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Radcliffe Chambers

Chancery: Traditional

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Radcliffe Chambers has a large group of respected traditional chancery practitioners. "They are a pleasure to work with," says an interviewee, who adds: "They've got a really down-to-earth group of barristers." They are particularly notable for their work on wills and probate matters, and Radcliffe is described by a source as "a real leading set for Inheritance Act claims."

Client service:

Sources praise highly the clerking operation at Radcliffe. "The set has excellent service and brilliant clerking - they have a brilliant understanding of the solicitor-barrister relationship," comments a source. Another says: "Their administrative team works really well, and clerks are friendly and nice." The team is led by joint senior clerks Keith Nagle and John Clark, and the set's chief executive is Fiona Fitzgerald.

Strengths:

Charles Holbech
An established junior who has a diverse private client practice and is frequently instructed in both contentious and non-contentious matters. He is particularly noted for his technical knowledge of tax matters.
"Very, very good and goes the extra mile on difficult cases." "He's absolutely brilliant. He gives the client confidence in the case and really helps them through it."

Strengths:

Daniel Burton
His growing traditional chancery practice includes contested probate, estates administration and charities matters.
"Able to judge the capabilities of clients and tailor his demeanour appropriately. He's calm and sympathetic throughout." "Has a good manner and raises good, sensible points."  "He does a good job for his clients."

Strengths:

Edward Hicks
Handles contentious probate cases, matters relating to arguments over wills and disputes as to the administration of estates and trusts.
"His knowledge is incredible, and he's always helpful and proactive." "He is meticulous, displaying a strong attention to detail and a good balance in conference between providing fine legal detail and ensuring that the client understands what's going on."

Strengths:

Francesca Quint
Focuses her practice in the field of charities law, in which she is recognised as being "really exceptional." Her practice is primarily advisory, and she is frequently trusted with the most complex and high-profile charities matters.
"Excellent with clients and provides a calm, reassuring presence."

Strengths:

Josh Lewison
A junior with a broad traditional chancery practice, which encompasses both onshore and offshore work. He is noted for his handling of charitable trust matters, as well as cases relating to wills and estates.
"Has good attention to detail. He shows great commerciality, and is able to identify the key points for the client." "He's very responsive and often goes above and beyond what he's asked to do."

Strengths:

Justin Holmes
Has a broad traditional chancery practice, focusing primarily on contentious matters. He is noted for his depth of experience in the Court of Protection and generally in cases where this is some question as to capacity.
"Bright, good with clients, reasonable and collaborative," "he's very good in conference and very hard-working." "He's so good on Court of Protection crossover work." "His knowledge is second to none."

Strengths:

Kate Selway QC
She is particularly commended for her expertise in tax-related traditional chancery cases, but is also frequently instructed in Inheritance Act, trusts, and charities matters.
"Excellent - very thorough, clever and practical."  "She's very good at guiding clients through quite complex issues, and has a balanced approach to claims."

Strengths:

Katherine McQuail
Offers a depth of experience in traditional chancery matters and is regularly instructed in probate, inheritance and trusts matters.
"Just brilliant and delightful to deal with." "Very clear, straight-talking, down to earth and reliable. She's very easy to work with and turns things around very quickly."

Strengths:

Keith Rowley QC
Has a much-respected traditional chancery practice and is recognised for his particular strength in matters with a pensions aspect. He also has a breadth of experience in trusts and professional negligence claims and is noted for his appearances in international and offshore matters. Rowley is highly sought after by trustees.
"Remarkably intelligent, responsive and incisive. He helps you navigate all the practical and legal complexities of a case and really gives clients a strong wind in their sails."

Strengths:

Marcus Flavin
Acts in both contentious and non-contentious traditional chancery matters. He is regularly instructed both onshore and offshore, and has particular expertise in Jersey-related matters. He is sought after by trustees, executors and individual family members requiring representation in complex matters. Flavin's practice includes advising on probate and estate administration, trusts and Inheritance Act claims.
He is praised for his "sensible and commercial approach" and "clever and sharp mind." "He is really good at partnering with you and is a real part of the team. He's good at suggesting alternative solutions and is extremely helpful."

Strengths:

Nathan Wells
Well-established junior who has a wide-ranging traditional chancery practice. He is a particularly fine choice of counsel for matters with some Northern Irish aspect, as he has also been called to the Northern Irish Bar. He is regularly instructed in cases concerning trusts, wills, probate and estate administration. He is also experienced in real property matters.
"Very professional and has a nice manner about him."  "He's very helpful, thorough and knowledgeable."

Strengths:

Oliver Hilton
Has a busy traditional chancery practice that takes in complex trusts and succession matters. He is instructed both onshore and offshore.
"A very technical and conscientious lawyer."  "Oliver is your details man; he has a hawk-eye for detail. He really does leave no stone unturned." "He's extremely popular because he really is a great team player - he will suggest things and get on with them, and will make sure you feel looked after."

Strengths:

Peter Crampin QC
Appears in a wide range of traditional chancery matters, and has a particular depth of experience in charities matters. He is frequently instructed in overseas matters and has also been admitted to the Bar of Northern Ireland.
"Has great knowledge and offers good tactical advice."

Strengths:

Piers Feltham Highly regarded junior whose respected traditional chancery practice encompasses both contentious and non-contentious matters. He is particularly noted for his work with estates.
"Can see the solution and drive that way. He's very bright and knows everything there is to know about estoppel." "He's very easy to deal with, very responsive and very intelligent. His written work is amazing, and his technical ability is excellent. He's very user-friendly."

Strengths:

Robert Pearce QC
Respected silk who has a substantial traditional chancery practice and is particularly noted for his handling of complex trust and charities. He is sought after by trustees, executors and private companies.
"A very, very good lawyer." "He is terribly conscientious - you know that he will think about everything. He has always made the effort to make things easy for the client to understand."

Strengths:

Roger Mullis
Frequently sought out for his expertise in contentious probate matters and those cases involving the administration of estates, trusts, wills and real property. He is instructed by family members, trustees and professional clients, and is particularly noted for his litigation work.
"Very personable and very approachable,"

Strengths:

Sophia Rogers
Her broad traditional chancery practice includes advising on wills, trusts and probate, and she also has experience of offshore work.
"Very approachable and easy to come to with questions." "She's very helpful, very sensible and always so thorough."

Strengths:

Thomas Dumont QC
Has a highly respected traditional chancery practice and routinely handles complex and high-value trusts and estates disputes. He regularly appears in both the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.
"Tremendously easy-going and a charming person." "Beneath that charming exterior, he is always on it - he has a complete command of his material."

Strengths:

William Moffett
A much-liked junior who is praised highly for his handling of contentious trust and inheritance matters. He offers a particular depth of expertise in contested wills and is especially sought after by high net worth individuals.
"A very impressive operator - he's incredibly experienced and astute, and has an ability to cut through complex stuff and get to the point." "He has a very sharp mind. He's excellent with clients and easy to engage with."

Chancery: Traditional Department

Radcliffe Chambers

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Lincoln's Inn

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Greater London

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Chancery: Traditional


Kate Selway QC
New Silks
Keith Rowley QC
Band 3
Peter Crampin QC
Band 3
Robert Pearce QC
Band 3
Thomas Dumont QC
Band 2

Juniors

London (Bar)

Chancery: Traditional


Charles Holbech
Band 4