Brick Court restructures clerking team after Deborah Anderson exit

Brick Court Chambers has restructured its clerking team following the exit of longstanding joint senior clerk Deborah Anderson.

Anderson left the set three months ago to join Hardwicke Chambers, 14 years after moving to Brick Court from Littleton Chambers (9 April 2014).

Brick Court has been in talks with each of its members over the past two months to determine the new structure. It has responded by promoting clerks Tony Burgess and Paul Dennison to deputy senior clerks.

Burgess and joint senior clerk Ian Moyler will now head up one team while Dennison and joint senior clerk Julian Hawes will take charge of another group.

Clerk Kate Trott will take up a new role as mediation and arbitration clerk. The move is designed to help better cross-fertilisation of work among the clerks’ room and with a reduced clerking staff.

Anderson’s unexpected departure from the set was expected to set the clerking carousel in motion. Last year saw a flurry of departures when Keating Chambers senior clerk Nick Child left for Navigant Consulting (15 May 2013). The set brought in Wilberforce Chambers heavyweight Declan Redmond (7 October 2013), leaving a gap at Wilberforce.

Wilberforce found Redmond’s replacement in the shape of XXIV Old Buildings practice director Nick Luckman (21 November 2013). XXIV Old Buildings then hired Withers partner Sue Medder (15 January 2014).

However Brick Court has chosen not to set in motion a new merry-go-round, turning instead to its current team.

Burgess was taken from rival set Monckton Chambers two years ago after joining from 2-3 Gray’s Inn in 2006 (5 December 2012).

The restructure comes as Brick Court brings in three new tenants. Hugo Leith, Charlotte Thomas and Jennifer MacLeod will all join chambers this year after completing pupillage at Brick Court, with Thomas and MacLeod joining in September and Leith joining later this month.

The new tenants take the set’s total numbers to 83, 36 of which are silks. Brick Court will also take on 3 New Square arbitrator Simon Thorley QC as a door tenant next month, boosting the set’s IP arbitration practice.