 2023

“Jonathan Cue and Dean Cunniff are real stars and always obliging.”
Chambers & Partners 2023

Jonathan Cue is extremely helpful and responsive.’
Legal 500 2023

“A strong and responsive clerking team who will often go the extra mile to help with a request.”
Chambers & Partners 2023

“The clerking team are friendly and approachable.”
Legal 500 2023

The clerks are courteous and extremely helpful.”
Chambers & Partners 2023

“Strong clerking team who always make themselves available.”
Legal 500 2023

“The clerking is very smooth running – absolutely seamless.”
Chambers & Partners 2023

“The clerks are always happy to help and capable of finding the right person for the particular job.”

Chambers & Partners 2023

“The clerking team is excellent and always has been at all levels.”
Chambers & Partners 2023

Business Development & Marketing


Behind the scenes we have a dedicated team who support our clerks, barristers and mediators to enable us to provide a first class service.

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