Our Clerks

Our clerks are down-to-earth, commercially aware and highly-experienced in helping you to find the right barrister for your particular needs.  They are particularly well-regarded for their friendliness and can-do attitude, which ensures they develop good relationships with solicitors, lay clients, and court staff.


They are always willing to discuss a new matter and to assist where they can in ongoing matters so please do not hesitate to pick up the phone and call them.

Ian Hogg

Senior Clerk

Ian Hogg is our Senior Clerk, and has been a barristers’ clerk since 1987 and a Senior Clerk since 1996.


As Senior Clerk, Ian is responsible for the overall management and development of the practice of each barrister in chambers, as well as the general administration of the clerks room.


Ian uses his wealth of knowledge as a barristers clerk, along with a unique understanding of the skills and abilities of each of barrister so that he can advise on the suitability, availability and likely cost of instructing Counsel from 1 Essex Court.


Ian takes pride in the promotion and marketing of chambers and sees client relationship building as central to his role as Senior Clerk.


Contact: ihogg@1ec.co.uk

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Charlie Firmin
First Junior Clerk

Charlie joined chambers as first junior clerk in 2022.

Charlie has been clerking since 2009 and has gained knowledge in many areas of law. His main responsibilities include assisting the Senior Clerk and the Clerking team, concerning the management of barrister’s practices, negotiating fees, managing diaries, overseeing the fixing of cases in the High Court and County Courts, and advising clients of suitable and available Counsel. He also assists with marketing and promotion of Chambers and works hard on maintaining and building relationships with new and existing clients.


He takes pride in providing an excellent level of service to both the members of Chambers as well as new and existing clients.


Outside of clerking he enjoys playing golf at a very average level and spending time with his young family.


Contact: cfirmin@1ec.co.uk

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Josh joined chambers as junior clerk in 2018.

Josh provides assistance when necessary to other clerks and barristers. His main roles include assisting members to and from court, operating the telephones, taking diary bookings, obtaining listings and ensure the smooth running of chambers.

Outside of chambers, Josh enjoys watching and playing football as well as spending time with friends and family.


Contact: jhall@1ec.co.uk

Josh Hall

Junior Clerk

Client testimonials about our clerks


“Over years of instructing 1 Essex Court I have built great relationships with the clerks room which is led by Ian Hogg. They have always been able to accommodate for any work I have sent down & can always provide me with the most suitable Counsel to carry out the job.”

Paul Verlander, Carpenter & Co Solicitors


"I have worked with 1 Essex Court over a number of years, both with a previous law firm and presently. I highly rate the Chambers as well as the efficiency and helpfulness of the Clerks in dealing with the papers and getting back quickly on cost estimates."

Mary Kilner, Head of Company Commercial, Colemans Solicitors LLP


“I have instructed 1 Essex Court over many years. They have a good range of high quality Counsel and have dealt with our legal work to a very high standard. The clerks are very accommodating and Ian Hogg and his team do an excellent job.”

Laurence Winstone of Squire Patton Boggs LLP



I have received a good quality, commercial and friendly service whenever I have instructed barristers at 1 Essex Court.  The Senior Clerk Ian Hogg, and his team, can always be relied on to provide an excellent clerking service with a sensible pricing structure.  Deadlines are set promptly and then complied with. Overall, an excellent service is provided.


John Esplen, Red Bar Law LLP


"I have always found 1 Essex Court to be extremely reliable and professional and have instructed them on many of my cases. The Clerks led by Ian Hogg are extremely efficient and helpful and always able to find the most suitable counsel for the job. Over the years I have instructed Kolarele Sonaike and Andrew Wilson.  All of them presented the highest quality of work and were always available to discuss the case.  Instructing them gave me reassurance and the best results for the clients."

Katarzyna Boguslawska, Saunders Law