The Sherwood Bar Group helps barristers’ chambers to:
  • Review and, if appropriate, re-design their management structure (including assessing the actual or potential roles of Head of Chambers, Management Committee(s), Senior Clerk, Chief Executive, Practice Manager)
  • Improve the effectiveness and efficiency of their clerking and administration teams
  • Develop a strategy / business plan that creates a long term direction for the set
  • Find out what their clients think about the service chambers provides
  • Develop the management, marketing and people skills of individual members in order to improve their performance
  • Design and implement imaginative and practical marketing, business development and client relationship management programmes

We do this by:

  • Undertaking management consultancy projects
  • Facilitating chambers and team meetings
  • Providing tailored management and skills training
  • Undertaking client research on behalf of chambers
  • Coaching / mentoring barristers and senior support staff as they perform their demanding roles - see attached flyer with details
  • Providing interim management between senior appointments or to provide additional support during a major project e.g. a move or merger
  • Reviewing your Pupillage process, providing additional support sifting applications or to delivering training to improve your interviewing techniques

We also provide assistance to individual members applying for silk or a judicial appointment. Individual coaching sessions can help applicants as they complete the lengthy application form and prepare for the new style competency based process and interviews.

To work effectively with the Bar, whether that’s with chambers, individual barristers, clerks, managers or administrators, it is essential to understand the individual character of the profession, its culture, attitudes and working practices. The consultants in the Sherwood Bar Group all have extensive experience of working in chambers and / or of working with barristers as consultants.

Examples of our work include:

  • Reviewing the management structure and clerking support for chambers
  • Providing application form and interview skills preparation for those applying for silk and judicial appointments
  • Advising chambers on issues of senior clerk succession and assisting with the recruitment process
  • Assisting chambers with attaining the Quality Mark or BarMark standard
  • Providing professional skills training to a clerking team
  • Reviewing and rewriting chambers marketing material
  • Providing marketing training for a senior clerk and chambers administrator
  • Introducing the structure and processes required for practice development reviews with barristers

The case studies will give you an idea of the range of projects we have undertaken.

  • Thank you for your fantastic skills facilitating our team build. We really did have an amazing day becoming a dream team.