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Paul Coveney

Senior Clerk
DDI: 020 7427 1847
paul.coveney@ftbchambers.co.uk
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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

Published commentary - Legal 500 2021

"Very good clerking service, Paul Coveney is extremely professional and runs matters for well. All the clerks provide a good service."

"Clerks all very helpful and quick to respond, in particular senior clerk Paul Coveney."

"Always excellent service from the clerks when instructing barristers. Paul Coveney is very approachable. James Kemp also very helpful."

"First impressions are key and the Clerks' office foAlways excellent service from the clerks when instructing barristers. Paul Coveney is very approachable. James Kemp also very helpful.r FTB is always approachable and willing to assist in availability of specific counsel and offering alternative Counsel of equivalent skill and experience."

"Clerking is very efficient. The team are personable and responsive to our needs. One of the better clerking setups."

"The clerking service is excellent. Alone of all the sets I work with the clerks are genuinely part of a client team, maintaining a good understanding of the work being transacted as well as being efficient and accessible when planning the availability of their Counsel. A familiarity with the work and clients of Chambers means that they are receptive to collaborating with law firms in business development and have at times made valuable connections for me."

"The clerks are excellent and I have a great working relation with them. They understand client needs, are very accommodating and take away a lot of stress. They just get things done."

"The clerks are very friendly and pragmatic. They are always very transparent on fees."

"The Clerks provide a quality service and work hard to build a rapport with instructing solicitors."

"Clerks are always very helpful, quick to respond, and ensure counsel is available when required. Good updates offered to instructing counsel, including by webinar during the Coronavirus lockdown."

Client Service Set of the Year, Chambers and Partners Bar Awards 2015
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James Kemp

Deputy Senior Clerk - Team Leader
DDI: 020 7427 1846
james.kemp@ftbchambers.co.uk
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James is Deputy Senior 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. 

Published comment - Legal 500 2021

"The clerks are always extremely responsive and helpful. I would single out James Kemp for particular praise."

"Always excellent service from the clerks when instructing barristers. Paul Coveney is very approachable. James Kemp also very helpful."

"FTB’s clerks are the best in the business – always very personable and competent. James Kemp and Harry Killick in particular are excellent"

"James Kemp, Adam Collins and Billy Brett all first rate clerk, very friendly, always answer the phone. Very polite and responsive."

"First impressions are key and the Clerks office for FTB is always approachable and willing to assist in availability of specific counsel and offering alternative Counsel of equivalent skill and experience."

"The clerking service is excellent. Alone of all the sets I work with the clerks are genuinely part of a client team, maintaining a good understanding of the work being transacted as well as being efficient and accessible when planning the availability of their Counsel. A familiarity with the work and clients of Chambers means that they are receptive to collaborating with law firms in business development and have at times made valuable connections for me."

"Clerking is very efficient. The team are personable and responsive to our needs. One of the better clerking setups."

"The clerks are excellent and I have a great working relation with them. They understand client needs, are very accommodating and take away a lot of stress. They just get things done."

"The clerks are very friendly and pragmatic. They are always very transparent on fees."

"The Clerks provide a quality service and work hard to build a rapport with instructing solicitors."

"Clerks are always very helpful, quick to respond, and ensure counsel is available when required. Good updates offered to instructing counsel, including by webinar during the Coronavirus lockdown."

Client Service Set of the Year, Chambers and Partners Bar Awards 2015

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Andrew Briton

Principal Clerk Business Development and Research
DDI: 020 7427 1848
andrew.briton@ftbchambers.co.uk
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Andrew has been in Chambers over 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).

Andrew is the Principal Clerk now responsible for business development, research, clerking administration and members finance.  Andrew has an in depth knowledge of all Chambers practice areas and is always happy to assist clients when looking to instruct FTB.

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.. He also holds a qualification from the Open University in Accounting and Bookkeeping.

Published comment: “Makes every effort to assist” Legal 500 2017

Client Service Set of the Year, Chambers and Partners Bar Awards 2015

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Harry Killick

Principal Clerk Team Leader
DDI: 020 7427 1845
harry.killick@ftbchambers.co.uk
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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.

Published Commenary - Legal 500 2021

"FTB’s clerks are the best in the business – always very personable and competent. James Kemp and Harry Killick in particular are excellent."

"First impressions are key and the Clerks office for FTB is always approachable and willing to assist in availability of specific counsel and offering alternative Counsel of equivalent skill and experience."

"Clerking is very efficient. The team are personable and responsive to our needs. One of the better clerking setups."

"The clerking service is excellent. Alone of all the sets I work with the clerks are genuinely part of a client team, maintaining a good understanding of the work being transacted as well as being efficient and accessible when planning the availability of their Counsel. A familiarity with the work and clients of Chambers means that they are receptive to collaborating with law firms in business development and have at times made valuable connections for me."

"The clerks are excellent and I have a great working relation with them. They understand client needs, are very accommodating and take away a lot of stress. They just get things done."

"The clerks are very friendly and pragmatic. They are always very transparent on fees."

"The Clerks provide a quality service and work hard to build a rapport with instructing solicitors."

"Clerks are always very helpful, quick to respond, and ensure counsel is available when required. Good updates offered to instructing counsel, including by webinar during the Coronavirus lockdown."

