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Chambers of Keith Rowley QC
Radcliffe Chambers

Set overviews: England and Wales

‘Strong in contentious Chancery, private client, contested probate work, pensions litigation, and partnership disputes’, RADCLIFFE CHAMBERS is a ‘chambers of choice’ for some instructing solicitors. The ‘solid’ set has ‘a fantastic spread of barristers, from silks through to very experienced juniors, and to budding juniors at the bottom’, including ‘real specialists in niche fields such as charities’. Since publication of our last guide, Tom Dumont took silk in 2019, commercial barrister Paul Burton arrived from Three Stone, Chancery silk Avtar Khangure QC joined as an associate member, and Mark Mullen was appointed an Insolvency and Companies Court judge. ‘Standout’ chief executive Fiona Fitzgerald provides ‘excellent service’ to clients. The 'experienced, efficient, and helpful’ clerking team is jointly led by senior clerks Keith Nagle and John Clark. The ‘superb' Nagle is ‘a very experienced senior clerk’ while Clark ‘is a particular asset of the chambers; he is responsive, helpful, and understands the needs of those instructing him’. Solicitors also praise deputy senior clerk Lee Wright as ‘another great clerk’; practice managers Justin Allen and Nathan Ellingham ‘are both excellent’; second junior Vincent Carter is ‘always willing to assist and is clear on availability and cost of counsel’; assistant practice manager Bradley Edwards is ‘always very helpful’; while junior clerk Charles Edwards goes ‘beyond call of duty’. Offices in: London

Charities Tier 1

RADCLIFFE CHAMBERS continues to offer an exceptional concentration of expertise in charity law. Its members include a former Deputy Charity Commissioner (Francesca Quint), a former junior counsel to HM Attorney General in charity matters (Peter Crampin QC), and a former standing counsel to the Charity Commission (Robert Pearce QC). In recent work, Pearce QC acted for the trustee of the £500m National Fund in proceedings to determine whether the fund should be applied to reduce the national debt or for other charitable purposes. He also advised the trustees of a large federated national charity on complex reorganisation issues.

2019 Silks

Tom Dumont QC - RADCLIFFE CHAMBERSCharming and has good experienced.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Francesca Quint - RADCLIFFE CHAMBERSRemains a “go-to” choice on any matter where you need an opinion which cannot be challenged.
Ranked: Tier 1

Mark Mullen - RADCLIFFE CHAMBERSA very effective junior.
Ranked: Tier 2

Kate Selway - RADCLIFFE CHAMBERSTakes a robust stance with her opposition whilst providing clear advice to her client, with an empathetic approach
Ranked: Tier 2

Josh Lewison - RADCLIFFE CHAMBERSHugely knowledgeable.
Ranked: Tier 3

Joshua Winfield - RADCLIFFE CHAMBERSPragmatic and highly efficient in turning round opinions.
Ranked: Tier 3

Piers Feltham - RADCLIFFE CHAMBERSVery intelligent.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Silks

Robert Pearce QC - RADCLIFFE CHAMBERSManages to explain complicated issues effortlessly.
Ranked: Tier 1

Peter Crampin QC - RADCLIFFE CHAMBERSAn experienced advocate.
Ranked: Tier 2

Private client: trusts and probate Tier 2

A 'leading set in contentious trusts and probate work, with great expertise at all levels', the 'excellentRADCLIFFE CHAMBERS is praised by clients for 'always having very good quality and bright counsel available when needed, even at short notice' who are 'friendly, approachable and form a real team with instructing solicitors.' Members work across the full range of traditional Chancery matters from Court of Protection issues through to tax, trusts and probate matters. In recent news, chambers added Charles Holbech to its ranks from New Square Chambers.

2019 Silks

Tom Dumont - RADCLIFFE CHAMBERSHis strategic thinking is second to none and his commitment to achieve the best possible outcome for the client is unrivalled.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Piers Feltham - RADCLIFFE CHAMBERSHas a first class knowledge of chancery law. He also has excellent judgement with regard to both tactics and presentation.
Ranked: Tier 2

Katherine McQuail - RADCLIFFE CHAMBERSVery experienced.
Ranked: Tier 3

Daniel Burton - RADCLIFFE CHAMBERSVery bright but also practical and with a good grip on detail.
Ranked: Tier 4

Marcus Flavin - RADCLIFFE CHAMBERSIs great with uncommon/unusual claims.
Ranked: Tier 4

Edward Hicks - RADCLIFFE CHAMBERSExcellent attention to detail and legal analysis, comfortable in conference with lay clients and on his feet in court.
Ranked: Tier 4

