Clerks and Staff
As Senior Clerk at FTB Paul is responsible for the practice management of all members and chambers as a whole, including administration and business development.
Paul started his clerking career in 1985, previously the Senior Clerk at specialist shipping law set Stone Chambers, and prior to that worked at civil law sets Strand Chambers and 2 Serjeant’s Inn.
In 2003 Paul successfully completed a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) at City University’s Cass Business school.
He is a member of the Institute of Barristers’ Clerks and the Legal Practice Management Association.
Paul was recently inverviewed about his role as a Senior Clerk by Counsel Magazine.
The article can be viewed here
Chambers and Partners 2016
'Francis Taylor Building is singled out by sources for the “fantastic client service provided by the clerks.” “They are effective and responsive and understand the expectations of the solicitors,” and “clients love them,” report instructing solicitors'.
"The clerks, led by Paul Coveney, are very helpful, very easy to liaise with and very easy to get hold of".
'Senior Clerk Paul Coveney heads up the clerking team at the set and is lauded for being "conscientious"...'He is supported by a "very well run and very personable team, who always give you their full attention".'
"The clerks led by Paul Coveney are conscientious and follow things up efficiently"... "I get the impression that they really want to build relationships."
Andrew has been in Chambers for 30 years. He started clerking at 22 Old Buildings (now Atkins Chambers) in the mid-eighties before moving to FTB (then at 2 Harcourt Buildings).
He is a team leader, and clerks amongst others, the Head of Chambers and former Head of Chambers. Andrew has an in depth knowledge of Chambers practice areas and is able to assist clients in making sure that clients instruct the right barrister for their case.
He is a member of the Institute of Barristers’ Clerks and the Legal Practice Management Association and is qualified to deal with Public Access clients.
James is a Principal Clerk and began his career as a Barristers' Clerk in 1997. He qualified as a member of the Institute of Barristers' Clerks in 2004 having successfully passed the exams with Distinction. James has also achieved the ILM Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management.
James started his career at Francis Taylor Building (the Chambers of N Valios QC) before his move to 2 Harcourt Buildings (Chambers of G Ryan QC), now at Francis Taylor Building.
He is responsible for the smooth and efficient running of Chambers and is involved in all aspects of diary management and regularly fixes hearings in the Supreme Court, High Court and Public Hearings. He deals with business development, diary management and fee negotiation at all levels.
James is clerk to Chambers’ Kyffin Club.
Chambers and Partners 2016
'This [clerking] team includes the "very straight talking" James Kemp who [will] "come back to you very quickly, and [is] always willing to juggle diaries to squeeze you in at the 11th hour".'
Tom has over 10 years clerking experience gained in specialist and common law sets of chambers.
As a Principal Clerk, Tom is responsible for the management and development of the practices of the barristers within his team. His daily duties include undertaking the acceptance and distribution of work, diary management and fee negotiation.
Tom has completed a diploma in Leadership and Management and has also completed the Bar Council's Public Access training course.
'This [clerking] team includes the "very straight talking" Tom Rook who [will] "come back to you very quickly, and [is] always willing to juggle diaries to squeeze you in at the 11th hour".'
Harry joined Francis Taylor Building in September 2015 after 5 years at 11 Stone Buildings . Harry is involved in all aspects of diary management, including fixing cases within the High Court, and fee negotiation.
Harry undertook the Public Access Training course with the Bar Council in February 2016, allowing him to liaise and work with Public Access clients.
Adam joined Francis Taylor Building in June 2016 having previously gained 8 years clerking experience at two other specialist sets. Adam assists Andrew Briton clerking the members within his team, where he is responsible for the management and development of all aspects of their practices, including diary management, fee negotiation, listing and managing client relationships.
Outside of chambers when his twin daughters aren’t keeping him busy, he is a keen golfer and rugby player.
Billy joined Francis Taylor Building in March 2017 after gaining 5 years clerking experience at 2 Hare court. Billy is involved in all areas of practice management, including accepting new instructions, distributing work throughout chambers helping members develop their practice. Billy assists Principal clerk, Tom Rook, in the management and development of their team.
One of the Junior Clerks, Brandon has been at FTB since 2016.
Brandon assists all Clerks and staff with various matters.
Having previously worked in the client service industry, Vicki joined FTB in March 2009 having spent the preceding 5 years working first at 199 Strand and then 3-4 South Square in a similar capacity.
Vicki's responsibilities include the non-clerking finance, administration and facilities management of Chambers and she is a member of the LPMA.
Deirdre joined FTB in 2012 as Marketing Manager.
She has more than 15 years’ professional services marketing experience largely gained in the legal sector.
Deirdre is responsible for the delivery of Chambers’ programme of marketing activities and communications.
After six years with the Executive Offices Group as a Receptionist, Erja joined FTB early in 2012. As well as taking care of the Reception in Chambers, Erja looks after the meeting rooms and assists in all things admin and facilities. She also act as a PA for the Senior Clerk, Paul Coveney. Originally from Finland, she has made a home in London for over 25 years and enjoys the vibrant rock music scene here.