James is Deputy Senior Clerk and began his career as a Barristers' Clerk in 1997. He qualified as a member of the Institute of Barristers' Clerks in 2004 having successfully passed the exams with Distinction. James has also achieved the ILM Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management.
James started his career at Francis Taylor Building (the Chambers of N Valios QC) before his move to 2 Harcourt Buildings (Chambers of G Ryan QC), now at Francis Taylor Building.
He is responsible for the smooth and efficient running of Chambers and is involved in all aspects of diary management and regularly fixes hearings in the Supreme Court, High Court and Public Hearings. He deals with business development, diary management and fee negotiation at all levels.
Published comment - Legal 500 2021
"The clerks are always extremely responsive and helpful. I would single out James Kemp for particular praise."
"Always excellent service from the clerks when instructing barristers. Paul Coveney is very approachable. James Kemp also very helpful."
"FTB’s clerks are the best in the business – always very personable and competent. James Kemp and Harry Killick in particular are excellent"
"James Kemp and Adam Collins are first rate clerks, very friendly, always answer the phone. Very polite and responsive."
"First impressions are key and the Clerks office for FTB is always approachable and willing to assist in availability of specific counsel and offering alternative Counsel of equivalent skill and experience."
"The clerking service is excellent. Alone of all the sets I work with the clerks are genuinely part of a client team, maintaining a good understanding of the work being transacted as well as being efficient and accessible when planning the availability of their Counsel. A familiarity with the work and clients of Chambers means that they are receptive to collaborating with law firms in business development and have at times made valuable connections for me."
"Clerking is very efficient. The team are personable and responsive to our needs. One of the better clerking setups."
"The clerks are excellent and I have a great working relation with them. They understand client needs, are very accommodating and take away a lot of stress. They just get things done."
"The clerks are very friendly and pragmatic. They are always very transparent on fees."
"The Clerks provide a quality service and work hard to build a rapport with instructing solicitors."
"Clerks are always very helpful, quick to respond, and ensure counsel is available when required. Good updates offered to instructing counsel, including by webinar during the Coronavirus lockdown."