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Henderson Chambers Offices
2 HARCOURT BUILDINGS, TEMPLE
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Richard Mawrey QC
Company and commercial law, computer law, credit and leasing, financial services and markets, local authority law.
Advocate and legal scholar of over 50 years’ experience who undertakes a very wide range of work at the highest levels; major areas of practice include commercial law; company law; insurance law; shipping (both litigation and arbitration); all aspects of the law relating to computer hardware and software; credit and leasing (litigation, advisory work and commercial drafting for most of the major finance houses); financial services (acting for banks and drafting banking legislation); local authority law (acting for many local authorities including most of the London boroughs in respect of local government finance, competitive tendering and public procurement, planning, traffic control, local authority contracts and employment; and advising Passenger Transport Executives on questions such as financing of development, competitive tendering, privatisation, redundancy schemes, bus companies and the like); human rights; reported cases include: Stubbings v Webb  2 WLR 120, limitation of action; St Albans City and District Council v International Computers Limited  4 All ER 481, computer – whether computer software ‘goods’ within meaning of Sale of Goods Act 1979 and Supply of Goods and Services Act 1982 – measure of damages for breach of contract/unfair contract terms; Finnegan v Parkside Health Authority  1 WLR 411, practice – dismissal of action for want of prosecution – notice of appeal out of time; Royal Bank of Scotland v Etridge (No 2)  UKHL 44, equity – presumption and constructive notice of undue influence – husband and wife – bank charge over matrimonial home – wife receiving legal advice before entering into transaction – principles to be applied in determining whether provision of legal advice rebuts presumption of undue influence and whether bank put on inquiry to ascertain whether wife acted under husband’s undue influence; Foskett v McKeown HL  1 AC 102 – tracing money applied in breach of trust. Delaware Mansions Ltd v Westminster CC  UKHL 55 – nuisance – title to sue – measure of damages; Southern Pacific Securities v Walker  UKSC 32 Consumer Credit Act 1976- definition of ‘credit’ and ‘charge for credit.’
Called 1964; lecturer Magdalen College, Oxford 1964-65, Trinity College, Oxford 1965-69; in practice at 2 Harcourt Buildings, Temple since 1965; QC 1986; Recorder 1986; Bencher of Gray’s Inn 2004; Deputy High Court Judge 1995; Election Commissioner 1994 to date; author ‘Computers and the Law’; Blackstone’s ‘Guide to the Consumer Credit Act’ 2006; Butterworths ‘Commercial and Company Law Handbook’; specialist editor ‘Consumer Credit Legislation’; Butterworths ‘County Courts Precedents and Pleadings’; Bullen, Leake and Jacob’s ‘Precedents of Pleadings’; Butterworths ‘Civil Court Precedents’; and ‘Atkins Court Forms’; Goode: ‘Consumer Credit Law and Practice’. Encyclopedia of Banking.
Oxford University (1963 BA Law First Class Hons; 1964 Eldon Law Scholar; 1967 MA).
Lawyer Rankings(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2
Henderson Chambers is ‘an excellent set for financial services regulatory matters‘ with a selection of ‘highly recommended‘ silks and juniors. There is a strong overlap with its market-leading work on the consumer credit end, and its members are regularly instructed by the major retail banks, financial services companies, and fintech providers. The set offers a wide range of expertise on contentious and non-contentious matters, where senior silks and juniors such as Richard Mawrey QC, William Hibbert and Julia Smith have long held sway. Other names of note include up-and-coming silks Toby Riley-Smith QC and Henry Warwick QC, who took silk in 2020, and Nazeer Chowdhury.
Henderson Chambers is ‘at the forefront of consumer credit‘ and praised for its ‘strength-in-depth and availability‘. Its silks and juniors are ‘always very personable‘ and clients are ‘grateful for the commercial acumen they bring‘. The set is a popular with the major banks and several challenger banks, and members such as Richard Mawrey QC, Julia Smith and William Hibbert are very active on the advisory front. Notable case highlights included Toby Riley-Smith QC‘s advice to Intrum UK Finance on Intrum Finance v Baldwin. Henry Warwick QC, who recently took silk, was also involved in Praetura Asset Finance v Prime Industries.
Henderson Chambers is a ‘good set at 360 degrees’, with a ‘professional and well-organised clerking team.’ The barristers are praised for their great expertise in consumer credit, consumer protection, and finance law. Of particular note in chambers, finance houses and banks are often represented by the highly regarded Richard Mawrey QC, while, in trading standards and product liability law, Nazeer Chowdhury is acting in the VW emissions litigation, and Toby Riley-smith QC was instructed by Whirlpool in the inquiry arising from the Grenfell Tower disaster. Chambers’ members also act in civil and criminal cases with environmental, health and safety, and food safety, and increasingly on government consumer cases, with a focus on FCA instructions.