Gavin heads up the clerking team as Practice Manager of Compass Chambers and ensures that the team works well together and provides the best possible service to Compass members and to customers. Gavin has an LLB from the University of Edinburgh and worked for the Legal Department of a Local Authority before joining the Faculty in 2001. Gavin has extensive experience as an Advocate's clerk having been a Deputy Clerk in another stable for 9 years before taking over the Practice Manager role with Compass in January 2011.
Gavin was shortlisted by Legal 500 for the Senior Clerk of the Year (UK Wide) award in 2014.
Direct dial: 0131 260 5648
Kiera joined the Compass team as a Deputy Clerk in 2011. Kiera has great experience of the legal profession having worked as a Clerk for the Ministry of Defence in their Legal Department for 8 years before joining Compass. This role involved dealing with disciplinary, administrative and fatal accident cases. Kiera also has a BA in Law from Napier University. Her friendly manner and sense of humour combined with a strong work ethic endeared her to Compass members and solicitors alike and she has become an integral part of the Clerking team.
Direct dial: 0131 260 5657
Lesley joined Compass as a Deputy Clerk in January 2013. She came with a wealth of experience as a Deputy Clerk having worked in both Criminal and Civil stables for a period of 13 years before joining Compass. Lesley fitted seamlessly into the team thanks to her friendly and efficient approach. Lesley works 4 days a week from Tuesday – Friday.
Direct dial: 0131 260 5661
Erica is the newest member of the Clerking team, joining Compass as a Deputy Clerk in November 2015. Erica has a BA Honours degree in Law & Management and brings with her over 10 years’ experience as a Deputy Clerk, joining the Faculty in 2004, having worked in 2 other civil stables previously. Erica works 3 days a week on Monday, Tuesday and Friday.
Direct dial: 0131 260 5696
Chambers UK 2016 Edition
The clerking team “stands out from all of the other clerking teams at the Scottish Bar. They’re extremely accommodating and very willing to go the extra mile; a lot more proactive in organising things.” Practice manager Gavin Herd is singled out for particular praise by a number of sources, who note that “he is very attentive and very practical, just extremely good to deal with."
"The clerks are friendly, approachable and professional, making it simple to secure first-class representation when required."
"Compass Chambers has very good, very efficient clerks who are quick to respond. Quality of service is important to them."
"The clerking is excellent. They're very on the ball and will come back to you very quickly. They are always willing to help you find counsel when you need someone urgently."
Legal 500 UK 2016 Edition
“Led by ‘affable’ practice manager Gavin Herd, ‘clerks go above and beyond to provide a first-class service’”.
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