Radcliffe Chambers continues to have "a fantastic selection of barristers, ranging from the most junior to the most heavy-hitting silk," enthuses an interviewee. The set is a popular choice for significant litigation surrounding trusts, wills and probate.
"The clerks are always very accommodating when it comes to payment terms and are always prepared to go the extra mile to make sure it works for the client - special praise for John Clark who is top-notch." Clark co-leads the clerking team with Keith Nagle, and Fiona Fitzgerald is the set's chief executive.
Jonathan Edwards is a junior who has built a strong reputation for his chancery practice, particularly in contested probate and proprietary estoppel matters. "He is excellent," observes a solicitor, who continues: "He always provides on-point advice, he is succinct and thorough in his approach. He is very approachable and goes beyond expectations." Another commentator concludes that Edwards is "an absolute star in the making."
Nathan Wells is experienced in handling disputes around estates, trusts and wills and often acts for beneficiaries and administrators in such matters. An interviewee says: "Nathan Wells' wealth of experience in contentious trust litigation means he is an obvious choice for seeking a comprehensive and confident opinion." A commentator also appreciates his thorough approach, reporting: "Nathan is unrivalled in his attention to detail, he is always so precise and comprehensive."
Roger Mullis assists clients in contentious trusts and estates issues and has "an encyclopaedic knowledge of property law," reports an interviewee. Another source commends Mullis for possessing "a really excellent level of knowledge and an ability to handle exceedingly complex matters and high-value estates." They continue: "His advice is extremely clear and the clients are always impressed by his approach. He is one of the big guns to bring in when the going is really tough."
Charles Holbech is "a tax specialist," enthuses an interviewee, who adds: "He has an impressive range of knowledge and clients like him." Holbech leverages significant tax expertise to assist clients across a range of contentious and non-contentious private wealth matters.
Oliver Hilton's chancery practice includes representing clients in trusts and succession disputes. "Oliver is always entirely on top of the materials, and is incredibly user-friendly," reports a commentator; "he sees through to the core commercial issues in dispute, and his drafting is focused and clear. He is great to work with."
Edward Hicks is "an excellent barrister and my go-to counsel in complex disputes," remarks a legal professional, who continues: "He has an eye for detail and leaves no stone unturned when advising. He has a calm, reassuring manner and is well liked and respected by clients. He is always on hand to discuss cases and when issues arise, his advice is thorough and practical." Hicks is sought after for contentious probate, estates and trusts administration work. An impressed interviewee describes him as "compassionate, fiercely clever, frank, approachable and always ready to help," adding: "I cannot recommend him more highly."
Marcus Flavin "provides a Rolls-Royce, responsive service," acknowledges an interviewee. Flavin is well regarded for his expertise in probate and estate administration matters, as well as tax. "He is extremely helpful on complex cost issues," remarks a source.
Kate Selway KC focuses her chancery practice on contentious probate and trusts matters, some of which concern will validity challenges and questions of capacity. A source says: "Kate always approaches matters in a pragmatic and practical way, considering the client's key aims first and foremost." Another interviewee appreciates that Selway is "incredibly hands-on and easy to deal with" in her approach, adding: "She is very thorough and meticulous."
Sophia Rogers has a well-rounded chancery practice, regularly handling offshore trust disputes, Inheritance Act claims and Court of Protection work. A barrister remarks that Rogers is "a ferocious and robust litigator. She is a counsel who is really able to take her opponent to task." Her growing reputation as "an absolute superstar" is acknowledged by another commentator, who continues; "she is incredibly hard-working and straight with her advice. She grasps issues very quickly, I have nothing but admiration for Sophia, she will go far."
Francesca Quint maintains an impressive reputation for her charities law work, and also advises individuals on tax and trust matters. A solicitor describes her as "highly experienced, super knowledgeable and so easy to work with," also noting that Quint is "very approachable, responsive and excellent in front of clients. Her insights on how to deal with difficult aspects are always welcome."
Katherine McQuail focuses her chancery practice on various areas, including contested probate issues and Court of Protection matters. "She is extremely user-friendly and very responsive," remarks a commentator, who continues: "She is always willing to pick up the phone at short notice. I find her very efficient, she is really skilled at coming up with creative solutions and overcomes impasses in a bespoke manner."
Josh Lewison "provides an excellent, responsive service and is great with clients," remarks a legal professional. His practice focuses heavily on domestic and cross-jurisdictional trusts disputes. A trust and estates litigator who has worked closely with Lewison reports: "He was very knowledgeable, on top of the legislation and case law, able to think on his feet and applied his research and knowledge in a practical way. We were very pleased with his work."
Justin Holmes is "always efficient and to the point," observes a solicitor, adding: "He makes clients feel comfortable and provides reasoned and detailed advice in a clear and succinct way." Holmes handles often difficult contested probate matters and remains highly sought after for Court of Protection work.
Daniel Burton's chancery practice includes handling estate administration, Inheritance Act claims and significant group litigation. A source describes him as "an exceptionally safe pair of hands." They continue: "He handles complex matters with ease and is able to deliver clear, concise and good value advice and guidance to lawyers and clients alike." An equally impressed peer remarks: "I think he is brilliant, not only has he got the intellectual skill that you need but he is also really client-friendly and really commercial."
Keith Rowley KC is an esteemed barrister who has considerable expertise in private client and pensions work. "Keith is a sophisticated advocate and clients trust him implicitly. He can deal with even the thorniest points, all with style and a friendly grace that the court clearly appreciates," observes a litigator.
Robert Pearce KC is "very impressive" enthuses a Chancery barrister; "he is very precise and measured; he really inspires confidence in charities and trusts law." Pearce's expertise extends to handling significant domestic and offshore probate disputes. "He is an excellent practitioner," concludes an interviewee.
William Moffett is known for handling complex contentious trusts and inheritance disputes. Market sources speak very highly of Moffett. "William is superb," says one solicitor; "he is excellent at digesting complex issues and finding a practical way forward. He is clearly an expert in his field and he is highly rated by clients and solicitors." Another commentator views him as "my preferred junior at the Chancery Bar. He has never let me down in any case, he has always been exemplary in his advice to clients and the way he deals with clients. William is the all-round package."
Piers Feltham's caseload includes trust litigation, probate disputes and property work. He is described by an interviewee as "an outstanding barrister - my go-to for all complex chancery matters," owing to his skill as "a natural advocate, with a fantastic bandwidth." Another commentator reports: "He is very responsive and hands-on. No job is too small or matter too complex. Piers is incredibly bright and astute, with a great eye for detail. He is cool under pressure and tenacious."
Thomas Dumont KC is a distinguished Chancery barrister who is often involved in significant contentious trusts and probate cases. "He is fantastic," remarks a commentator, who continues: "his management of clients is second to none, he is one of the best." Dumont's thorough approach is commended by another source who is "incredibly impressed by his forensic accountancy," adding that he is "very measured, but methodical, with a good eye for detail."