Michael Lay

"The head clerk is the hugely experienced and well-respected Steve McCrone who is ably assisted by joint first junior clerks' Michael Lay and Daniel Barnett; ‘they bend over backwards to help, providing a service that is second to none and outshine all other clerking teams.'

Legal 500 2020


First Junior Clerk

Mike’s career started at the Law Society in 1988; he went on to Clerk at 4-5 Grays Inn Square and family law set 4 Paper Buildings. He joined 1 Hare Court (Then 1 Mitre Court Buildings) in 2001 as First Junior Clerk.

Together with his colleagues, he is responsible for the management and development of the Barristers practices. He has the day to day overall responsibility for negotiating and billing the Barristers work, assigning cases and diary management, as well as assisting with other aspects of Chambers Management.

Outside of work Mike’s family keeps him busy, he also enjoys playing Ice Hockey, skiing and keeping fit generally. He holds a season ticket at Arsenal F.C.


Qualified member of the Institute of Barristers Clerks (1992)