Pump Court Chambers

Sean Gentleman

Sean Gentleman is our Senior Family Clerk and is responsible for leading and delivering a fit for purpose professional clerking service for the family team. Sean joined Pump Court Chambers in April 2018 having started his clerking career at 29 Bedford Row in 2006 where he gained a wealth of experience and knowledge.

He is responsible for managing and developing the practices of the family team barristers and leads the family clerking team in a pro-active and inclusive manner which ensures their success and personal development.

Sean is responsible for the day to day diary, work distribution, fee negotiation and practice development. Sean is friendly and approachable and always happy to discuss individual barrister’s practices. Sean is keen to develop and maintain professional and efficient working relationships with our client base and welcomes the opportunity to discuss your needs.

In November 2019 Sean was shortlisted for the ‘Clerk of the Year’ at the Legal 500 UK Bar Awards 2020, providing further recognition of the level of client care Sean and his team provide, as well as the esteem his clients hold him in. Since joining chambers, Sean and his team have been shortlisted six times at the annual Family Law Awards, in both the Chambers of the Year and Clerking Team of the Year categories.

Sean is a proud member of the Institute of Barristers’ Clerks and Resolution. Sean recently participated in a panel discussion on Wellbeing at the National YRES conference in October 2023 where he was joined by other members of the legal profession.


“Sean Gentleman is one of the best Senior Clerks around.” Legal 500 2024

“Sean Gentleman leads the team with a professional and confident yet friendly and approachable attitude. He is ably supported by the rest of the clerking team.” Legal 500 2024

“All of the clerks are helpful and have a great manner but in particular Sean Gentleman goes out of his way to find the right barrister for the client.” Legal 500 2024

“The family team at Pump Court chambers has gone from strength to strength under the direction of their Senior Family Clerk, Sean Gentleman.  Sean truly understands what solicitors need from counsel and it is clear that his team’s focus is on providing the best quality service to both solicitors and lay clients.  Sean leads by example and is always willing to help and this attitude permeates through the whole of the clerking team.  It is clear that they all like working together and their “can do” attitude is refreshing and makes them a pleasure to work with”. Senior Partner, at Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners ranked firm

“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

“Sean Gentleman is an excellent clerk and represents chambers very well”. Legal 500, 2022

“Sean Gentleman, senior family clerk, is incredibly helpful” Chambers & Partners 2021

“Sean Gentleman is first rate. Great service and quick grasp of what the case and the solicitor needs. A great addition to chambers.” Legal 500 2021

“Sean Gentleman is a joy to deal with”. Legal 500 2021

“Exceptional, Senior Family Clerk Sean Gentleman, brings new ideas and excellent service” Legal 500 2020

“Incredibly helpful, efficient and professional. Always go the extra mile”. Legal 500 2019



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