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 has a large amount of legal experience having previously worked as a Family Law Executive. David was described in Legal 500 2021 as ‘exceptional’, his ‘recommendations are great, and cost estimates always fair’. David is also a member of Chambers’ Business Development Team.

  • 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.

  • Jodie Atkins

    Administrative Assistant Call: 0121 236 0863 E:

    Jodie joined Chambers in 2021 having recently graduated in musical theatre, she is now the Administrative Assistant to the Family Team working alongside Sarah, Nick and Asma.

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

  • Ross Hands

    Practice Manager Civil Call: 0121 262 1700 E:

    Ross has overall responsibility for the Civil Group in Chambers, with a specific focus on the strategic growth of the Business & Property and Housing Teams.

    As Practice Manager, Ross’ core duties include practice development, business development and diary management.

    Ross is ‘always prepared to go the extra mile and provides an unparalleled service. His client care is second to none’ (Legal 500).

    He is also a member of the Business Development Team in Chambers.

  • Catherine Merry

    Civil Assistant Practice Manager Call: 0121 262 1711 E:

    Catherine has over 10 years’ experience in administration at several leading Midlands firms specialising in family law prior to becoming a Barristers’ Clerk in 2012. Catherine joined St Ives as an Assistant Practice Manager in 2015. Catherine has been described as “Excellent” (Legal 500, 2018) and “always very responsive and personable” (Chambers and Partners, 2020).

Fees Team

  • Jamie Brooks

    Senior Fees Clerk Call: 0121 262 1758 E:

    With experience as an Assistant Practice Manager, Jamie Brooks was appointed to Senior Fees Clerk in 2015. He has a wealth of experience in the legal sector having worked in Chambers both in London and the Midlands.

  • 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.

  • Amrinah Maskin

    Fees Administrator Call: 0121 236 0863 E:

    Amrinah is the newest addition to the Fees team at St Ives. Having recently graduated from Coventry University, her role includes supporting the Fees clerks with payment processing and 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.

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.

  • Ayka Ali

    Marketing and Digital Administrator Call: 0121 236 0863 E:

    Ayka is the Marketing and Digital Administrator. She joined St Ives Chambers in March 2019. She has strong skills and experience in email marketing, events, online advertisements, production of blogs, analytics and managing several social media channels.

  • 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.

  • Raluca-Maria Topea

    Services & Facilities Assistant Call: 0121 236 0863 E:

    Raluca joined St Ives Chambers in 2021. She is now the services and facilities assistant for Chambers.