Our clerks will be happy to advise on the suitability of members of QEB for any particular case and will provide charging rates upon request. They provide practical arrangements connected with any court hearings, particularly the fixing and listing of cases to be heard. Their reputation is unrivalled and they were recently described by Chambers & Partners as ‘exceptionally helpful’ and ‘terrific’. Legal 500 also recognises the high-quality service that is routinely delivered by the clerks and awarded them the coveted Clerking / Practice Management Team of the Year 2019. They describe the clerks as ‘fantastic’ and observed that “‘Senior Clerk Howard Rayner has assembled and leads a universally excellent dream team’ of ‘second-to-none’ clerks who ‘go above and beyond’ on a regular basis and are ‘a true asset to chambers’.”
Appointed Senior Clerk in 2016, Howard has responsibility for the practices of all members of Chambers, the clerking team and client management. Chambers & Partners has described Howard as ‘uber-efficient’ and ‘very well organised’. In 2019 the Legal 500 shortlisted Howard for the Senior Clerk / Chief Executive of the Year award. In addition to his role in Chambers, Howard is the Treasurer of the Institute of Barristers’ Clerks and a member of their Executive and Management Committees. He qualified into the Institute with a distinction by passing the exam in first place for which he was awarded the prestigious John Carter Memorial Trophy. Outside Chambers Howard enjoys spending time with his family and following a number of sports (but not football!).
Jon started his career with QEB in 2002 and has been a loyal member of the Clerks’ Room ever since. We were delighted to promote Jon to the position of First Junior Clerk in 2016 in which role he has day to day responsibility for the management of the diary and the negotiation and billing of barristers’ fees. In 2019 Legal 500 described Jon as a ‘miracle worker’ and ‘in a league of his own’. Jon is a qualified member of the Institute of Barristers’ Clerks and he has an active role in the development of the junior clerks. Outside work Jon’s interests include snowboarding, golf and fishing, whilst also being an avid Tottenham supporter.
Together with her colleagues Liz is responsible for the management & development of members’ practices. She deals with negotiating and billing barristers work, listings, diary management and assigning cases, and is a qualified member of the Institute of Barristers’ Clerks. Legal 500 commented that Liz is ‘capable, helpful; you always feel well looked after in her hands’. Having recently returned from maternity leave, she is enjoying being a new mum for the second time. Out of Chambers she enjoys travelling and spending time with family & friends.
Harry joined Chambers in August 2013. He is a valued member of the team and deals with diary management, fixing cases and general Chambers’ duties. Legal 500 recently described Harry as having ‘a promising future and is one very much to watch’ as well as shortlisting him for the Clerk of the Year Award. Harry is a qualified member of the Institute of Barristers’ Clerks. In his spare time he plays football for a local team and is a qualified football referee.
Callum joined QEB in November 2017. Prior to that he was at 1 Hare Court for nearly five years. His skills complement those of his colleagues and as a result he is a well-respected member of the team. Away from work, Callum is interested in socialising, going to the gym and motorcycling.
Harry “Hal” Laing
Hal has continued his clerking career at QEB since July 2021. Prior to joining QEB, Hal started his career at 4PB. In his spare time Hal partakes in a number of sports. When he is not playing sports, he enjoys socialising and travelling and supporting Crystal Palace.