Charles Holbech - RADCLIFFE CHAMBERSVery bright.
Ranked: Tier 4

Justin Holmes - RADCLIFFE CHAMBERSStrong powers of analysis, very good with clients in conference, assertive and able in court.
Ranked: Tier 4

William Moffett - RADCLIFFE CHAMBERSIs both a fantastic advocate and very adept on paper.
Ranked: Tier 4

Roger Mullis - RADCLIFFE CHAMBERSMakes himself available at short notice and is ready to field tricky/technical questions.
Ranked: Tier 4

Kate Selway - RADCLIFFE CHAMBERSIs able to translate complex legal concepts into straightforward advice for solicitors and lay clients without being patronising.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Silks

Robert Pearce QC - RADCLIFFE CHAMBERSIs exceptionally clever and very thorough and has a good instinct for the approach that the court is likely to take.
Ranked: Tier 2

Court of Protection and community care Tier 3

RADCLIFFE CHAMBERS is described by some as a 'top set' and a 'good, solid chancery practice' with a number of junior barristers – Justin Holmes and Piers Feltham in particular – well regarded by instructing solicitors due to their knowledge of Court of Protection matters. These include expertise in trusts and statutory wills advice to advising on personal welfare matters such as capacity to marry issues or choice of residential care homes. In one example, Feltham advised on a contested application for a statutory will disposing of a large estate between charities.

Leading Juniors

Justin Holmes - RADCLIFFE CHAMBERSRemains pragmatic throughout to find a solution all of the parties are able to agree to.
Ranked: Tier 1

Piers Feltham - RADCLIFFE CHAMBERSA first-rate advocate.
Ranked: Tier 2

Katherine McQuail - RADCLIFFE CHAMBERSProvides clear advice.
Ranked: Tier 3

Mark Mullen - RADCLIFFE CHAMBERSIs a well-regarded junior.
Ranked: Tier 3

Insolvency Tier 3

Radcliffe Chambers is active in corporate insolvency, with members acting in a variety of litigation and advisory work for creditors, debtors and officeholders. Christopher Boardman is noted for his expertise in cross-border and financial cases, and is currently acting for the defendant liquidators in Cash Generator Ltd v Fortune. n Re HMV Retail Limited and HMV E-Commerce LimitedTina Kyriakides acted for the administrators of HMV Retail and HMV E-Commerce in relation to their appointment.

Leading Juniors

Christopher Boardman - Radcliffe ChambersA very clever and creative thinker; good on his feet but also user-friendly.
Ranked: Tier 1

Adam Deacock - Radcliffe ChambersExtremely bright with a mastery of his brief and very knowledgeable on complex issues.
Ranked: Tier 2

Tina Kyriakides - Radcliffe ChambersVery approachable and hardworking, thorough and focused.
Ranked: Tier 2

Dawn McCambley - Radcliffe ChambersShe is a formidable advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3

Reuben Comiskey - Radcliffe ChambersHe is a very good senior junior.
Ranked: Tier 4

Martin Ouwehand - Radcliffe ChambersVery practical and commercially focused.
Ranked: Tier 4

Catherine Doran - Radcliffe ChambersShe is extremely competent and lends weight to clients' internal teams.
Ranked: Tier 5

Pensions Tier 3

Radcliffe Chambers' workload 'features in an ever-increasing number of the high profile pensions cases'. Recent case highlights include top-tier silk Keith Rowley QC acting for the banks in the landmark GMP equalisation case of Lloyds Banking Group Pensions Trustees Ltd v Lloyds Bank plc & others. He also represented the respondent trustee of the Airways Pension Scheme in British Airways plc v Airways Pension Scheme Trustee Limited with up-and-coming junior Henry Day.

Leading Juniors

Elizabeth Ovey - Radcliffe ChambersHugely experienced pension barrister with a razor sharp intellect who picks matters up very quickly, and is thoroughly dependable when matters have to be turned round promptly.
Ranked: Tier 2

Henry Day - Radcliffe ChambersAn excellent junior; he is calm under pressure, practical and very bright.
Ranked: Tier 3

Wendy Mathers - Radcliffe ChambersA real fighter and someone you would want on your side.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Silks

Keith Rowley QC - Radcliffe ChambersStrides the pensions arena like few others and is rightly lauded as one of the pre-eminent pensions silks.
Ranked: Tier 1

Professional negligence Tier 3

With 'very experienced barristers', Radcliffe Chambers is regularly engaged on professional negligence disputes involving solicitors, barristers, surveyors, valuers, financial practitioners, actuaries, pension consultants, accountants, and auditors. Jeremy Cousins QC and Peter Dodge were involved in the high-profile Dreamvar v Mishcon de Reya. Also of note, Gary Lidington successfully appeared for the defendant in Stevens v Channon, which was a claim brought to enforce the terms of a settlement agreement following the compromise of professional negligence proceedings.

