Brick Court Chambers

Robert O’Donoghue 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 Committee which oversees 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:

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

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 'very helpful and responsive' in the 2020 edition of Legal 500 and the 2018 edition notes that she is ‘industrious, responsive, friendly and efficient’.

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

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. 

Luke works closely with the Senior Clerks and other Practice Managers, having an active role with 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 negotiations and fixing of Chambers cases in all divisions. Luke is also a member of Chambers Equality and Diversity Committee.  

He "stands out as very commercial and knowledgeable" and "is really good at making sure you get the right barrister for the job" according to client testimonial in the 2020 editions of Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners. Luke has been described in past editions of Legal 500 as "brilliant" and "professional and very easy to deal with".

Luke 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

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’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.

Sam Jones

Sam started his clerking career in 2011 at 3 Verulam Buildings and spent the last 4 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.