Chambers Director

  • Jackie Maskew

    Chambers Director Call: 0121 262 1705 E:

    Chambers Director, Jackie Maskew is responsible for leading the strategic aspects of St Ives’ operations including business development, HR, finance, facilities, marketing, IT and quality assurance. Having worked in the legal profession for 34 years (23 of which in management positions), she specialises in helping organisations to reach peak performance through innovative change management and people development approaches. Jackie also chairs the Business Development Team.

    “Chambers Director Jackie Maskew leads the administrative arm of chambers, which is ‘efficient and offers a good standard of service’.” Legal 500

    Jackie is a member of the Charted Institute of Personnel and Development and the Institute of Barristers’ Clerks.

Family Team

  • Sarah Robinson

    Practice Manager Family Call: 0121 262 1703 E:

    Sarah joined St Ives in 1999 and is responsible for the management of our large Family Children Team alongside the Assistant Practice Managers Nick Burdon and Asma Akhtar. Legal 500 2017 described Sarah as "one of the best clerks in the West Midlands."

  • Nick Burdon

    Assistant Practice Manager Family Call: 0121 262 1704 E:

    Nick has over 15 years’ experience in barristers chambers in the Midlands. As Assistant Practice Manager, he is involved in all aspects of the family team, including diary management, liaising with courts and billing. Nick is also a member of the Business Development Team.

  • Asma Akhtar

    Assistant Practice Manager Family Call: 0121 262 1757 E:

    Asma has joined St Ives as an Assistant Practice Manager for the Family Team, having previously worked as a Commercial Paralegal at Sydney Mitchell LLP.

    "Asma Akhtar’s confident and approachable persona has ensured that the service she offers is of an excellent standard." (Legal 500)

  • David Walters

    Practice Manager for Private Client Call: 0121 262 1719 E:

    As Private Client Practice Manager David is responsible for the Private Law Children, Family Finance and Dispute Resolution Teams. David is responsible for the management of the Social Housing and Business and Property Teams. David has over 13 years experience in the legal sector having worked as a family law executive before joining chambers in 2017. He has a dynamic approach to business development and has demonstrated his strategic management skills as a member of both the Management and Business Development Teams. David is renowned for his unrivalled client service and Legal 500 2022 stated that David "offers a service like no other clerk, is so attentive and regarded very highly". David has a keen interest in the development of individual member's practices as well as the growth of his team as a whole.

  • Scott Goodison

    Private Client Assistant Practice Manager Call: 0121 236 0863 E:

    Scott is the Assistant Practice Manager for the Private Client Team. Having joined Chambers in 2017, previously working as the Family Team Assistant, he now works alongside David in clerking the Private Law Children, Family Finance and Dispute Resolution Teams.

  • Peter Green

    Administrative support to Care and Crime Teams E:

    Peter Green provides the Family Team with administrative support, having previously clerked Commercial and Employment law for over 2 years at a Tier 1 set.

Criminal Team

  • Daniel Giles

    Practice Manager Crime Call: 0121 262 1729 E:

    Daniel Giles joins Chambers as Practice Manager of the Criminal Practice Group.
    Highlighted by the Legal 500 as having ‘exceptional’ client care and 6 years experience in the legal industry, Daniel is an asset to the Group.

  • James Harte

    Assistant Practice Manager Crime Call: 0121 262 1730 E:

    James Harte joins Chambers as Assistant Practice Manager of the Criminal Practice Group having clerked crime for 7 years previously at a Tier 1 set.

Civil Team

  • Catherine Merry

    Interim Practice Manager Civil Call: 0121 262 1711 E:

    Catherine worked in administration at several leading Midlands firms specialising in Family Law before becoming a Barristers Clerk in 2012 and joined St Ives in 2015. She strives to provide excellent client care and in addition to clerking duties is passionate about her roles on the Diversity, Equality and Wellbeing Committees within Chambers. She is described as “-approachable and friendly, always willing to try hard to make someone available at short notice, sensible with fees and incredibly well organised.” (Chambers & Partners 2024)

  • Jessica Perry

    Civil Assistant Practice Manager Call: 0121 236 0863 E:

    Jessica previously worked as a Paralegal in Private Family Law, before progressing to a fee earner role. She joined St Ives Chambers in 2023 as the Civil Assistant Practice Manager for Chambers

  • Constance Wheeler

    Civil Assistant Practice Manager and Marketing Assistant to the Civil Team Call: 0121 236 0863 E:

    Constance joined St Ives Chambers in 2022 as the services and facilities assistant for Chambers. She has now moved across to our Civil Team, and provides them with administrative support.

Fees Team

  • Gintare Broomfield

    Fees Administrator Call: 0121 262 1707 E:

    Gintare joined St Ives Chambers as a Fees Clerk in 2013 and gained all round experience across all practice areas. She deals with debt collection and recovery of Barristers’ fees, as well as data analysis and monthly reporting.

  • Philip Hidson

    Criminal Billing Clerk/Fees Administrator Call: 0121 262 1701 E:

    Philip joined Chambers in 2000 and spent over 20 years clerking the Criminal Group. He has recently moved into a new role in charge of Criminal billing & will also help support the fees team moving forward.

  • Akvile Burniauskaite

    Junior Fees Clerk Call: 0121 236 0863 E:

    Akvile joined St Ives Chambers in 2023 as the Junior Fees Clerk for Chambers.

Business Administration

  • Hannah Yates

    Marketing Co-ordinator Call: 0121 236 0863 E:

    Hannah Yates is Marketing Co-ordinator for Chambers. She brings a wealth of industry experience to her role, having previously practised as a solicitor and as a member of the clerking team in Chambers.

  • Jacqui Hanks

    Receptionist Call: 0121 236 0863 E:

    Jacqui is responsible for reception and Chambers front of house. Jacqui is committed to providing a professional service for all clients and visitors to Chambers.

  • Sunita Boparai

    Business Administrator Call: 0121 236 0863 E:

    Having previously joined St Ives as a Fees Clerk, Sunita now works alongside the Chambers Director as the Business Administrator. She helps to ensure that the day to day running of Chambers and its facilities is as smooth as possible.

  • Selma Abdullahi

    Office Assistant Call: 0121 236 0863 E:

    With prior experience in recruitment and management, Selma currently supports the business administrator in the daily operations of the company.