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Clerks and support staff

Our experienced criminal defence clerks accept instructions for our advocates. They have an in-depth knowledge of the criminal justice system.

Meet the clerks

We can accept instructions from any firm of solicitors in England and Wales for any client qualifying for criminal legal aid.

Robin Driscoll, Senior Clerk, Advocacy Team

Robin began his career as a Junior Clerk at 2 Paper Buildings (2PB) in the Inner Temple (London) in the 1970’s. He soon became First Junior Clerk and then Senior Clerk with Desmond de Silva who went onto to become The Rt Hon Sir Desmond de Silva QC. Together, turning 2PB into one of the leading Criminal Chambers of England and Wales. 

Robin takes great pride in the number of barristers he has clerked over the years who have gone onto become Queen’s Counsel, King’s Counsel, Recorders, Judges and High Court Judges. Robin also had the great pleasure of clerking “Judge Rinder” when he was a mere mortal. 

Robin joined the PDS in 2015 and leads the clerking team. He brings with him a wealth of experience when it comes to providing suitable Counsel for all types of cases and is always on hand to provide advice on such matters. Robin appreciates the need for building and maintaining existing and new client relationships and is committed to providing a first-class service. He will do everything he can to find a solution to any problem you might have.

Robin is very approachable and would welcome a call from you 0203-334-4253/6163 or email him on 

Outside of work, Robin is an avid Chelsea fan, loves fishing and spending time in his garden. 

Charlotte Forey, Junior Clerk, Advocacy Team

Charlotte supports Robin with clerk duties helping to recommend the best criminal defence barrister or solicitor advocate to defend your case.

Contact our clerks

If you have a problem, call our clerks to find the right advocate for your case.

Contact our clerks