Matthew Phipps joined Chambers as a school leaver in 1983 and qualified as a member of The Institute of Barristers’ Clerks in 1988. When he joined there were 24 members including 4 silks. He has played a pivotal role in the development and expansion of the set, which now comprises over 120 members including 25 silks and became senior clerk in 1999.
Although still an active clerk himself Matthew heads up the clerking team and is responsible for all aspects of Chambers’ practice management and in conjunction with the Chambers Director plays a key role in the marketing, business development and strategic planning.
Recommended by the directories for leadership of a “fantastic clerking team.”
“Under the ‘inimitable guidance’ of ‘first-rate’ senior clerk Matthew Phipps in London, the ‘approachable, cooperative and dependable’ clerks’ room understands how ‘even the smallest requests mean something’ as it ‘goes out of its way to make you feel welcome and valued’; the clerking team is ‘definitely the benchmark for other sets.”
Legal 500 2018
“Interviewees say they receive “consistently excellent service from the barristers to the clerks,” further noting that “it makes this set stand out above others.” The “phenomenal” clerks are “very personable and offer a seamless service, providing accurate fee quotes and billing transparency.” They “will bend over backwards to find you someone suitable” and “are really good at ensuring that the lawyers know what they’re doing. Their handling of cases is impeccable.” Matthew Phipps is the senior clerk in London, whilst David Bingham has the same role in Brighton, and they run teams that are “quick to respond, no-nonsense and transparent.” The clerking team’s strength throughout its ranks is continually highlighted as evidenced by one interviewee who said : “They are the best clerking team of any set I’ve ever worked with – they do not let you down.”
Chambers & Partners 2019
His interests include gardening, horseracing, following most sports and wine.