This is the first episode in the third series of The Fountain Court Podcast, featuring a discussion between Neil Stuke and our senior clerk, Alex Taylor.

Neil is a twice BAFTA nominated actor who, among many others, portrayed the role of senior clerk Billy Lamb in BBC’s Silk, a TV series about the members and staff of the fictitious Shoe Lane Chambers.

Alex Taylor has led the clerking team at Fountain Court for 15 years and has been instrumental in its significant success. He has been a clerk since the age of 16, starting his career at Fountain Court and also working at the likes of 11 KBW and Old Square Chambers, before returning to Fountain Court in 2008. He is extremely highly regarded in the market as demonstrated by his numerous accolades including being named by The Legal 500 as ‘Senior Clerk of the Year’ in 2018 and receiving a lifetime achievement award at the 2021 Chambers Bar Awards.

During this episode, recorded in December 2022, Neil questions Alex on the real world of clerking, the changes he has seen over his career to date, some of his highs and lows, and what advice he would give to any aspiring clerks. Alex talks openly about various topics including the struggles of life as a junior clerk, the importance of having a good team around him, his continued determination for excellence and the sacrifices he’s made along the way.

For more information on Fountain Court’s clerking team, please see here.