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."
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.
'The clerks, led by senior clerk, Paul Coveney and deputy senior clerk, James Kemp are "personable and understand the business realities in many cases." Solictiors consider them to be an "integral part" of their team.' Legal 500 2020
'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".' Chambers and Partners 2016
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
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 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.
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.
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.
Danny joined FTB in 2019. He is a junior clerk and assists members of Chambers and the clerking team with a range of tasks.
Katie joined FTB in 2019. She is a junior clerk and assists members of Chambers and the clerking team with a range of tasks.
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 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.
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.