Fountain Court Chambers

London & Singapore

Alex Taylor

Alex has been leading Fountain Court’s clerking team since 2008. He has day-to-day responsibility for the clerking of Fountain Court’s most senior silks, with the assistance of Luke Diebelius. Alex also oversees and has overall responsibility for the clerking of Chambers as a whole. He is centrally involved in the management of Chambers as well as building and maintaining relationships with our clients both domestically and internationally.

After being shortlisted for the previous 4 years, Alex received the award of Senior Clerk of the Year 2018 from Legal 500. Excellent client attention and a highly efficient bespoke clerking service have been hallmarks of Alex throughout his four decade career. This has been recognised by the two principal legal directories, which have consistently reported on the positive impact that Alex and the clerking team have had and the high standards of service that they deliver. Under Alex’s leadership Fountain Court has received a number of awards including:

  • Professional Discipline Set of the Year 2019 from Chambers & Partners
  • Banking Set of the Year 2018 from Chambers & Partners
  • Commercial Litigation Set of the Year 2018 from Legal 500,
  • Banking Set and Professional Negligence Set of the Year 2017 from Chambers & Partners
  • Chambers of the Year and Commercial Set of the Year 2016 from Chambers & Partners
  • Halsbury Legal Award for Best Business Development Team 2014,
  • Chambers of the Year 2010 from both Legal Business and The Lawyer

Alex is a qualified member of the Institute of Barristers’ Clerks having gained a distinction in their exams and served as a member of the Management Committee for a number of years.  He was one of the original members of the Bar Council’s CFA Panel, which he served on until 2008.

He is also a contributing co author of chapter dealing with Practice Management and Business Development in the recently published book “The Independent Bar – Insights into a Unique Business Model”.

Recommendations:

Chambers & Partners 2020

The senior managing clerk is Alex Taylor, who is acknowledged to be in the premier league in terms of his experience and capabilities.”

“The clerks are very helpful and will bend over backwards to do whatever they can for you.” “The clerks are all very responsive, affable and polite.” Senior clerk Alex Taylor “doesn’t oversell and always delivers on what he says.”

 Legal 500 2019

“Senior clerk Alex Taylor ‘runs a tight ship with supervision from top to bottom; nothing comes as a surprise or too difficult for him to deal with and he understands the importance of relationships’”

 Chambers & Partners 2019

“The clerks take a commercial view, are very accommodating and totally get the markets. Alex Taylor is the highly respected senior clerk.”

“Alex Taylor who leads the clerking team is really good. He looks after you well and gives you honest feedback. He’s a real plus point for the chambers.”

“Senior clerk Alex Taylor is noted for the superior service he offers clients and instructing solicitors.”

Legal 500 2018

“The ‘highly responsive’ clerks’ room is ‘exceptional’ and able ‘to provide various solutions demonstrating incredible commercial awareness’. The team is led by ‘fantastic’ senior clerk Alex Taylor, who is ‘a very real asset to chambers’.”

Chambers and Partners 2018

“The set’s director of clerking, Alex Taylor, is held in high esteem by solicitors, who describe him as “an absolute star and a straight shooter who is a delight to work with.” He oversees “a clerking room which operates particularly well, and provides a very reliable service.” Taylor “brings an added professionalism and responsiveness to the clerking team and is known for his user-friendliness.” Such is the “energy and knowledge” demonstrated by him and his fellow clerks that one commentator stated: “The clerks here don’t just go the proverbial extra mile, they go an extra 20 miles.”

“The clerks are all approachable, down to earth and very responsive. They provide a quick turnaround on work. Alex Taylor leads the team. He is applauded for his accessibility, promptness of response and willingness to really get to know all of the people concerned with the many cases they are dealing with.”

“Senior Clerk Alex Taylor leads a professional, slick operation that is very responsive to the needs of its clients.”

“The clerking service has always been reliable and of high quality. Alex Taylor leads a team of people who are always responsive in relation to the instructions given to them.”

Legal 500 2017

“The clerking has always been of the highest calibre.  Alex is a pleasure to deal with.  You can talk business with them. They understand the cost pressures on clients and solicitors – and they also go out of their way to deal with unexpected demands thrown up (inevitably) by big cases.  The junior clerks win plaudits too from my team.”

“Alex Taylor leads a ‘very proactive’ clerks’ room that ‘stands apart in terms of its focus on developing relationships with law firms’. ‘It provides an exceptional service’ and has ‘a good eye for client needs’.”

Chambers and Partners

“Under the leadership of the vastly experienced Alex Taylor the team ‘goes well beyond what you might normally expect.’”
“The clerking team, led by Alex Taylor, is responsive, efficient and attuned to the needs of clients.”
“Alex Taylor’s team of clerks is wonderful. They’re always on time, polite and approachable. The whole set-up is great. You know you’re getting quality from the second you speak to a clerk to the moment you walk out of the trial.”
“The clerking team, which is led by senior clerk Alex Taylor, is extremely responsive. I’ve worked with them for many years, and they always make good recommendations. You can always rely on their advice.”
“What I particularly like about the clerking team, led by Alex Taylor, is the way they get alongside my colleagues here so the client gets the benefit of an integrated team.”
“Alex Taylor and the rest of the clerks are extremely efficient and very responsive.”

The Legal 500

“Senior clerk Alex Taylor is ‘a banjo-thumping superstar’ and ‘an example to all’.”
“They are responsive and you always can trust what they say; they never oversell and know their tenants ’ experience inside out.”