Joe Ferrigno is Essex Court Chambers’ Senior Clerk.

He has been described as “the best in the businessin the Chambers and Partners 2020 and the leading clerk” who “leads a gold standard clerking team from the front” (Legal 500 2019/2020).

Joe has a detailed knowledge and understanding of the specialist practice areas of each Member of Chambers. He is particularly noted for being “highly efficient, easy to deal with and someone who runs a very slick operation” (Chambers and Partners 2020). The most recent publications say Joe Ferrigno, the senior clerk takes a “modern and business-orientated approach” to clerking Chambers and Partners 2020.

He is described as “highly efficient” (Chambers and Partners 2019); “a class act- very well connected, good to deal with” and a clerk who “always finds a pragmatic, sensible way of resolving any issues” (Legal 500 2019), as Joe “understands the commercial complexities solicitors’ face when instructing counsel” (Legal 500 2016).

Joe is responsible for the strategic management and development of all members’ practice’ at all levels of seniority within Chambers. He is also responsible for the overall clerking of Chambers, in particular the practice management of the senior Queen’s Counsel, this includes fee negotiations, work allocation and practice development.

Furthermore, Joe is responsible for the general administration of Chambers which includes; Clerks, Finance, Marketing, IT, Human Resources, Facilities and secretarial staff. His key responsibilities include; the development and implementation of the chambers’ strategic business plan, the business development and managing client relationships in the UK and worldwide.

Members of Essex Court Chambers are known for their global reach, with barristers travelling across the world to represent clients. This committed international approach means that I regularly visit clients overseas including the Caribbean (BVI, Cayman Islands and Nevis), Bermuda, Geneva, Greece, Singapore, Hong Kong, Middle East, US (New York, Miami and Washington) Russia (Moscow and St. Petersburg).

He is recognised by clients for his responsiveness and adaptability in matching their expectations and requirements. He has a flexible approach to fee negotiation and is happy to discuss fee requirements to suit particular individuals and cases.


  • Legal Practice Managers Association (LPMA)
  • Member of the Russian/CIS Arbitration Network (RCAN)
  • Institute of Barristers Clerks (IBC)
  • British Association for Sport and Law (BASL)
  • London Maritime Arbitrators Association (Supporting Member)

“Leading Clerk.” Legal 500 2019

Senior clerk Joe Ferrigno “recognises fees constraints and is someone who is prepared to think creatively.” Chambers and Partners 2019

“Joe Ferrigno is a fantastic clerk. He is very professional and also very engaging – he is practically working with you to get what the clients need.” Chambers and Partners 2017

“A delight to deal with.” Chambers and Partners 2017

“Top notch and understands the commercial complexities solicitors’ face when instructing counsel.” Legal 500 2016

Joe is described by one instructing solicitor as “the best of the best in the clerking world – he’s someone whose judgement you trust implicitly.” Chambers and Partners 2016

The most effective clerk in the business’; he ‘always delivers’ and ‘really makes the effort to learn what individual solicitors need from a clerking team.” Legal 500 2015

Joe Ferrigno is ‘very astute at matching the particular requirements of a case to the right barrister’ and, for some, is ‘the most effective clerk in the business’; he ‘always delivers’ and ‘really makes the effort to learn what individual solicitors need from a clerking team” Legal 500 2015