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Radcliffe Chambers
Radcliffe Chambers


Chancery, with an emphasis on charities: also education. Recent cases include Sparrow, Came & Websper v Charity Commission and Others (First-tier Tribunal (Charity) (2014); Bangor Provident Trust Limited and Victoria Housing Estates Limited v Charity Commission for Northern Ireland (Charity Tribunal for Northern Ireland) and (on appeal) High Court in Northern Ireland and (Victoria only) Court of Appeal in Northern Ireland) (2013, 2014, 2015); Cifci v Erbil (Chancery Division) (2012); Attorney General v Charity Commission & Others (Upper Tribunal) (2012); R (Independent Schools Council) v Charity Commission & Others (Upper Tribunal) (2011). Numerous non litigation cases involving sensitive matters and high profile organisations.


Called 1970, Gray’s Inn; Lincoln’s Inn ad eundem 1980; member of the Northern Ireland Bar 2013 to date; Government Legal Service (Charity Commission) 1972-89; Assistant Charity Commissioner 1974; Deputy Charity Commissioner (Grade 5) 1984; independent practice at the Chancery Bar practising from chambers in Lincoln’s Inn 1990 and also Exeter 1990-96; bencher of Lincoln’s Inn 2008 to date. Publications: ‘Charities and Charitable Giving’ in Butterworth’s Encyclopaedia of Forms & Precedents; ‘Charities: the Law & Practice’ (Sweet & Maxwell looseleaf). Board member ASPIRE Law LLP; member advisory body, the Almshouse Association.


Chancery Bar Association; Charity Law Association; Clarity; Statute Law Society.


St Paul’s Girls’ School; University of London King’s College (LLB upper second class honours 1969); AKC (credit); Francis Bacon Scholar of Gray’s Inn 1969.


Mensa, the Haslemere Society, Friends of the Royal Academy, Tilford Bach Society.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Charities

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 1

Francesca QuintRadcliffe ChambersShe is a tour de force in the charities sector.

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‘.