Toby has 30 years’ experience as a clerk and has been at 3 Hare Court as First Junior for 20 of those years.

Toby has responsibility for the day to day running of the clerk’s room, diary management, fee negotiation and assisting James in the development of members practices, marketing strategy and maintaining client relationships.

Outside of work, Toby enjoys spending time with family and friends, walking his dogs and driving his classic car.

‘James Donovan, Simon Hamilton and Toby Eales are very helpful with counsel bookings and availability of suitable counsel and they know their barristers well.’

Legal 500 2023

The clerks have delivered an excellent service over the years – nothing is too much trouble. Toby Eales and James Donovan are class acts and the whole team has benefitted from their leadership.’

Legal 500 2023

‘The clerks’ room is excellent – Toby Eales goes out of his way to help.’

Legal 500 2022

‘Toby Eales is superb.’

Legal 500 2022

‘Clerks are very responsive and commercial – special mention to Toby Eales and James Donovan.‘

Legal 500 2022

Excellent clerks – particularly Toby Eales and James Donovan who are extremely helpful and try to be extremely accommodating.

Legal 500 - 2021

The clerks have always been approachable, reasonable and accommodating. I have liaised with a number of clerks in Chambers, in particular Toby and Simon, and am grateful to them for their infallible determination to assist us with our cases.

Legal 500 - 2021

The clerking team led by James are amongst the best in the business. They are helpful, accommodating and sensible on fees. All of the clerks have a good knowledge of the work undertaken by Chambers to help place cases and agree fees quickly.

Legal 500 - 2021

‘commendable’ first junior Toby Eales, whose service to solicitors ‘cannot be faulted’.

Legal 500 2018

First junior Toby Eales ‘does everything he can to help instructing solicitors’ and is ‘knowledgeable about the strengths and weaknesses of his barristers’

Legal 500 2019

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