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Leading Silks

Jonathan Davey KCWilberforce Chambers 'A dedicated silk who prepares meticulously.'
Robert Pearce KCRadcliffe Chambers 'A charming and accessible silk.'
Simon Taube KCTen Old Square 'His insight, technical analysis and practical approach provides huge value.'
Michael Furness KCWilberforce ChambersHis technical knowledge is second-to-none and his pragmatic approach is much valued.’
Edward Cumming KCXXIV Old Buildings 'Edward is a brilliant strategist and an exceptional advocate.'  
Michael Gibbon KCMaitland Chambers 'He is conscientious and thorough, giving the clients every confidence that they are in safe hands.'

2022 Silks

Andrew Westwood KCMaitland 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.

2024 Silks

Matthew Smith KCMaitland Chambers 'A star: astute, extremely knowledgeable, and very personable.'

Leading Juniors

Jonathan FowlesSerle Court 'One of the very best charity juniors at the Bar. He has an incredible depth of charity law knowledge and produces clear, authoritative advice in a style that clients are able to easily digest.'
Francesca QuintRadcliffe Chambers 'Francesca is a hugely experienced and talented barrister; efficient, responsive and practical.'
Joshua WinfieldRadcliffe Chambers 'A clear strategist, who provides expert, tailored advice.'
Maxim Cardew Maitland Chambers 'Maxim is technically brilliant. He has a first rate mind, is confident on his feet and has full command of his brief.'
William HopkinNew Square ChambersWilliam is an extremely efficient junior. In court, he can quickly disarm even the most dogmatic of opponents. His advice is dynamic and practical.’
Josh LewisonRadcliffe Chambers 'A very personable junior.'

Rising Stars

Ted Loveday - Maitland Chambers 'He has outstanding knowledge of charity law, and his advice is thoughtful and practical.'
Matthew MillsRadcliffe Chambers 'He is extremely client-friendly and exceptional on his feet.'

Charities in London Bar

Maitland Chambers

Leading charity setMaitland Chambers is home to a group of barristers with an excellent track record in handling high-profile charity cases. Michael Gibbon KC and Ted Loveday appeared for the appellants in Mermaids v Charity Commission and LGB Alliance, a challenge by the first charity of the regulator's decision to register the second - the case explored issues of who has standing to challenge the commission's decisions to register a charity. Andrew Westwood KC is regularly instructed by charity trustees and individual charities in a wide range of contentious and non-contentious work, and Matthew Smith KC is ‘an imaginative thinker and eloquent advocate – one of the strongest charity law barristers‘.


Robert Penson is always a pleasure to deal with, and will go out of his way to help where he can.’

Excellent on charity law.’

A good spread of seniority.’

Excellent from top to bottom.’

A well-run set.’

Clerks are responsive and make instructing straightforward.’

Radcliffe Chambers

Radcliffe Chambers is ‘a strong set with strength in depth‘ in the charity law space. The ‘cogentRobert Pearce KC acts for trustees from a wide range of charitable entities, including educational and religious institutions, and Kate Selway KC has expertise in advising on charitable status, charity land and governance and the validity of charitable bequests. Thomas Dumont KC‘s client base takes in national, local and international charities. Among the junior end, Francesca Quint is ‘an outstanding specialist adviser in charity law‘, and Joshua Winfield is also singled out by clients for his ‘deep technical knowledge of charity law‘.


Charles Edwards and George Rushton are both a credit to the chambers.’

Chambers is friendly and proactive.’

An all-round solid set.’

The clerks are helpful, accommodating and ensure good lines of communication.’

Efficient clerks’ room, proactive and responsive.’

The clerks are very accessible and friendly.’

Serle Court

At Serle Court, William Henderson is well-known for his role as junior council to the Treasury regarding a broad spectrum of non-contentious and contentious charity matters, and his recent workload includes appearing before the High Court in Butler-Sloss v Charity Commission and HM Attorney General, a case where the trustees of two charities sought to adopt investment policies seeking to select lower-carbon, but lower-return, investments. Jonathan Fowles has ‘a huge brain‘, and is representing the trustees of a religious charity in a dispute over the ownership and charitable trusts of a site in Abbey Mills in East London, in the context of a dispute within the Tablighi Jamaat Sunni missionary movement.


Clerks are very responsive, helpful and reasonable.’

Very good and efficient clerks.’

The clerks are the most personable, approachable and accommodating that I have come across.’