People

Clerks


The clerks’ room is integral to the continued success of Brick Court Chambers.

Our clerks are knowledgeable, proactive and efficient. They have detailed understanding of the many courts and tribunals in which we practise. We have an open and flexible approach to fee negotiations.

Our joint senior clerks are Paul Dennison and Tony Burgess, who were appointed in 2018.

To ensure detailed knowledge of members of chambers’ practices, the clerks at Brick Court Chambers are divided into teams. However, all of our clerks will be very comfortable discussing the practice of any member of chambers.

Individual contact details are below.  Should you need to contact us urgently out of hours, clerks@brickcourt.co.uk will alert all clerks to your query.

 

  • "A set that is singled out for its “first rate” clerking and “client service-oriented, commercial approach.”"

    - Chambers & Partners 2017

  • “extremely efficient and keen to assist and respond immediate to queries or requests”

    - Chambers & Partners 2017

  • “organised, helpful and a flawless operation overall.”

    - Chambers & Partners 2017

  • “They get to know you as a client and recommend people who will be a good fit”

    - Chambers & Partners 2017

  • “transparent about availability and strike the right balance between making people available and not over selling people who are too busy.”

    - Chambers & Partners 2017

  • The clerks are noted for being forward thinking, as exemplified by one source who says “they've adapted to the post-Jackson world and they h

    - Chambers & Partners 2017

  • "Their clerking team really stands out."

    - Chambers & Partners 2015

  • "Their clerks are very responsive, prompt and approachable. The service there is excellent."

    - Chambers & Partners 2015

  • "Their clerks are user-friendly, and take a helpful approach. They are also very modern in their dealings with solicitors."

    - Chambers & Partners 2015

  • "when my favourite counsel aren't available, the clerks recommend someone different and then I have a new favourite."

    - Chambers & Partners 2015

  • "They're absolutely supportive and highly professional."

    - Chambers & Partners 2015

  • "Superb on clerking. They are fantastically responsive."

    - Chambers & Partners 2015

  • “providing a service that ‘is so good it is like visiting a five-star hotel.’”

    - Chambers & Partners 2014

  • “The clerks are exceptionally responsive and commercial”

    - Chambers & Partners 2014

  • “The clerks are sharp and have their finger on the pulse.”

    - Chambers & Partners 2014

  • “‘honest and upfront; they will tell you if the timescale you put forward is not feasible.’”

    - Chambers & Partners 2013

  • “Client sources enjoy working with a set where barristers and clerks combine to ensure ‘that they are simply really easy to deal with.’”

    - Chambers & Partners 2013

  • “Always straightforward in terms of availability and fees, they just offer a great service.”

    - Chambers & Partners 2013

  • “The support of a ‘wonderfully user-friendly and proactive’ group of clerks is also underlined by clients.”

    - Chambers & Partners 2012


Senior Clerks

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Julian Hawes - Director of Clerking

Tel: 020 7520 9803
julian.hawes@brickcourt.co.uk

Julian Hawes has over 20 years’ experience in Brick Court Chambers. In that time he has been a constant member of the Executive Committee that deals with chambers’ strategy, and runs a diary that covers a full spectrum of seniority among members of chambers and chambers’ business.  Julian takes pride in the fact that members of chambers and clerks combine to ensure “that they are simply really easy to deal with” (Chambers & Partners 2013).


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Paul Dennison - Joint Senior Clerk

Tel: 020 7520 9808
paul.dennison@brickcourt.co.uk

Paul joined Brick Court Chambers in 2007, having previously been at Blackstone Chambers for ten years. Paul was appointed senior clerk in August 2018.

Alongside Tony Burgess, Paul leads the clerking team and manages and develops the practices of members of Chambers. In addition to day-to-day responsibility for individual practices, Paul focuses on client relationships, business development and the promotion of chambers both domestically and internationally.

He is a member of Chambers’ Executive and Marketing Committees, which oversee all aspects of Chambers business and strategic development.

