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Professional: Jo Pickersgill BA (Hons) is the founder of Practical Chambers Consultancy. She is an independent consultant with over 19 years experience in Barristers’ Chambers. Jo began her career working in the Crown Prosecution Service as a caseworker in the Crown Court prior to becoming a Management Consultant at CPS Headquarters in London where she was responsible for reviewing the efficiency and cost effectiveness of systems and operations in CPS offices in England and Wales. Jo left the CPS in 1991 to join 36 Bedford Row in London as a clerk. She returned to her home county of Yorkshire in 2000 joining York Chambers as the Senior Criminal Clerk. In 2001 she joined KBW Chambers as the Senior Clerk and in 2006 left to join Park Court Chambers where she remained for 5 years.
She has over 19 years of clerking and senior management level experience. As a Senior Clerk she efficiently managed the development of Chambers and the practices of its members. She maintained and increased the client base for Chambers with an emphasis on marketing and practice development. She took full responsibility for the organisation and management of the clerk’s room with an emphasis on developing systems and controls. She also took full responsibility for the financial and administration of chambers including dealing with the accreditation for Bar Mark and for the LSC.
Qualifications: She has recently completed her BA (Hons) in English Literature and Art History after studying for 6 years part time with the Open University.
Professional membership: Institute of Barrister’s Clerks.
Personal: Jo is married and lives in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. She is an enthusiastic 10k runner and a regular at her local gym. She has a passion for literature and art, spending lots of her spare time visiting galleries and exhibitions. She bought a Nikon D80 and took up photography several years ago. She is a keen supporter of Leeds United FC and Castleford Tigers RLFC. She spends most weekends outdoors walking in the Yorkshire Dales. Her ideal day would be a long walk in the Dales and a pint at the local pub.