Tom O’Connor

Clerk


Overview

Tom leads one of our three Chambers clerking teams. He is also Chambers’ key clerking contact for medical ethical matters and takes the lead on urgent out-of-hours emergency applications. Tom understands the importance of maintaining a regular dialogue with clients and barristers alike, to ensure a friendly and efficient working relationship.

“Quick to grasp the important issues of any case.”
The Legal 500

Tom graduated from Cardiff University with a degree in history and politics.

experience & expertise

Tom has been clerking at Serjeants’ Inn for 18 years, having first worked in the clerking teams at both criminal and common law sets to obtain a grounding in the role. Tom previously worked as a researcher in the House of Lords after graduating from Cardiff University with a degree in history and politics.

Tom leads one of our three Chambers clerking teams. His role covers the allocation of new work, practice management, diary issues and staff training and recruitment.

Professional memberships

Member of the Institute of Barristers’ Clerks (IBC)

Qualifications

University of Wales, Cardiff – BSc Econ Modern History and Politics

Reflections

This job has so many different facets, from management, to coaching, to promotion. It’s a job where you have to like dealing with people and I’ve always been good at understanding what makes people tick.

“When you meet the solicitors who work in this field you can see how driven they are, and I’m really proud that we show that same commitment.”

Clerking has taught me that you can never assume anything. I’m conscious of the need always to try and question things: you can’t afford to just be robotic in your approach, you need to think of ways you can improve processes. It’s one of the things that I like about working here – we’re striving to get better all the time, we’re not complacent. We really want to make sure we remain at the top of our game.

It’s impossible not to be proud of our Court of Protection work – it’s cutting edge law which establishes what is in the best interests of the patient. I am available 24/7 to take those calls: these cases can be literally life or death. When you meet the solicitors who work in this field you can see how driven they are, and I’m really proud that we show that same commitment. I genuinely believe there isn’t another chambers in the country which is as strong in this area as we are.