2019 Silks

Thomas Dumont QC - Radcliffe ChambersA superb barrister with a good grasp of the detail.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Peter Dodge - Radcliffe ChambersHe is very user-friendly.
Ranked: Tier 3

Shantanu Majumdar - Radcliffe ChambersHis main strength is his easy to listen to courtroom advocacy.
Ranked: Tier 3

William Moffett - Radcliffe ChambersExtremely thorough and reliable; he is always persuasive with judges and excellent with clients.
Ranked: Tier 4

Elizabeth Ovey - Radcliffe ChambersCalm and unflappable, she has a measured but very effective style.
Ranked: Tier 4

Gary Lidington - Radcliffe ChambersHe is impressive.
Ranked: Tier 5

Dov Ohrenstein - Radcliffe ChambersHe is a skilled tactician and negotiator.
Ranked: Tier 5

Simon Williams - Radcliffe ChambersHe is experienced in professional negligence disputes.
Ranked: Tier 5

Leading Silks

Jeremy Cousins QC - Radcliffe ChambersHe is very experienced.
Ranked: Tier 1

Keith Rowley QC - Radcliffe ChambersVery experienced silk.
Ranked: Tier 2

Property litigation Tier 4

Radcliffe Chambers is ‘able to offer experienced and bright counsel at all levels’. Forming the set’s specialisms are landlord and tenant, property tax, commercial investment, and development disputes, as well as planning permission, auction sales, misrepresentation, and enfranchisement issues. Gary Lidington represented the claimants in Antoniou & Antoniou v Georgallides & Georgallides, a case which concerned ownership of a £5m property in Highgate and involved allegations of a forged trust deed. Another standout instruction saw Howard Smith act on the widely referred to party wall case of Chliachtein v Wainbridge Estates Belgravia Ltd (No.2).

Leading Juniors

William Moffett - Radcliffe ChambersProactive, very bright, efficient and excellent with clients.
Ranked: Tier 3

Marie-Claire Bleasdale - Radcliffe ChambersVery down to earth, approachable, and able to cut to the issues quickly.
Ranked: Tier 4

Gary Lidington - Radcliffe ChambersBrilliant, a good all-rounder.
Ranked: Tier 4

Howard Smith - Radcliffe ChambersHe has a razor-sharp attention to the fine detail of the law.
Ranked: Tier 4

Nathan Wells - Radcliffe ChambersAstonishing attention to detail and handles clients fantastically.
Ranked: Tier 4

Simon Williams - Radcliffe ChambersHe has in-depth knowledge of property law and is a persuasive advocate.
Ranked: Tier 4

Edward Hicks - Radcliffe ChambersHe has an excellent eye for detail, is very top of his papers and prepares very well. He is very client friendly and is enjoyable to work with.
Ranked: Tier 5

Kate Selway - Radcliffe ChambersCrystal clear, enthusiastic, calm and an overall pleasure to work with.
Ranked: Tier 5

Leading Silks

Robert Pearce QC - Radcliffe ChambersAll over the detail, clients find him calm and authoritative.
Ranked: Tier 4

Banking and finance (including consumer credit) Tier 5

RADCLIFFE CHAMBERS has 'excellent strength in depth, particularly in the retail banking sector'. The set fields a selection of high-quality silks and juniors, including Malcolm Waters QC and Mark Fell, with a strong grounding in consumer credit issues and regulatory matters, and those, such as Jeremy Cousins QC, who are highly experienced in broader banking claims.

Leading Juniors

Mark Fell - RADCLIFFE CHAMBERSAn expert in the consumer credit field, superbly responsive and supportive.
Ranked: Tier 2

Chris Boardman - RADCLIFFE CHAMBERSA very approachable barrister who always has a clear strategy on cases from the outset.
Ranked: Tier 3

Elizabeth Ovey - RADCLIFFE CHAMBERSWell regarded for banking litigation.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Silks

Malcolm Waters QC - RADCLIFFE CHAMBERSA top-notch consumer finance barrister.
Ranked: Tier 1

Jeremy Cousins QC - RADCLIFFE CHAMBERSStrong commerciality and excellent detailed legal analysis.
Ranked: Tier 5

Mediators Tier 5

Radcliffe Chambers' Simon Williams was accredited by the ADR Group in 2006. He has significant experience in mediating property and commercial disputes.

