Brick Court Chambers

Our People

The clerks’ room ‘sets the benchmark’ for other sets with its ‘friendly, knowledgeable, and hardworking’ clerks.
The Legal 500 2020
'the clerks' room is easy to deal with and highly commercial'
The Legal 500 2020
Overall, the team is said to be ‘highly responsive, proactive in assisting the smooth running of cases, and always willing to assist in document production, arranging meetings, document filings, and assisting in complex cost and budgeting issues’.
The Legal 500 2020
'the service from the clerking team is second to none'
The Legal 500 2020
The ‘slick’ and ‘proactive’ clerking team is ‘top class, straightforward, transparent’ and ‘very good at developing and promoting the qualities of their juniors’.
The Legal 500 2019
‘One doesn’t often notice a significant difference between the clerking teams of major sets of chambers; but Brick Court is unmatched.’
The Legal 500 2019
"The chambers is commended for its clerks, who are ‘responsive, knowledgeable and always happy to help’."
The Legal 500 2019
The ‘commercial and approachable’ clerks are ‘very-service minded, very responsive and deserve accolade’.
The Legal 500 2017
“A set that is singled out for its “first rate” clerking and “client service oriented, commercial approach.”

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.

Senior Clerks

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

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

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

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.

Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners testimonials include:

  • 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

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

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

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 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

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.

Legal 500 2021:

James Knapp is always very responsive.

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.

Ana Martins

Ana was an assistant practice manager at Landmark Chambers for over two years before joining Brick Court in June 2021.  She has key input in developing the junior members’ practices, diary management,  work allocation, fees negotiation, as well as business development and client relationship management.

Clerks to the Arbitrators and Mediators

Kate Trott

Since joining Brick Court Chambers in 2003, Kate has worked with the clerking teams and members of chambers across all areas of practice. In 2014, having already clerked many of the mediators and arbitrators, she became primarily responsible for the promotion and expansion of these practice areas and for members accepting appointments either as a mediator or arbitrator. Her expertise covers the particular and separate needs and requirements of barristers and of those appointing them in these areas. She runs a team of five full-time mediators and 11 senior arbitrators.

Additionally, Kate was responsible for Lord Anderson KBE QC during his six years as the government's Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation and continues to clerk him now he has returned to full time practice.

Anisa Noorjahan

Anisa started her clerking career at Henderson Chambers in 2018 after graduating with an International Politics degree at City University. Anisa joined Brick Court Chambers in 2018 as a junior clerk and then progressed to Kate Trott’s team, where she assists with clerking the arbitrators and mediators.

Junior Clerks