Guy Williams
  • Guy Williams is the consummate professional, always willing to assist and commands the utmost respect.

    Legal 500 2021

  • Guy Williams, Alfie Lee and Emma Makepeace head up the clerks’ room with great efficiency and skill and are always approachable, understanding and accommodating to the needs of their lay and professional clients.

    Legal 500 2021

  • The clerks room are the backbone of chambers. They are without doubt second-to-none. They never let you down, are always your back-up. I would be lost without them.

    Legal 500 2021

  • The clerks offer an excellent service and when issues do arise the contact is timely and realistic with a solution to the problem already on hand. Very impressive clerking team.

    Legal 500 2021

  • The clerking team, led by Guy Williams is second to none. All of the clerks go out of their way to ensure that instructing chambers is smooth and goes without issue. The ‘out of hours service’ provided is also exceptional and a member of the clerking teams can be contacted 24/7 in the event of an emergency.

    Legal 500 2021

  • Guy Williams, Emma Makepeace and Alfie Lee are a class clerking act. The clerks room is friendly, efficient and knowledgeable. They are a real credit to chambers and I consider the clerks team to be on a par with the best clerks in London

    Legal 500 2021

  • Outstanding. What makes the clerks’ room work so well at 25BR is the division of labour between Guy Williams, Emma Makepeace and Alfie Lee – they are all excellent, and have attributes which complement each other very successfully.

    Legal 500 2021

  • The clerks are completely on the ball. They simply understand what a solicitor wants from a set of chambers. They guarantee exceptional service in terms of the Counsel that they are able to offer, and the service that they, as a Chambers, should offer over and above that. 

    Legal 500 2021

  • The clerks offer an excellent service and when issues do arise the contact is timely and realistic with a solution to the problem already on hand. Very impressive clerking team.

    Legal 500 2021

  • The clerks are professional and reliable.

    Chambers UK

  • The quality of clerking is held by some to be “second to none” among criminal sets, a fact Senior Clerk Guy Williams can be justly proud of.

    Chambers UK

  • They offer a combination of good clerking, that is led by the respected Guy Williams, and good counsel.

    Chambers UK

  • Immediately approachable, and always very accommodating.

    Chambers UK

  • They attract further plaudits for their reliability and efficiency, and for "bringing order to what otherwise could be a chaotic existence."

    Chambers UK

  • When they deal with instructing solicitors, it's with respect.

    Chambers UK

  • The clerking at the set is in the capable hands of the “affable and proactive” Guy Williams and Emma Makepeace.

    Legal 500

Director of Clerking

Guy Williams

Director of Clerking

May 1998 - Present: 25 Bedford Row, Director of Clerking
November 1983 - May 1998: 11 South Square, 3 Grays Inn Square, 1st Junior Clerk
March 1978 - November 1983: 9 Kings Bench Walk, Junior Clerk

Guy Williams is the consummate professional, always willing to assist and commands the utmost respect. Legal 500 2021

Guy has been with Chambers for over 30 years and has been a significant driving force in its growth into one of the leading criminal defence sets. Guy became Senior Clerk in 1998 and, in 1999, chambers was the first set of chambers in the country to achieve Bar Mark.

Guy has helped Chambers to achieve top tier status over a very short period of time by offering solicitors choice of the very highest quality representation and overall continuity. He runs Chambers dynamically, responding to and leading market change, he is totally commercially minded and entirely approachable.

Guy’s role involves the overall management and supervision of all clerking operations and the development and promotion of business at 25 Bedford Row. He is available for meetings regarding both potential and on-going working relationships and is wholly committed to their development, ensuring all opportunities are explored and maximised.

Guy is committed to the consistent provision of a high-quality service, based on his extensive knowledge and experience of matching the right advocate to an individual case. He is known for his competitive flare, for prioritising the importance of continuity of representation and for his unfaltering commitment to strategy planning and development.

Guy will assist you with fee negotiation for both individual cases and block fee arrangements and will ensure any disputes are fully investigated and resolved.

The last full quality assurance audit by BSI cited the following:

Chambers is extremely well run. A strong and effective management committee is supported by an experienced and highly competent clerking and administrative support team and it is clear from both the documentary evidence examined and from conversations with a range of barristers and staff members, that chambers makes every effort to comply with all of the requirements of the BarMark Standard in support of its core aim of providing an excellent service to its professional and lay clients”.