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Leading Silks

Jonathan Davey KCWilberforce Chambers 'Jonathan is very good with clients. He has an excellent manner in conference and is extremely approachable.’
Christopher McCall KCMaitland ChambersChristopher has tremendous experience, wisdom and legal authority.’ 
Simon Taube KCTen Old Square ‘Exceptional clarity of thought and strategy. Took meticulous care over every detail.'
Michael Furness KCWilberforce ChambersMichael assimilates information rapidly, cutting through to the issues at hand swiftly and provides superb technical analysis. He will also offer pragmatic strategic advice when required.’ 
Edward Cumming KCXXIV Old BuildingsA fabulous advocate and analyst. A leader at the Chancery Bar.’ 
Michael Gibbon KCMaitland ChambersMichael has great knowledge of the subject-matter and a sensible approach to guide charity clients through difficult issues.’

2022 Silks

Andrew Westwood KC – Maitland ChambersGood grasp of law, provides practical support and very easy to work with.

Leading Juniors

Jonathan FowlesSerle CourtJonathan’s technical expertise in charity law is superb.’
William HendersonSerle CourtMassive experience and insight, the best troubleshooter at the Chancery Bar.’
Matthew SmithMaitland Chambers ‘One of the best and most experienced advocates in charity matters'.
Maxim Cardew Maitland ChambersMaxim is both hugely practical and has great attention to detail.' 
William Hopkin – New Square ChambersExcellent knowledge of charity law.’

Charities in London Bar

Radcliffe Chambers

Radcliffe Chambers‘ clients span the charities sector, including multi-national charities, clubs and housing associations. In a standout highlight, Robert Pearce KC acted for Zedra Fiduciary Services (UK) Ltd in Attorney General v Zedra Fiduciary Services (UK) Ltd, a long-running High Court matter involving The National Fund, which was set up in the 1920s to pay off the United Kingdom's sovereign debt in full, a now-impossible task. Kate Selway KC has extensive High Court litigation experience. Other key names to note include Francesca Quint, who has a mainly advisory practice.

Maitland Chambers

Maitland Chambers has a strong reputation for not only the experience of its members within the charity sector, but also in adjacent sectors which impact the running of charities. Matthew Smith is described by one client as a ‘real star of the charity Bar‘ and was recently involved in Jaffer v Jaffer & others, a membership dispute within the Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheri, a Shia Muslim organisation. Christopher McCall recently represented the Charity Commission in Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust And Others v Derby City Council And Others, a High Court dispute as to whether NHS Foundation Trusts have charitable status. Andrew Westwood KC, who was appointed Silk in 2022, also appeared unled in the a matter regarding Keeping Kids Company, whose collapse in 2015 attracted significant media attention, an important case concerning the role of the directors of charities in financial difficulty.

Testimonials

Set

Maitland is one of the key chambers in this area.’

‘Very good at traditional Chancery work.’

Clerking

‘They are helpful and responsive.’

Work highlights

    Serle Court

    Serle Court offers clients strength in depth in both contentious and non contentious charity work. Instructions in the charity sector form a large part of Jonathan Fowles‘ practice, who is praised for his technical expertise in charity law, recently appeared for the appellant council in Nuffield Health v Merton Borough Council, a case regarding the eligibility for multi-site charities to gain relief from non-domestic rates. William Henderson continues, in his role as junior council to the Treasury, to represent the Attorney General in AG v Zedra Financial Services (UK) Limited, the litigation concerning the fate of the National Fund.

    Testimonials

    Set 

    ‘One of the few chambers with genuine strength in charities, at all levels.’

    ‘Serle Court are always responsive and professional. They are my go to set for charity matters.’

    Clerking

    ‘Unfailingly polite and efficient.’

    ‘Always friendly and thorough.’

    Wilberforce Chambers

    Jonathan Davey KC is a key practitioner at Wilberforce Chambers whose preparation for court is praised by clients, and who is often involved in high-profile and complex charities cases, such as Life Services Ltd v HM Revenue and Customs, where he represented HM Revenue and Customs in a high profile test case concerning the compatibility of the devolution of the UK with EU law in relation to charity taxation. Michael Furness KC‘s charities practice is linked to his trusts practice and often has an international element to it, with both onshore and offshore work.

    Testimonials

     Clerking

    Super efficient service and always kept us fully up to date on progress of matter. Nick Luckman is particularly helpful.’