Radcliffe Chambers

Dispute Resolution Department

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Although historically known as more of a traditional chancery set, Radcliffe Chambers has a strong and growing interest in commercial chancery matters, and houses a strong bench of practitioners at both senior and junior level. Its members are experienced in the handling of complex and high-profile commercial disputes, and are regularly instructed in cases involving civil fraud, insolvency, commercial loans, securities and secured lending. Disputes concerning the commercial use of trusts are also recognised as a core strength of the team.

Client service: The senior clerks at the set, Keith Nagle and John Clark, are known for offering a good service and being "people who get things done." "Supportive when it comes to fees and excellent at getting the right barrister for the right case," they are "extremely commercial, highly responsive and thoroughly pragmatic."

Dov Ohrenstein
Has a broad chancery practice, and is especially good at company law and insolvency. He is regarded as a thorough and measured advocate who has a good grasp of detail. Ohrenstein handles business and finance disputes as well as property and professional negligence claims.
Strengths: "Lion-like in pursuit of his clients' interests."
Recent work: Represented APL in a multimillion-pound loan claim against a borrower.

Elizabeth Ovey
Focuses on building society and pensions work, as well as related professional negligence cases. She is regarded as a careful, sensible practitioner.
Strengths: "Comes up with innovative solutions and achieves great results. She is very robust in going down a particular avenue, and sees solutions that aren't apparently obvious."
Recent work: Acted in NRAM Plc v Nelmes, a case concerning a portfolio of buy-to-let properties.

Jeremy Cousins QC
A senior silk with a noteworthy commercial chancery practice, who handles a range of matters. Of late, he has handled a number of cases with a litigation funding aspect to them.
Strengths: "Has a great depth of knowledge and has done a vast array of legal work." "He is statesmanlike and has a very nice manner about him. You just learn a lot from him."
Recent work: Acted in Dreamvar v Mishcon de Reya, a case with important implications for solicitors’ conveyancing transactions responsibilities.

Keith Rowley QC
A pensions expert with a strong general commercial chancery practice heavy on real estate, professional negligence and breach of trust cases. He has a particular specialisation in pensions law and his work often has an international element.
Strengths: "Technically very, very strong. He is really, really solid on the law and very precise in his advice."