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Radcliffe Chambers

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Radcliffe Chambers is the pre-eminent set in the market, and houses an impressive bench of standout practitioners. Its members routinely appear in the most significant charities matters and are regularly involved in cases that reach the Supreme Court, acting both for charities as well as the Charity Commission and the Attorney General. The team demonstrates prowess in all manner of disputes, including those concerning trustee issues, ratings, legacies and bankruptcies. One commentator describes the set as comprising of "some of the best trusts and charity law brains around."

Client service:

"I've worked with several of their clerks and they are very communicative; you can always get a hold of them. They are very businesslike and stick to their quotes." "The clerking team is very responsive and simply one of the best anywhere." Keith Nagle and John Clark are the joint senior clerks.

Strengths:

Francesca Quint
Well known and highly praised for her advisory work in particular, she is instructed by philanthropists, international charities, organisations and trusts at both national and local levels. Quint is well versed in handling Charity Commission inquiries and restructuring and is also an accredited mediator and a former deputy commissioner at the Charity Commission.
"Her knowledge of charity law and practice is unrivalled. She quickly grasps the key commercial issues, and provides clear and concise advice." "The gold standard in charity barristers."
Recent work: In Derby Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust & Others v Ashfield District Council & Others, Charity Commission intervening, Quint acted for Derby Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust as one of several NHS Foundation Trusts seeking recognition as charities in order to claim 80% relief from business rates.

Strengths:

Josh Lewison
Has an excellent reputation for handling charities disputes, especially those with a private client angle or insolvency aspects. He is strong on matters concerning trustee issues, and is an expert on maladministration of charities, discrimination cases and conflict of interest claims. He is also noted for his deft handling of charity matters that require commercial law expertise. On the non-contentious side he is well experienced in matters surrounding the formation of charities, and has advised charities looking to establish themselves.
"Very good under pressure, he's calm, methodical, and someone who picks up information very quickly; he produces the advice you need within the time allotted." "He's approachable and doesn't deal in legalese. Instead he provides practical solutions that you can implement quickly."

Strengths:

Joshua Winfield
Strongly focused on litigation but also conducts drafting and advisory work. He has particular experience of working with religious charities and unincorporated associations. Winfield regularly advises on disputes over land and matters involving gifts in wills.
"Very responsive and highly knowledgeable, he is a barrister whose opinion you can trust and his turnaround time is incredibly quick." "Handling an extremely complex area of law, he really shines at getting to the heart of a problem and he offers practical solutions to clients."
Recent work: Acted in re Ransom Deceased, representing the beneficiary/executor in a claim in the Chancery Division concerning the construction of a home-made will. The case looked, inter alia, at whether the gift of the residuary estate created a valid charitable trust.

Strengths:

Kate Selway QC
Well-regarded chancery practitioner with notable experience of charities and trusts cases. She has acted for charities, the Charity Commission and the Charity Commission Northern Ireland in matters relating to charitable status, property and registration, amongst other issues.
"Authoritative and gives extremely clear advice."
Recent work: Acted for the Charity Commission in Densham v Charity Commission. The case concerned a litigant in person who appealed decisions of the Commission concerning the charitable status of allotments awarded under the Inclosure Act 1845, as well as the legitimacy of a scheme made by the Commission.

Strengths:

Robert Pearce QC
Widely regarded as a leading silk for charity disputes as well as advisory work. His recent work includes advisingtrustees, charities and religious orders on issues as varied as constitutional matters and gifts in wills. He regularly advises and acts for the Charity Commission on high-profile issues and is regularly instructed by the Attorney General. Solicitors routinely approach him for advice on particularly complex questions.
"An excellent charity lawyer, pre-eminent in his field, whose advice is of an exceptionally high standard. He is very user-friendly and turns around papers very quickly." "He breaks down complex matters into segments and separates out his thinking; clients really understand the points he's making."
Recent work: Instructed by the Attorney General in the Supreme Court case of Cooper v Lehtimäki & Others. The case concerned the affairs of one of the UK’s largest grantmaking charities and raised novel legal points concerning the extent of the court’s jurisdiction over charitable companies.

Strengths:

Thomas Dumont QC
Has a number of top charities as clients, and is a sought-after litigator for disputes regarding trust analysis and tax exemption. He regularly handles inheritance disputes and represents national charities, educational institutions and executors.
"A pleasure to deal with, and very user-friendly. You don't think twice about putting him in front of the biggest and best clients." "Erudite, personable, and someone who always goes the extra mile for his charity clients."

Charities Department

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Lincoln's Inn

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Charities


Kate Selway QC
New Silks
Robert Pearce QC
Star Individuals
Thomas Dumont QC
Band 3

Juniors

London (Bar)

Charities


Francesca Quint
Star Individuals
Josh Lewison
Band 2
Joshua Winfield
Band 2