Practice managers

Head of Clerking

Paul Horsfield
Paul Horsfield +44 (0)20 7419 6201 +44 (0)7927 571 897

Paul joined XXIV Old Buildings in September 2017 and in December 2019 was promoted to Head of Clerking.

He oversees all aspects of practice management, including assisting and supporting the barristers in developing their profile, building client relationships and ensuring chambers continues to provide the highest levels of service.

Chambers & Partners 2019 says Paul is “fantastic and very responsive” as well as “really efficient” and is described as “impressive” by The Legal 500 2020.

Senior Practice Managers

James Ladbrook
James Ladbrook +44 (0)20 7419 6204 +44 (0)7590 494 330

James was appointed Senior Practice Manager in 2017 and is responsible for managing and promoting the practices of our Junior barristers, including management of diaries, fee negotiation and maintaining and developing client relationships, both in the UK and offshore.

The Legal 500 says James “offers a great service…” and is described in Chambers & Partners as “really efficient”, “fantastic and very responsive”.

James is a member of the Institute of Barristers’ Clerks and in 2018 was appointed one of Chambers’ ‘Pro Bono Champions’, as part of an initiative to encourage barristers to take on not-for-profit work.

Perry Brown
Perry Brown +44 (0)20 7419 6206 +44 (0)7732 682 351

Perry joined chambers in 2008 and was appointed as Senior Practice Manager in May 2020. His key responsibilities include; fee negotiation, the management of members’ diaries, business development both on and offshore, work allocation and assisting with the overseeing and management of the Practice Management team.

Since joining Chambers Perry has obtained a distinction in BTEC in Chambers Administration and a Diploma in Leadership and Management Skills. He is also a qualified member of the Institute of Barristers Clerks.

Perry is described by Chambers & Partners as “a man you can create good dialogue with” and “efficient and user-friendly”, “a godsend with a great can-do attitude” by Legal 500.

Practice Managers

Tommie Drury
Tommie Drury +44 (0)20 7419 6203

Tommie joined XXIV Old Buildings in August 2015 as Assistant Practice Manager in the Silks and Senior Junior team, where his roles included liaising with solicitors, attending listing appointments as well as practice and diary management.

In May 2017, Tommie was promoted to the position of Practice Manager. In this role he is responsible for various aspects of practice management and development including fee negotiation, diary management and the administering of cases.

In 2017, Tommie also successfully completed his Advanced BTEC in Chambers Administration.

Tommie is singled out in the Legal 500 for ‘not shying away from dealing with difficult issues’.

Joel Banks
Joel Banks +44 (0)20 7400 5780

Joel is responsible for managing the practice of the more junior members of chambers. His role includes diary management, client and case management, fee negotiation and listing hearings in any of the high court divisions.

After joining chambers in 2016, Joel was promoted to Practice Manager and now sits on the career development committee of the IBC.

The Legal 500 describes Joel as “friendly, efficient and eager to go above and beyond to assist where he can.”

Assistant Practice Managers

Sam McCrone
Sam McCrone +44 (0)20 3841 8861

Sam joined XXIV Old Buildings in July 2017 after graduating from Leeds Beckett University where he studied Sports Business Management. He previously gained clerking experience working at 4 Stone Buildings.

Sam is responsible for liaising with solicitors, attending listing appointments and assisting the practice management team.

Sam is also a member of the IBC.

Junior Clerks

Matthew Evans
Matthew Evans +44 (0)20 7691 2424

Matthew joined XXIV Old Buildings in February 2018. He previously gained clerking experience working at 4 Stone Buildings. His responsibilities within Chambers include taking papers to and from court, lodging documents and assisting in the smooth running of the clerks’ room.

Dan Lisle
Dan Lisle +44 (0)20 7691 2424

Dan joined XXIV Old Buildings in May 2019. Dan previously gained experience working as a studio runner at Pinewood Studios and studied Editing Post Production and Animation at Ravensbourne University.

In his spare time, Dan has a keen interest in music and has played in a band for the past 5 years.