Coronavirus: Important Operational Message

Author: The Clerking Team
In: News Published: Thursday 19 March 2020


Coronavirus - Business Continuity 

0207 242 6476 or

We are following government and Bar Council guidelines in order to remain open for business. We are continuing to work during our usual hours of 8.30am-6.30pm.

Members of Chambers will be working remotely where possible and will continue to be fully contactable via our switchboard, 020 7242 6476 and by email.

Outside office hours, we are available for urgent enquiries on the usual switchboard number, 020 7242 6476. You will hear a message with the relevant mobile numbers to call (telephone numbers are also listed below).

33 Bedford Row Main Building 

Whilst Chambers as a business remains open, 33 Bedford Row's main building in London will have restricted use. Some chambers staff, including clerks, will be working from home while some will be working from the main building. You can contact clerks/staff using the contact details set out above, or by using individual contact details set out below.     


We would be grateful if you could make all payments to us by BACS using the bank details on the fee notes you have been sent. If you have any queries please email

Outside Lockdowns or Tier 4/3's, card payments can be made Monday to Friday 10:00 am until 3:00 pm. 

Please do not send cheques to our office in the post.

To check Chambers' account details, please telephone 33 Bedford Row on 0207 242 6476


Deliveries of post etc can be made to 33 Bedford Row's main building in London, but deliveries need to be within the hours of 10.00am and 3.00pm until the end of August.

Please send correspondence/case documents electronically to If you need to have hard copy papers delivered to us, please contact the relevant clerk beforehand (by email or phone) to make the necessary arrangements for documents to be sent to an appropriate address.

Clerks' Direct Landline Numbers

Calls to direct landline numbers for our members of staff will be diverted to their mobile numbers. 

General Enquiries 

If you are unsure about who you need to contact or you wish to speak to a barrister, please call our switchboard number on 020 7242 6476 and our clerks will endeavour to take your call.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused and we will of course update you if this situation changes.

All reasonable care is being taken to anticipate the challenges likely to arise over the next weeks and months. We appreciate this is a difficult time for many of our clients. We can assure you that we are taking every possible measure to provide the most effective service we can in these unprecedented times.


Conferences may be held via telephone or on Zoom/Skype, and we can arrange access to video conferencing as necessary. If there is a need to rearrange conferences presently due to take place in Chambers, so that they can take place via video conferencing, then please contact us. 

Enquries about Our Coronvirus Response

If you have any questions in relation to our planning, or related to your own response planning, please get in touch with your usual 33 Bedford Row contact or via 

Mobile and Email Addresses

The mobile phone numbers of our clerks are:

Senior Clerk 

Gary Reed: 07530 656607

Civil, Commercial & Arbitration

Mark Byrne: 07931 231 321 

Charleigh Thurston: 07506 340 306       

Crime & Regulatory

Jamie Smurthwaite: 07530 657 073

Bill Ince: 07508 119 428   

Family (inc: Children, Care & Finance) 

Mark Venables: 07792 701 136    

Charlotte Cracknell: 07958 162 221      


Rob Andrews: 07399 985 572    

Our team is are available for round-the-clock to provide round-the-clock urgent legal advice to businesses, lay clients and solicitors during this stressful time.
By putting in place these contingency measures we intend to continue offering as normal a service as possible throughout the duration of this unprecedented epidemic; and by working together we are confident we can find solutions to any problems arising, thereby reducing as far as possible any impact on our professional and lay clients and minimising risks to health.