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Adam Collins

Deputy Team Leader
DDI: 020 7427 1842
adam.collins@ftbchambers.co.uk
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Adam joined Francis Taylor Building in June 2016 having previously gained eight years clerking experience at two other specialist sets. Adam assists Harry Killick, 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, he is a keen golfer and rugby player.

Published Commentary, Legal 500 2021

"James Kemp, Adam Collins and Billy Brett all first rate clerk, very friendly, always answer the phone. Very polite and responsive."

"First impressions are key and the Clerks' office for FTB is always approachable and willing to assist in availability of specific counsel and offering alternative Counsel of equivalent skill and experience."

"Clerking is very efficient. The team are personable and responsive to our needs. One of the better clerking setups."

"The clerking service is excellent. Alone of all the sets I work with the clerks are genuinely part of a client team, maintaining a good understanding of the work being transacted as well as being efficient and accessible when planning the availability of their Counsel. A familiarity with the work and clients of Chambers means that they are receptive to collaborating with law firms in business development and have at times made valuable connections for me."

"The clerks are excellent and I have a great working relation with them. They understand client needs, are very accommodating and take away a lot of stress. They just get things done."

"The clerks are very friendly and pragmatic. They are always very transparent on fees."

"The Clerks provide a quality service and work hard to build a rapport with instructing solicitors."

"Clerks are always very helpful, quick to respond, and ensure counsel is available when required. Good updates offered to instructing counsel, including by webinar during the Coronavirus lockdown."
 

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Billy Brett

Deputy Team Leader
DDI: 020 7427 1861
billy.brett@ftbchambers.co.uk
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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 and helping members to develop their practices. Billy assists Deputy Senior Clerk - Team Leader, James Kemp in the management and development of their team.

Published Commentary - Legal 500 2021

"Billy Brett has always been helpful. Billy knows how things work and shares useful tips."

"Billy Brett is particularly strong in terms of the speed with which he deals with matters and his commercial, no nonsense approach."

"James Kemp, Adam Collins and Billy Brett all first rate clerk, very friendly, always answer the phone. Very polite and responsive"

"First impressions are key and the Clerks office for FTB is always approachable and willing to assist in availability of specific counsel and offering alternative Counsel of equivalent skill and experience."

"Clerking is very efficient. The team are personable and responsive to our needs. One of the better clerking setups."

"The clerking service is excellent. Alone of all the sets I work with the clerks are genuinely part of a client team, maintaining a good understanding of the work being transacted as well as being efficient and accessible when planning the availability of their Counsel. A familiarity with the work and clients of Chambers means that they are receptive to collaborating with law firms in business development and have at times made valuable connections for me."

"The clerks are excellent and I have a great working relation with them. They understand client needs, are very accommodating and take away a lot of stress. They just get things done."

"The clerks are very friendly and pragmatic. They are always very transparent on fees."

"The Clerks provide a quality service and work hard to build a rapport with instructing solicitors."

"Clerks are always very helpful, quick to respond, and ensure counsel is available when required. Good updates offered to instructing counsel, including by webinar during the Coronavirus lockdown."

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Nathan Williams

Team Assistant
DDI: 0207 427 1843
nathan.williams@ftbchambers.co.uk
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Nathan joined FTB in 2018 after a year and a half in another specialist Barristers' Chambers.  Nathan assists team Clerks with various matters. In his spare time, Nathan is a keen rugby player and gym enthusiast.

 

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Danny Hurford

Junior Clerk
DDI: 020 7427 1855
danny.hurford@ftbchambers.co.uk
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Danny joined FTB in 2019.  He is a junior clerk and assists members of Chambers and the clerking team with a range of tasks.

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Katie Britton

Junior Clerk
DDI: 020 7427 1827
katie.britton@ftbchambers.co.uk
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Katie joined FTB in 2019.  She is a junior clerk and assists members of Chambers and the clerking team with a range of tasks.

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Vicki Cousins

Chambers' Manager
DDI: 020 7427 1840
vicki.cousins@ftbchambers.co.uk
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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.

Client Service Set of the Year, Chambers and Partners Bar Awards 2015

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Deirdre Mahon

Marketing Manager
DDI: 020 7427 1841
deirdre.mahon@ftbchambers.co.uk
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Deirdre joined FTB in 2012 as Marketing Manager.

She has more than 20 years’ professional services marketing experience in the legal sector.

Deirdre is responsible for the delivery of Chambers’ programme of marketing activities and communications.

She has a degree in Art History and Conservation and a post graduate diploma in Marketing.

Client Service Set of the Year, Chambers and Partners Bar Awards 2015

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Erja Gunn

Receptionist
DDI: 020 7353 8415
reception@ftbchambers.co.uk
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After six years with the Executive Offices Group as a Receptionist, Erja joined FTB early in 2012 to look after the Reception as well as the meeting room scheduling. She is also PA for the Senior Clerk Paul Coveney and assists Chambers Manager Vicki Cousins in all things admin and facilities. Originally from Finland, she has made a home in London for over 30 years and enjoys the vibrant rock music scene here.

Client Service Set of the Year, Chambers and Partners Bar Awards 2015