After successfully heading up the Family Team as the Practice Manager since 2014, Sumaya transferred to the Revenue Control Team in 2019 which she jointly heads.
This includes working with the team and barristers to create and implement best practices and procedures to improve chamber’s billing processes and includes the joint day to day management of the team.
The Legal 500 (2017) noted:
Family Practice Manager Sumaya Gilmore is "very helpful and responsive"
The Legal 500 (2018) noted:
The family clerks, comprising practice manager Sumaya Gilmore... are "exceptionally experienced and helpful. They know the solicitors in the field and have a deft understanding of the expertise required for even the most complex cases."
Sumaya has extensive experience in the legal administration sector and has been clerking for over 20 years.
Before joining Garden Court Chambers, she worked at Tooks Chambers dealing with all aspects of members civil practices including billing and prior to that she was Co-Senior Clerk at a provincial set of some 45 members with primary responsibility for family and civil work including billing and credit control.
Before becoming a barrister’s clerk, she worked in the Court Service for seven years primarily dealing with listings in all areas (crime, civil and family) and judges’ clerking.
In addition, Sumaya has also worked with Brighton Housing Trust Advice as the Interim Senior Manager on a short term contract which assisted the Advice Centre in managing the changes following LASPO. Sumaya was formerly a Member of the Board for Brighton Housing Trust prior to working there.