Brick Court Chambers

Clerking Team

Simon Birt QC's Clerking Team

Senior Clerk

Paul Dennison

Paul Dennison

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

Paul leads the clerking team with Tony Burgess, and oversees and strengthens members of chambers' practices. As well as this responsibility for individuals, Paul concentrates on business development with clients, and domestic and international marketing of chambers.

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 and the International Bar Association.

Client feedback includes:

Paul Dennison and Tony Burgess lead a "strong clerking team which is very friendly". Admin & Public C&P 2021

"Joint senior clerk Paul Dennison is extremely quick to respond and very user-friendly." CDR C&P 2021 

"The clerking service is excellent and Paul Dennison, joint senior clerk, deserves praise." Energy C&P 2021

"Paul Dennison is first-class and really on top of his game." Fraud Civil C&P 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

"Always friendly and approachable at all levels of seniority. I have always been impressed by Paul Dennison." L500 2021

"Their clerks' room is headed by the brilliant Paul Dennison, who is always frank, helpful and thoroughly professional. They are very clear on fees and in my experience willing to be pragmatic to support the client." L500 2021

"First class service – Paul Dennison impresses with his responsiveness." L500 2021.

"Paul Dennison is at the top of his game. Commercial, knowledgeable and user-friendly. Pleasure to work with." L500 2021.

"Paul and Tony are first rate." L500 2021

For out of hours requests please contact Paul via his mobile phone: +44 (0)7930 532991

Practice Managers

Philip Wilkes

Philip began his clerking career in 2010, before moving to Brick Court Chambers in early 2015, becoming a practice manager in the summer of 2018. Philip has responsibility of managing the individual practices of barristers across all seniorities within chambers, and having an active role within chambers’ marketing and business development initiatives. In addition to this other responsibilities include advising clients as to the suitability and expertise of counsel, fee negotiation for all members, and listing of cases in all divisions of chambers’ key practice areas.

Client feedback includes:

"Philip Wilkes was incredibly helpful in both the initial selection of leading counsel and in arranging work throughout."

"Efficient, helpful and pragmatic – Phil Wilkes in particular shines."

"The clerks are great. In particular, I am a big fan of Paul Dennison. Tony Burgess and Philip Wilkes are also great."

"Philip Wilkes has been helpful throughout."

Legal 500 2022

“The clerking is excellent. Practice manager Phil Wilkes is very helpful and prompt and Paul Dennison is super."

Chambers and Partners 2022

For out of hours requests please contact Philip via his mobile phone: +44 (0)7939 509873

Will Jackman

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

He works closely with the Senior Clerks in the running of the clerks’ room, alongside having a key role in business development and managing client relationships on behalf of chambers, both domestically and internationally. In addition to this, his responsibilities include liaising with instructing solicitors and other clients on the availability and expertise of counsel, the negotiation of fees and both the practice development and diary management on behalf of individual barristers.

Will graduated in 2005 from Southampton University with a BSc in Politics and International Relations.

Client feedback includes:

"Will Jackman is a very competent clerk, quick and effective communication and diary management and very fair/reasonable on fee estimates and fixed/capped fee proposals." Commercial Litigation, Legal 500 2022.

"Will Jackman is a real standout – very proactive and commercial." Fraud: Civil / Energy Legal 500 2022.

"Practice manager Will Jackman and joint senior clerk Paul Dennison are both excellent, likeable and responsive." Insurance and Reinsurance, Legal 500 2022.

For out of hours requests please contact Will via his mobile phone: +44 (0)7538 522666

James Knapp

James began his career in 2014 and joined Brick Court in 2016 as a junior clerk. He became Head Junior and subsequently progressed to Paul Dennison’s clerking team in 2018. His main responsibilities include; diary management, allocation of work, fee negotiation, and working alongside colleagues on chambers marketing and business development initiatives.

James has completed the IBC's BTEC Level 3 Advanced Award in Chambers Administration and previously sat as the Chair of the Career Development Committee of the IBC.

Client feedback includes:

"James Knapp is always very responsive." 

Legal 500 2022