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Michael comes from a family who have traditionally clerked barristers. He joined Hailsham Chambers (then known as 4 Paper Buildings) as First Junior Clerk in 1982 and has been instrumental in the development of Chambers over a 30+ year period.
In his role as Deputy Senior Clerk, Michael is responsible for the day-to-day management and administration of the clerking team and for Hailsham’s information systems and security. Michael is involved in Chambers’ business development activities and takes pride in mentoring junior clerks.
Michael consistently receives praise in the legal directories for the quality of the service he provides:
“The clerks are always very good. We deal mostly with Michael Kilbey, who is responsive and friendly.”
Chambers UK 2022
“Michael Kilbey responds promptly to correspondence and is pleasant to deal with.” “Michael Kilbey is always available and bends over backwards to accommodate.”
“Stephen Smith, Michael Kilbey and Stuart Paley are all excellent clerks.” “I would single out Michael Kilbey and Stuart Paley as two excellent clerks, for whom nothing is ever too much trouble and who go out of their way to assist.”
“Stephen Smith and Michael Kilbey are outstanding in their mastery of clerking.” “Michael Kilbey is excellent.” “Michael Kilbey is a consummate professional.”
Legal 500 2022
Chambers UK 2020 states that he is “fantastic” whilst Legal 500 2017 described him as “extremely helpful and always able to recognise the nature of a claim” and Chambers & Partners 2017 as “very commercial”.
Michael is a member of the Institute of Barristers’ Clerks (IBC).