The firm is headed by our Managing Director;
Chris Clark who qualified as a Solicitor in 1979 and obtained Higher Rights of Audience in 2006 enabling him to conduct cases in the Crown Court and Court of Appeal as a Solicitor Advocate. Chris is well-known by the people of Staffordshire and beyond for his expertise in Criminal Defence. Chris has recently welcomed to Eastgate Chambers;
David Houldcroft who qualified as a Solicitor in 1991 with Higher Rights of Audience enabling him to conduct cases in the Crown Court and Court of Appeal as a Solicitor Advocate. He is also a qualified Police Station and Court Duty Solicitor and regularly appears in the magistrates courts.
David is well known across the Midlands with over 25 years of experience in criminal defence work. He has previously been a principal member of his own law firm for a number of years but now focuses on high profile advocacy work, spending most days at Court. David has defended at numerous trials including allegations of rape, historic sexual assault, Dangerous driving, assault, public order, drugs and many more. He has also been led by QC on a five week Murder trial. As our in-house Advocate, David works closely alongside;
Our Door Tenant Barrister Catherine O’Reilly who was called to the bar in 1998.
Catherine has defended in a wide range of criminal cases before the Crown Court. She has over 20 years of experience in cases involving serious violence (including murder), the supply of drugs and theft. In addition Catherine has particular experience in defending those accused of sexual offences. Matters have included allegations of rape, historic offences and young complainants. Catherine has also acted as Junior Counsel in a notable Terrorism case of a female suspected of being a member of ISIS. Catherine is a well-known popular Barrister in Staffordshire and beyond with an additional Tenancy in Stoke-on-Trent as well as Stafford. Well-liked for her personable and down-to-earth yet professional approach, Catherine regularly appears at Crown Courts across the County, the North West and West Midlands.
David Ellis is an experienced Solicitor Director who specialises in Criminal Defence at the Magistrates Court and Police Station. Hailing from Stoke-on-Trent, Dave is another well-known name in Staffordshire who clients trust to represent them. Dave is joined by his wife;
Emma Ellis Solicitor in managing our Magistrates Court and Prison Law teams. Also well known in Staffordshire, Emma is an experienced and dedicated Magistrates Court Defence Solicitor who also specialises in Prison Law matters.
Simon Clark is a Senior Asylum and Immigration Caseworker Supervisor Director accredited by the Law Society in this specialist area of Law. Simon joined the family business in 2013 to replace Chris’ long-standing Crown Court Clerk Leonie who was emigrating. Simon also established the Immigration department within Eastgate Chambers and in 2018 opened a new office with a Legal Aid Contract for Asylum and Immigration clients in North Wales. Appointments are also available with Simon at our Cannock or Stafford offices and he continues to contribute to our Crown Court Department assisting with more complex cases in particular those involving mental health issues, Trials, Proceeds of Crime and Billing.
Our valuable support staff including Beth & Teresa (Stafford), Rebecca (Office Accounts Manager) and Kal (Cannock office) have many years of experience working for Solicitors and are always ready to answer your queries.