Brick Court Chambers

Aidan Robertson QC's Clerking Team

Senior Clerk

Tony Burgess

Tony Burgess

Tony joined Brick Court Chambers in 2012, having previously been the Deputy Senior Clerk at Monckton Chambers, and was appointed Senior Clerk in 2018.

Along with Paul Dennison, Tony leads the clerking team and manages and develops the practices of members of chambers. Tony has a detailed knowledge of all members’ practices and the areas of law in which Brick Court operates. In addition to day to day responsibility for the individual practices, Tony focuses on client relationships, business development and the promotion of chambers both in the UK and abroad.

He is a member of chambers’ executive and marketing committees which oversee all aspects of chambers' business and strategic development.

Tony is a member of the Institute of Barristers’ Clerks, the International Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

Client feedback includes:

“Tony Burgess is a very effective clerk.” Banking – C&P 2021

"Senior clerk Tony Burgess is marvellous..." CDR – C&P 2021

"Tony Burgess is really good to deal with – he's pragmatic and friendly." Competition – C&P 2021

"Tony Burgess, joint senior clerk, is really good and he is tuned in to what people are thinking." Energy – C&P 2021

“I would single out Tony Burgess who is just brilliant at providing the responsive support we need." L500 2021

“Both Tony and Paul as head clerks do an excellent job – very commercial in their approach and always at the end of the phone.” L500 2021

“Tony Burgess is a pleasure to work with.” L500 2021

“Tony Burgess is brilliant.” L500 2021

The clerks’ room "sets the benchmark" for other sets with its "friendly, knowledgeable, and hardworking" clerks. Senior clerks Paul Dennison ("first rate; responsive, commercial, and helpful") and Tony Burgess ("highly recommended; a good salesman for his set and always accessible") have ‘stepped up brilliantly "following changes to the clerks’ room"; "they are a pleasure to work with". Legal 500 2020

Tony Burgess, who leads the clerking alongside Paul Dennison, is found to be "always responsive and helpful". Chambers & Partners 2020

"Tony Burgess is really approachable and will just drop everything to help you." Chambers & Partners 2020

For out of hours requests please contact Tony via his mobile phone: +44 (0)7984 521141

Practice Managers

Luke Carvalho

Luke began his career as a barristers’ clerk in 1999 at 1 Mitre Court Buildings (now 1 Hare Court), joining Brick Court Chambers in 2014. As a Practice Manager he is responsible for the management and development of barristers’ practices at all levels of seniority. 

Working closely with the senior clerks, the other practice managers and the marketing team, Luke has an active role in both domestic and international marketing initiatives, focusing on client relationships and business development. Other responsibilities include liaising with and advising clients on the suitability and availability of counsel, fee negotiation and fixing of cases in all divisions. 

Client feedback from the 2021 edition of Legal 500 includes:

"Luke Carvalho and Tony Burgess are excellent – approachable, friendly, pragmatic, commercial, fast to respond."

"Luke is particularly easy to deal with and has world-class client care and understanding. I would single out Luke who is my ‘go-to’ person in chambers."

He has been described in past editions of Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners as "brilliant", "professional and very easy to deal with", "stands out as very commercial and knowledgeable" and "is really good at making sure you get the right barrister for the job".

Luke is a member of chambers' equality and diversity committee and is a member of the Institute of Barristers’ Clerks.

For out of hours requests please contact Luke via his mobile phone: +44 (0)7956 347014

Jo Francis

Having graduated from King’s College London in 2008 in English Language & Communication, Jo joined a law firm specialising in criminal defence work before becoming a clerk at Matrix Chambers in 2010. Jo joined Brick Court Chambers in 2014 and her responsibilities include liaising with clients regarding the availability and suitability of counsel, negotiating fees, and working with the senior clerks and other practice managers on marketing and business development matters.

Jo is described by clients as ‘simply superb’ and ‘an excellent communicator’ in the 2021 edition of Legal 500, and as a 'brilliant clerk’ in the 2021 edition of Chambers & Partners.

For out of hours requests please contact Jo via her mobile phone: +44 (0)7730 800562

Assistant Clerks

Sam Jones

Sam started his clerking career in 2011 at 3 Verulam Buildings and then spent four years at New Square Chambers, before joining Brick Court in 2018.

Sam’s main responsibilities include fee negotiation, case fixing, diary management and assisting with the overall development of members’ practices.

Olivia Cannon

Olivia joined Brick Court in 2014 as a junior clerk, before becoming the Head Junior in early 2016.  Olivia has clerked the mediators and arbitrators since late 2016, and in 2018 joined Tony Burgess’s clerking team as an assistant clerk. Olivia’s main responsibilities include diary management and the fixing of cases as well as attending chambers’ events.