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Leading Silks

Jonathan Davey QC - Wilberforce ChambersHe works extremely hard and is very conscientious. He plans meticulously for every hearing, meaning he is well-prepared for any question that may be asked by the court or tribunal. He is also extremely approachable, making him a popular choice with clients.
Christopher McCall QC - Maitland ChambersHe is a statesman in charity law matters.
Robert Pearce QC - Radcliffe ChambersRobert has admirable knowledge of charities law, and an acute sense of the right approach to take with the court in difficult situations. A widely respected and highly persuasive advocate.
Simon Taube QC - Ten Old SquareSimon has a powerful brain and great analytical skills.
Edward Cumming QC - XXIV Old BuildingsEdward is quite simply brilliant. He has an excellent mind and is exceptional on his feet, dynamic and highly charismatic. A silk who has a keen eye for strategy and a great ability with people.
Michael Furness QC - Wilberforce ChambersMichael is simply superb. His advice is technically brilliant, but also commercial and pragmatic.
Elspeth Talbot Rice QC - XXIV Old BuildingsElspeth is a very strong and hardworking advocate.
Thomas Dumont QC - Radcliffe ChambersThomas is an intuitive silk, who can read a room very well and find the right strategy for the client.

2020 Silks

Kate Selway QC - Radcliffe ChambersA silk with strong academic knowledge.

2022 Silks

Andrew Westwood QC - Maitland ChambersAndrew has a great intellect and is very easy to work with. He has in-depth knowledge of the law and is an excellent advocate.

Leading Juniors

William Henderson - Serle CourtWilliam combines in-depth experience with precision and authority. He is fazed by nothing, and his advice is robust and reliable.
Francesca Quint - Radcliffe ChambersShe is a tour de force in the charities sector.
Matthew Smith - Maitland ChambersMatthew demonstrates excellent strategic and analytic thinking, and his advocacy is persuasive.
Jonathan Fowles - Serle CourtHe is accessible, incredibly clear, and thorough in his advice on complex issues, and is also very alive to the practicalities of a matter.
Joshua Winfield - Radcliffe ChambersAn extremely bright junior who gets to the heart of the issue.
Maxim Cardew - Maitland ChambersMaxim is incredibly diligent and precise. His knowledge of charity law matters is formidable.
Piers Feltham - Radcliffe ChambersPiers has meticulous attention to detail and outstanding intellectual ability.
Josh Lewison - Radcliffe ChambersHe is responsive, thorough and easy to work with.

Charities in London Bar

Radcliffe Chambers

Radcliffe Chambers has a stellar reputation for its charity law expertise. In a prominent case highlight, Robert Pearce QC appeared for the defendant before the High Court in the high-profile case Attorney General v  Zedra  Fiduciary Services (UK) Ltd , involving the National Fund, a charity set up by an anonymous donor in 1928 with the aim of investing the income of the fund for the purpose of paying off the National Debt in full. The main issue of the case was that the donor's heirs claimed the fund's trust was invalid, however the High Court ruled that the fund was held on a valid charitable trust. Kate Selway QC's expertise in this area includes advising charities on charitable status, charity land and the validity of charitable bequests. Charity law specialist Francesca Quint is 'just the best - straightforward, practical and extremely responsive'.

Testimonials

Set

Chambers of real quality.

‘Radcliffe Chambers is the go-to chambers for our firm due to its charity and trusts expertise.’

Good breadth of expertise in charity law.’

‘A very strong Charities set.’

A very strong all round set, with leading practitioners in the charities field (and other practice areas).’

Clerking

The clerks were very supportive.

‘The clerks at the chambers are very responsive.’

‘Clerks are very helpful and services are well managed.’

‘Exceptionally helpful and responsive. Keith Nagle is particularly noteworthy.’

Maitland Chambers

Maitland Chambers stands out for its 'strength in depth', with a ‘decent pipeline of juniors as well as eminent seniors.’ Members are regularly instructed in the most high-profile charity law cases, and frequently appear in the Chancery Division as well as the Supreme Court. Recently Christopher McCall QC represented Oxfordshire County Council before the Supreme Court in an appeal concerning whether a title to land, which the Council was gifted for use as a school under the School Sites Act 1841, reverted back to the donor’s estate when the school ceased to operate from the gifted land; the Supreme Court allowed the appeal. Matthew Smith garners praise for his ‘pre-eminent experience in the Charity Tribunal and the Courts, so he provides advice that comes with an authority and insight that is reliable and can be deployed effectively'.

Testimonials

Set 

‘It is a quality set with a good reputation.’

‘It is an excellent chambers with breadth of expertise in charity law.’

‘It is a very strong set with excellent expertise in charity law. ‘

‘It is a good chambers to deal with and one of the main ones which offers expertise in charity law’.

Clerking

Efficient, tactful and helpful.’

Responsive and helpful clerks, particularly Rio-Louise Sully.’

Great: sensible, business-like and user-friendly.’

‘I have always found the clerks are helpful and friendly. ‘

‘Clerks are helpful, provide good service and maintain a good relationship.’

Serle Court

Viewed by clients as ‘a significant and leading player in charity law‘, Serle Court‘s team garners praise for its ‘genuine in-depth experience and understanding of charity law‘. William Henderson (‘a leading mind‘) represented the Attorney General in the seminal case of AG v Zedra Fiduciary Services (UK) Limited, and Jonathan Fowles has been kept busy handling instructions from charities and charity trustees, and is regularly sought after by the Charity Commission for his expertise in this area.

Testimonials

Clerking

‘Excellent, very accessible and helpful.’

Sensible and both business and user friendly.’

Wilberforce Chambers

At Wilberforce Chambers, the key practitioners are Jonathan Davey QC and the ‘extremely goodMichael Furness QC, who provides ‘very practical advice‘. In a prominent highlight, Davey QC acted for HM Revenue and Customs in Life Services Ltd v HM Revenue and Customs, a test case which focused on the issue of the status of supplies that were provided by charities and quasi-charities in the context of EU tax law.

Testimonials

Set

‘Its range of fees is very competitive.’

Clerking

Excellent and very helpful.’