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Clerks

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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 2022

Chambers and Partners 

"Paul Coveney, senior clerk, is streets ahead of other clerks; he understands the work and is strategic in his thinking. The clerking is excellent." 

“Paul Coveney, senior clerk, is an excellent clerk and really makes the effort to know the business.”

"Paul Coveney [is] very easy to deal with, efficient and easy to reach."

"The clerks at Francis Taylor Building are absolutely superb and very quick to get back to you."

"The team is very agile and very commercial in terms of their approach and you can discuss things based on client needs." 

Legal 500

"The clerks are are all very good. I have worked with Paul Coveney in particular who always provide[s] excellent service."

"Clerks are very helpful and always recommend the best Counsel for the work that is required. Meetings are efficiently arranged and information forwarded promptly."

"Responsive clerks who will work hard to accommodate what a case requires."

"Clerks are generally very helpful and willing to take a pragmatic view where necessary."

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 Commentary

Legal 500, 2022

"The clerks are very good – reliable and communicative – especially James Kemp the deputy senior clerk. The facilities at FTB are excellent."

"I know James Kemp [and Adam Collins] the best, but find all the clerks at Francis Taylor Building to be first-class and a pleasure to deal with, being both responsive and extremely helpful. The clerks are a credit to Francis Taylor Building and should be commended highly."

"James Kemp has been incredibly reliable and very responsive throughout some incredibly stressful planning litigation."

"The clerks are all very good. I have worked with Paul Coveney and James Kemp in particular who always provide excellent service."

"I work with several chambers and would single out James Kemp as responsive and very easy to work with. He is always one step ahead of the project needs. James and others are creative in the way they ensure barrister availability at the right point in a project cycle."

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 and Adam Collins are first rate clerks, 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."

Frazer Gale-Sinclair

Deputy Team Leader
DDI: 020 7353 1861. Mobile: 0787 4867 883
FGS@ftbchambers.co.uk
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Frazer Joined FTB in April 2021 having started his clerking career in 2015 in a Commercial Chancery set in Lincoln’s Inn. Frazer assists James Kemp, clerking the members within his team and is responsible for diary management, fee negotiation and overall practice development of members.

Outside chambers, Frazer is a car enthusiast and enjoys watching Rugby.

Harry Gamble

Deputy Team Leader
DDI: 020 7427 1842
harry.gamble@ftbchambers.co.uk
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Harry started his clerking career in January 2016 at a Commercial and Common Law set. He joined FTB in August 2021 after spending 4 years at 12 Kings Bench Walk. Harry assists Harry Killick, clerking the members in his team and is responsible for diary management, liaising with clients, allocation of new work, fee negotiation and developing members practices. 

Harry is described in the legal directories as being "well organised and responds quickly to queries" (Legal 500 – 2018). He is also described as being very "well regarded and for having a bright future in clerking" (Legal 500 – 2019/2020)  

Harry is a member of the institute of Barrister’ Clerks.
 

Molly Dumbelton

Team Assistant
DDI: 020 7353 1828
molly.dumbelton@ftbchambers.co.uk
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Molly Joined FTB in July 2021 as a Team Assistant, having started her clerking career after graduating in 2017. Molly assists with diary management, fee negotiation and allocation of work for the members in her team amongst other things.

Grant James

Team Assistant
DDI: 020 7353 1843
grant.james@ftbchambers.co.uk
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Grant joined Francis Taylor Building in July 2021 as a Team Assistant after 3 years as Junior Clerk at Cornerstone Barristers. Grant is involved in assisting barristers and his team members with all aspects of diary management, fee negotiation and work allocation. 

Outside of work Grant is a West Ham United season ticket holder and enjoys running and cycling.
 

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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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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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Staff

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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