Our Clerks

Daniel Bartlett

Senior Clerk

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    Senior clerk Daniel Bartlett ‘always listens to instructing solicitors and seeks to ensure the set maintains a high standard of work’ Legal 500 2019 Dan has been Senior Clerk at Church Court Chambers since its creation in June 2013. He has been clerking since 1989 with apart from for an 18 month period starting in 1999 when he worked as a paralegal in Singapore at Beaumont & Son solicitors, an international law firm where he worked in Aviation Insurance law. He also took a year out some time later having picked up the travel bug to tick off some boxes from the bucket list. Dans enjoys running his clerks room on efficiency, approachability and above all honesty.
Rod McGurk

Practice Director

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    Rod McGurk has been praised as “very user friendly” by Legal 500 2017. Rod McGurk, who is ‘highly experienced’ and ‘most helpful’ Legal 500 2018. Rod McGurk is ‘very helpful and swift to respond to enquiries’ Legal 500 2019 Rod joined Church Court Chambers in 2016 from 7 Bedford Row chambers, having begun his clerking career 29 years ago, in 1989. He is adept at building and maintaining client relationships both domestically and internationally. He has a thoroughly professional and compellingly friendly manner. He was awarded a professional qualification by the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) and is a member of the International Bar Association. Rod was also invited to join the Legal Forum at the University of Greenwich.
David Selsdon

First Junior

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    Dave Selsdon aka Big Dave runs chambers daily dairies. Dave has been clerking since 1999 and brings an incredible level of efficiency and calmness to what could be a very stressful role. In his younger days he was an avid footballer using his extraordinary height to protect the goal, he now spends many an hour on the side-lines supporting his eldest boy who is following in his footsteps and his beloved West Ham.
Tom Horgan

Second Junior

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    Tom joined Church Court Chambers in September 2018 as our Second Junior. He will be assisting David Selsdon with the daily running of chambers, which will range from managing the diaries to assisting barristers. Having worked with David in the past he shares with him that same high level of efficiency and drive in all aspects of his work. Tom is an avid film and series watcher, particularly Game of Thrones. He also enjoys playing cricket on the weekends for his team in Kent.
Mark Bird

Fees Clerk

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    Mark brings a wealth of experience having started his clerking career in 2001. He is responsible for the billing and collection of counsel’s fees. He is quoted in Legal 500 as “extremely helpful and goes that extra mile to ensure the clients requirements are fulfilled.’ Mark is a keen golfer and Member of the Eldon Golf Society (a society for Barristers Clerks that dates back to 1928.) Mark is also a Tottenham Hotspur Season Ticket Holder and a volunteer for Guide Dogs UK.
Jonathan Sharpling


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    Jonathan joined Church Court Chambers in April 2018. He helps with all aspects within chambers from introducing and maintaining IT processes, to dealing with larger projects,. He aided in preparing chambers for GDPR and innovating new technological process. He has had previous experience at Penningtons Manches LLP where he assisted in the development of Knowledge Management within the firm. Jonathan graduated from Loughborough University in 2016 after studying Business and Information Management, He enjoys learning all forms of technology to better assist others in their problems. He has a passion for power-lifting and skiing making regular trips to Val d’Isère and Tignes.
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