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'.
Charities in London Bar
‘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).’
‘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 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'.
‘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’.
‘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.’
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.
‘Excellent, very accessible and helpful.’
‘Sensible and both business and user friendly.’
At Wilberforce Chambers, the key practitioners are Jonathan Davey QC and the ‘extremely good’ Michael 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.
‘Its range of fees is very competitive.’
‘Excellent and very helpful.’