James Farmer

Chambers Manager

James Farmer

Chambers Manager

James has worked for various sets and clerked all areas of law across the country since 2007. He started life as a Junior Clerk at No5 Chambers before moving to KCH Garden Square in Nottingham and then latterly to Bank House Chambers in Sheffield as the Chambers Manager.

During his time working for Chambers he completed his LLB (Hons), graduating in 2017 from Nottingham Law School and has recently embarked on completing his Masters in International Trade and Commercial Law.

James joined Chambers in November 2016 and is responsible for all the administration functions in Chambers, working closely with Matt Fleming and the other clerks on business development.

Outside work he is a keen musical theatre fan and singer and is part of a local amateur dramatics group.

Matt Fleming

Practice Manager / Civil Clerk

Matt Fleming

Practice Manager / Civil Clerk

Matt has clerked in Birmingham since 1982 and since that time has been employed by all of the major sets of chambers in the city - as a result he has probably clerked over 300 barristers across civil, family and crime during his career. He initially worked at Cornwall Street (in the guise of 6 Fountain Court) for 5 years in the 1990's and made his way back to chambers in 2013.

Away from the office he spends time with his two children, rides his motorbike and tries very hard not to fall off horses!

Jim Leverett

Criminal Clerk

Jim Leverett

Criminal Clerk

After leaving the Court Service Agency as Executive Officer, Jim joined 13KBW as the Criminal Clerk based in Oxford in July 2001. He then followed the Criminal Team to Chambers in April 2014 and remains based in Oxford. In that time Jim has built up an excellent relationship with the courts, defence firms, CPS and Local Authorities within the Thames Valley Area and beyond. In his spare time he likes to read, visit the cinema, holiday and spend as much time as he can with his wife, daughter and family.

Chris Jones

Criminal Clerk

Chris Jones

Criminal Clerk

Chris joined us in 1998 as the office junior. Since that time he has risen up the ranks to become the designated Criminal Team Clerk in Birmingham. He is responsible for the management of more than 20 barristers within the Criminal Team as well as assisting other teams in Chambers including our Oxford Criminal Team when the need arises.

Interests outside work include attending gigs of his favourite bands such as London Grammar, Kings of Leon and Clean Bandit. As a fan of cycling Chris commutes to work daily on his road bike. Chris is also an avid follower of The New York Giants and hopes to see his team play in America soon.

Victoria Kellar

Family Clerk

Victoria Kellar

Family Clerk

Victoria joined us in October 2016 as our Family Clerk and is now responsible for more than 20 barristers within the Family Team having previously worked as Forward Listing Officer at Wolverhampton Crown Court for over 13 years.

In her spare time Victoria enjoys shopping (handbags particularly), gin and hot yoga.

Jordan MacDonald

Junior Clerk

Jordan MacDonald

Junior Clerk

Jordan joined Cornwall Street in August 2018 as a Junior Clerk after he had quickly learnt the basics of clerking and the structure of the Criminal legal system at St Philips Chambers. He works closely with Chris predominately clerking the Criminal Team but is able to assist all teams to contribute to the smooth administration of the diary.

Jordan left school to study Sports Development coaching and fitness and is still an avid sportsman, training most evenings and weekends. He has a wish list of places he would like to travel to and explore; he enjoys spending time with family in South Africa.

Barbara Gonzalez-Jaspe

Events and Marketing Coordinator

Barbara Gonzalez-Jaspe

Events and Marketing Coordinator

Barbara was born in Spain but has lived and studied in the UK from a young age. In 2013 she completed her International Business BA Hons degree. Before moving to London as a Senior Risk and Compliance Recruitment Consultant for two years she lived and worked in Cambodia on a UN's international development project. She attended the University of Birmingham on their LLB for Graduates 2 year program which she completed in 2018 and is currently working as our Events and Marketing Coordinator whilst studying the BPTC part-time at the University of Law after being awarded one of their Advocacy Scholarships.

Outside of Chambers Barbara enjoys snowboarding, climbing and yoga.

Julie French

Fees Administrator

Julie French

Fees Administrator

Helen Purnell

Finance Administrator

Helen Purnell

Finance Administrator

Helen has worked in legal finance for over 25 years, 15 of those years have been with Cornwall Street.

Outside Chambers she surrounds herself with her family keeping her young at heart. In the evening there is nothing she likes more than to get stuck into a good book.

Diane Mason

Receptionist

Diane Mason

Receptionist

Diane has worked in Chambers for over 20 years. She started work initially working for Chambers initially at 6 Fountain Court, moving to Cornwall Street when Chambers relocated where she became our Receptionist and Typist. She dreads to think how many thousands of documents she typed over the years!

She loves travelling and enjoys walking and keeping fit.