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 two Chambers clerking teams. His role covers the allocation of new work, practice management, diary issues and staff training and recruitment.

Recommendations

“Tom O’Connor always gets the right person for the job; he is affable and a pleasure to work with.”
Chambers & Partners

‘Excellent service – Tom O Connor is brilliant to have as a clerk if you need urgent input. Always friendly and helpful.’
The Legal 500

‘Tom O’Connor is a brilliant clerk, again very personable, working well with solicitors and making sure things happen.’
The Legal 500

‘Tom O’Connor and Joe Ralph also stand out as savvy, sensible clerks who always have the right options available to their clients.’
The Legal 500

‘Tom O’Connor and Joe Ralph have excellent vision for what is needed in complex welfare cases.’
The Legal 500

Qualifications

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

Professional memberships

Member of the Institute of Barristers’ Clerks (IBC)

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.