Paul is a member of the Institute of Barristers’ Clerks, the International Bar Association and is described in the legal directories as “brilliant” (Chambers and Partners), “first class” and  someone who “gets things sorted and is particularly well connected with the courts" (Legal 500). Paul and Tony are also praised for being “honest in their appraisals of particular barristers; you always respect their suggestions” (Legal 500).


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Tony Burgess - Joint Senior Clerk

Tel: 020 7520 9816
tony.burgess@brickcourt.co.uk

Tony Burgess joined Brick Court Chambers from Monckton Chambers in 2012, and in 2018 was appointed to Joint Senior Clerk. Tony’s main responsibilities include the management and development of all practices in Chambers and the smooth running of the clerks’ room.  Tony works closely with Paul Dennison  on marketing initiatives and client relations both domestically and internationally.


Clerks

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Kate Trott

Tel: 020 7520 9813
kate.trott@brickcourt.co.uk

Kate is the clerk for the mediators and arbitrators.  Since joining Chambers in 2003 she has worked with the clerking teams across all areas of practice, before taking on primary responsibility for mediators and arbitrators in 2014.


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Luke Carvalho

Tel: 020 7520 9805
luke.carvalho@brickcourt.co.uk

Luke Carvalho is a clerk in Tony's team. He joined chambers in 2014. Luke’s main responsibilities include liaising with clients to advise on the suitability and availability of counsel, practice development, fee negotiations and listing.


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Will Jackman

Will Jackman

Tel: 020 7520 9815
will.jackman@brickcourt.co.uk

Will joined Brick Court Chambers as a Practice Manager in 2018, having previously been Senior Practice Manager at Devereux Chambers and prior to that a clerk at Fountain Court Chambers.

His responsibilities include working alongside the Senior Clerks in developing and maintaining client relationships, developing members’ practices and helping to ensure the smooth running of the clerks’ room. Will graduated in 2005 from Southampton University in Politics and International Relations.


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Jo Francis

Tel: 020 7520 9823
jo.francis@brickcourt.co.uk

Jo is a clerk in Tony's team and joined chambers in 2014, following three years as a Practice Assistant at Matrix Chambers.


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Philip Wilkes

Tel: 020 7520 9814
philip.wilkes@brickcourt.co.uk

Philip joined chambers in January 2015 and is a member of Paul’s clerking team. Philip’s main responsibilities include diary management, allocation of work, fee negotiation and listing of cases.


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Jess Edson

Jess Edson

Tel: 020 7520 9806
jess.edson@brickcourt.co.uk

Jessica joined Brick Court in 2018 from Keating Chambers where she started in 2013.

Jess has a BA in Business Administration from the University of Greenwich, completed a Public Access Training Course in 2014 and most recently achieved the BTEC Level 3 Advanced Award in Chambers Administration in 2017. She is also a member of the Institute of Barristers' Clerks.


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Olivia Cannon

Olivia Cannon

Tel: 020 7520 9817
olivia.cannon@brickcourt.co.uk

Olivia joined Brick Court Chambers in 2014, becoming Head Junior Clerk.  She then clerked the mediators and arbitrators from 2016, and in 2018 joined Tony’s clerking team. Olivia’s responsibilities include diary management, case fixing and fee negotiation.


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James Knapp

James Knapp

Tel: 020 7520 9807
james.knapp@brickcourt.co.uk

James began his clerking career in 2014 at Furnival Chambers and he joined Brick Court Chambers in 2016, becoming Head Junior Clerk before joining Paul’s clerking team. His main responsibilities include case fixing, fee negotiation and diary management. James has completed the IBC's Advanced Award in Chambers Administration for Barristers' Clerks.


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Demi Robinson

Demi Robinson

Tel: 020 7520 9818
demi.robinson@brickcourt.co.uk

Demi joined Brick Court Chambers in 2017 as a Junior Clerk, and moved to assisting Kate with the clerking of the arbitrators and mediators in August 2018.


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