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Radcliffe Chambers
Radcliffe Chambers


Nathan Wells has a wide ranging Chancery practice, which includes wills and trusts, probate and administration of estates, real property, charities, commercial and residential landlord and tenant and bankruptcy law. He is also regularly involved in general commercial litigation and has considerable experience of litigation involving local authorities. His practice includes contentious and non-contentious work. He appears regularly in the High Court and in County Courts throughout the country and he has also acted in a number of appeals, including appeals before the House of Lords and the Privy Council. He writes and lectures on his main areas of practice.


Qualified 2000, Lincoln’s Inn; research assistant, Law Commission (property and trust team) 1998-99; judicial assistant to the President of the Family Division (October-December 2001); judicial assistant to the Vice-Chancellor (January-March 2002). Publications: ‘Tolley’s Practitioners’ Guide to Powers and Duties of Trustees’ (2002), joint author. He has also taught Land Law as a weekend tutor in Oxford. Cases include: London Diocesan Fund v Phithwa (Avonridge Property Co Limited, Part 20 defendant) [2005] 1 WLR 236 (CA); [2005] 1 WLR 3956 (HL); Owers v Bailey [2006] 103 (39) LSG 34; Creque v Penn [2007] UK PC 44; 70 WIR 150; Shaw v Lighthousexpress Ltd [2010] EWCA Civ 161; Ferneley v Napier [2011] WTLR 1303; Green v Eadie [2012] Ch 363; University of London v Prag [2014] EWHC 3564 (Ch).


Chancery Bar Association; ACTAPS; Northern Ireland Bar.


Royal School Dungannon; Pembroke College, Oxford (1997 BA); St Catharine’s College, Cambridge (1998 LLM).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Agriculture

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 1

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London Bar > Property litigation

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

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Real estate litigation is a core focus for Radcliffe Chambers, with members appearing in significant disputes up to Court of Appeal and Supreme Court level, including landlord and tenant litigation, property tax disputes, planning permissions, and commercial property litigation. Instructions are sourced from solicitors alongside a growing number of direct industry instructions. Kate Selway QC regularly acts for government bodies, and offers particular expertise in tax relating to property transactions, representing HMRC in a number of SDLT cases. Edward Hicks represented Morshead Mansions, a tenant-owned landlord company, in a dispute with one of its shareholder-tenants. Howard Smith is a recognised expert on party wall cases, and is heavily involved in cases relating to the 1996 Party Wall Act, successfully representing defendants in an appeal relating to adjoining owner’s liability to contribute to repairs of a defective party wall. Nathan Wells appeared before the Court of Appeal in Borwick Development Solutions Ltd v Clear Water Fisheries Ltd, a case including the analysis of historic English and Roman law in exploring the issue of proprietary rights to live fish. .William Moffett‘s standout involvement is the Bath Rugby case, a dispute concerning the enforceability of a restrictive covenant of 1922 which would prevent the redevelopment of The Recreation Ground stadium.