Mediators Tier 5

Jonathan Winegarten at Radcliffe Chambers is a former Chief Chancery Master, who was accredited as a civil and commercial mediator by the ADR Group in 2013. Winegarten is experienced in dealing with disputes that come to the Chancery Division.


Radcliffe Chambers is a modern chambers based in historic Lincoln’s Inn. It specialises in business, private client, property, insolvency, pensions and charities.  The achievements of Chambers and its individual members have been recognised in recent years in The Legal Cheek awards, Chambers UK Bar awards, The UK Diversity Legal awards, STEP private client awards, The Lawyer awards, Halsbury Legal awards, Legal Week awards, The British Legal awards, and Solicitor Journal awards. Members of Chambers are regularly involved in the leading cases in their fields and chambers continues to grow its reputation for quality and innovative legal services. Services are supported by a professional and dedicated clerking and management team that provides a transparent and client driven service.

The set: With many members of chambers having been involved in the leading cases in their fields, this chambers continues to grow its reputation for quality and innovative legal services. These services are supported by a professional and dedicated clerking and management team who provide a transparent and client driven service.

Types of work undertaken:  Radcliffe Chambers’ expertise encompasses a wide variety of commercial and chancery litigation and advice, including banking and financial services, charities, contracts, corporate and company, fraud and asset tracing, international arbitration, partnerships and LLPs, pensions, professional liability, real estate, restructuring and insolvency, tax and all manner of private client matters, from trusts, wills and tax, to issues arising in the Court of Protection.

Members sit as arbitrators, mediators and act as counsel in alternative dispute resolutions in the UK and overseas.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior clerks Keith Nagle
Senior clerks John Clark
Chief executive Fiona Fitzgerald
Members of Chambers CRAMPIN QC, Peter (1976, 1993)
Members of Chambers WATERS QC, Malcolm (1977, 1997)
Members of Chambers COUSINS QC, Jeremy (1977, 1999)
Members of Chambers ROWLEY QC, Keith (1979, 2001)
Members of Chambers PEARCE QC, Robert (1977, 2006)
Members of Chambers QUINT, Francesca (1970)
Members of Chambers DI MAMBRO, David (1973)
Members of Chambers NURSE, Gordon (1973)
Members of Chambers ACTON, Stephen (1977)
Members of Chambers OVEY, Elizabeth (1978)
Members of Chambers DUMONT, Thomas (1979)
Members of Chambers STAUNTON, Ulick (1984)
Members of Chambers WILLIAMS, Simon (1984)
Members of Chambers KYRIAKIDES, Tina (1984)
Members of Chambers FELTHAM, Piers (1985)
Members of Chambers SMITH, Howard (1986)
Members of Chambers WEST, Mark (1987)
Members of Chambers MULLIS, Roger (1987)
Members of Chambers McQUAIL, Katherine (1989)
Members of Chambers DEACOCK, Adam (1991)
Members of Chambers DODGE, Peter (1992)
Members of Chambers MAJUMDAR, Shantanu (1992)
Members of Chambers BLEASDALE, Marie-Claire (1993)
Members of Chambers HOLMES, Justin (1994)
Members of Chambers OHRENSTEIN, Dov (1995)
Members of Chambers SELWAY, Kate (1995)
Members of Chambers BOARDMAN, Christopher (1995)
Members of Chambers KEEL, Douglas (1997)
Members of Chambers MOYS, Clive (1998)
Members of Chambers MOFFETT, William (2000)
Members of Chambers WELLS, Nathan (2000)
Members of Chambers LIDINGTON, Gary (2000)
Members of Chambers MULLEN, Mark (2001)
Members of Chambers WINFIELD, Joshua (2001)
Members of Chambers FLAVIN, Marcus (2001)
Members of Chambers RATCLIFFE, Frances (2002)
Members of Chambers COMISKEY, Reuben (2002)
Members of Chambers OUWEHAND, Martin (2002)
Members of Chambers HILTON, Oliver (2002)
Members of Chambers BEASLEY, Tom (2003)
Members of Chambers BARRETT, Steven (2003)
Members of Chambers BUCKLEY, Christopher (2004)
Members of Chambers FELL, Mark (2004)
Members of Chambers HICKS, Edward (2004)
Members of Chambers LEWISON, Josh (2005)
Members of Chambers MATHERS, Wendy (2005)
Members of Chambers McCAMBLEY, Dawn (2005)
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