Brick Court Chambers

James McClelland 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

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.

Client feedback includes:

"The clerks at Brick Court are in my experience the best at the bar. Responsive, helpful and easy to deal with. Individuals I would single out in this regard are Tony Burgess and Sam Jones." 

Legal 500 2022

Luke Carvalho

Luke began his career as a barristers’ clerk in 1999, joining Brick Court Chambers in 2014. 

As a Practice Manager he is responsible for the management, development and success of both individual barrister practices and Chambers as a whole. Working closely with the Senior Clerks, the Practice Managers, the Marketing team and Chambers various committees’, Luke has an active role with both domestic and international business development, focusing on building and maintaining client relationships. Other responsibilities include all functions of day-to-day diary management and fee negotiation, through to the listing requirements of cases within all relevant court divisions.

Luke has been a member of chambers' Equality and Diversity committee since 2018, has previously been nominated at the national Bar Pro Bono awards for the Pro Bono Chambers’ Professional of the Year award and is a member of the Institute of Barristers’ Clerks.

Client feedback includes:

"Luke Carvalho is exactly what you want in a clerk: responsive, knowledgeable - excellent all round."

"Luke Carvalho is very responsive and makes sure that clients are kept up to date with the counsel."

"Luke Carvalho and Tony Burgess are the clerks / Practice Managers with whom I communicate most at Brick Court. The clerking team is super responsive and a pleasure to deal with. This level of client service is difficult to come by!"

"The clerks were very helpful (particularly Luke Carvalho), and they never promised something they could not deliver."

"Luke is particularly easy to deal with and has world-class client care and understanding."

"Luke Carvalho is excellent – approachable, friendly, pragmatic, commercial, fast to respond."

"Luke Carvalho is lovely to deal with, prompt to respond and practical in his approach."

"We have in particular been impressed by the professionalism of and assistance provided by Luke Carvalho."

"Excellent clerking, very responsive. Know the barristers well. I would single out Luke who is my ‘go-to’ person in Chambers."

"The clerks always have excellent suggestions for who to instruct. Luke Carvalho is particularly helpful and responsive."

"Luke Carvalho in the clerking team is really good at making sure you get the right barrister for the job."

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.

Client feedback includes:

"Jo Francis is very client focused and helpful, provides a very good and prompt service and is a pleasure to work with.:

"The clerks’ service at Brick Court is excellent. Jo Francis in particular is a star – responsive, candid about availability and strengths of the legal practitioners, and reasonable in brief fee negotiations. That latter point really sets Brick Court apart for me – other chambers can take an unreasonable initial stance in negotiating."

"Jo Francis is a great clerk. She is professional and extremely helpful all the time."

"Very professional and effective. Jo Francis particularly stands out."

"Great service. Jo Francis is amazing and always helpful."

"Jo Francis is very good."

Legal 500 2022

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

Assistant Clerks

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.