Radcliffe Chambers

Dispute Resolution Department

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Radcliffe Chambers is known for its skilful handling of chancery matters across the board. "The barristers I have used have been very easy to work with," says one source, while another adds: "It's a good reliable chambers with the talent to enable it to compete with other leading insolvency sets." As well as insolvency, the talented group of silks and juniors is regularly instructed in civil fraud, commercial loans and trusts matters.

Client service: "The clerks are helpful and responsive." "They're very good at their jobs and they make my life a lot easier." The senior clerks are Keith Nagle and John Clark.

Christopher Boardman QC
A well-known new silk whose broad commercial chancery practice includes insolvency, commercial, fraud and company matters. He is also noted for his work for banks and financial institutions.
Strengths: "One of the brightest barristers we have encountered." "He's a go-to, he's excellent. He's great on strategy and a great advocate."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant to a GBP15 million fraud claim brought by the beneficiary shareholders of an international trust company against a de facto director of an offshore investment company, involving allegations of fraudulent breach of fiduciary duty in the running of the business over many years.

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: "He is a master tactician, able to steer a course through tricky waters and always with the bigger picture in mind. He works tirelessly. He is the barrister you want to be representing you and not the other side. He is the complete package."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of the former liquidator of FW Mason & Sons in misfeasance proceedings brought by successor liquidators, alleging deliberate overcharging.

Elizabeth Ovey
A highly respected senior junior with a great depth of experience in commercial chancery matters. She is noted for expertise in building societies and pensions and is often sought after by financial institutions.
Strengths: "She is superb and can turn around things quickly and very efficiently. She can turn her hand to various disputes and is very adept at dealing with a broad range of matters in an effective way."

Jeremy Cousins QC
A respected silk who specialises in commercial chancery and professional negligence matters. He is highly sought after for high-value and high-profile commercial cases.
Strengths: "He has an ability to provide clear and concise advice in a format suitable for both the instructing solicitor and also our lay client. This is incredibly helpful."
Recent work: Appeared in MSD Cash & Carry v Singh and others, involving claims arising out of the liquidation of a company.

Keith Rowley QC
A distinguished silk with a reputation for skilful handling of complex and high-value litigation. He is noted for his work on commercial chancery matters both domestically and abroad, alongside particular experience in pension-related issues.
Strengths: "An authoritative and robust senior chancery counsel. He's excellent in court and sticks to his guns when he gives an opinion at the outset of a case."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of the defendant trustee of the Airways Pension Scheme in an appeal concerning the power of the trustee to award discretionary pension increases and whether the exercise of that power was valid.