Brick Court senior clerks Julian Hawes and Ian Moyler are stepping down from their roles in 2019, after serving a combined 50 years at the set, The Lawyer can reveal.

Moyler and Hawes were clerks at the commercial set for almost 31 years and 21 years respectively. Moyler first joined Brick Court in 1986 while Hawes joined ten years later.

The succession will take place in the summer of 2019 and will pave the way for the current deputy senior clerks Tony Burgess and Paul Dennison to take the top roles.

Burgess joined Brick Court in 2012 from Monckton Chambers where he was deputy senior clerk. He was made up to the same position at Brick Court in 2014.

Dennison began his clerking career at Brick Court in 1992 but left for rival commercial set Blackstone Chambers in 1999. He later returned to Brick Court as a clerk before being made senior clerk in 2014.

Moyler said: “After 33 years happy service as a clerk at Brick Court Chambers it’s time for some changes and I could not be happier that our colleagues Tony Burgess and Paul Dennison have agreed to step up to the role of joint senior clerks in 2019. For my part I will consider my options in 2019, and it may be there will still be a role within Chambers, but if not I shall be looking for new challenges.”

Hawes added: “Ian and I were instrumental in handpicking Paul and Tony in the hope that they would one day succeed us, and I fully expect that they and the members of Brick Court Chambers will continue to enjoy the same success in the future.”

Their decision to step down is the latest reshuffle among clerks at the Bar. In the last two months, Matrix Chambers’ CEO Lindsay Scott announced her departure to 39 Essex Chambers to replace the outgoing David Barnes, who will rejoin his old set Atkin Chambers.

Barnes was at Atkin Chambers for 24 years before he moved to 39 Essex, where he was credited with raising the set’s profile as a leading set outwith the traditional magic circle of Brick Court, Blackstone, One Essex Court, Essex Court and Fountain Court Chambers.

According to The Lawyer’s Litigation Tracker, Brick Court has taken the most instructions from Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF), Bristows, Clyde & Co, Cooke Young & Keidan, Enyo Law, Norton Rose Fulbright, Simmons & Simmons and Freshfield Bruckhaus Deringer.