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Radcliffe Chambers
Radcliffe Chambers


Chancery and commercial practice, specialising in real property and private client litigation, areas of work including land, boundaries, easements, freehold covenants, landlord and tenant, trusts, wills and probate, family provision, administration of estates, contract and commercial disputes, consumer credit and insolvency.


Called 2004; Middle Inn; Guildford Chambers 2005-09; joined Radcliffe Chambers 2009.
Cases of note include: Blue Manchester Ltd v North West Ground Rents Ltd [2019] EWHC 142 (TCC) ; Re Huntley [2014] WTLR 745; Morshead Mansions v Di Marco [2013] L&TR 27 (Ch D) and [2014] 1 WLR 1799; Re Catling [2014] All ER (D) 52; Re Devillebichot [2013] WTLR 1701; Log Book Loans Ltd & Nine Regions Ltd v Office of Fair Trading (CCA/2009/0010 and CCA/2009/0011); R (on the application of Tallington Lakes Ltd) v Grantham Magistrates Court (Queen’s Bench Division, 24th February 2011); Tallington Lakes Ltd v Grantham Magistrates Court [2011] RA 179. Publications of note: A will writer’s work of fiction TELJ 14th November 2014; The perils of assisting with a will, TELTJ May 2014. Seminars: Undue Influence: Equity and Probate compared 2015; Lessons from Morshead Mansions v Di Marco 2014; Costs, Procedure and Tactics in Probate 2014; General Principles of Damages in Property Litigation 201312014; Civil Litigation Costs Benefit Analysis 2013; Economic Duress 2013; A practical approach to risk management in trusts and estates litigation 2011 STEP/Connect 2 Law; Challenging the Validity of Wills 2011 (Connect 2 Law); Protecting Gifts from Challenge 2010 (Solicitors for the Elderly); Contributor to Atkins Court Forms on Education.


Chancery Bar Association.


St Bedes School, Surrey; Magdalene College, Cambridge (2002 MA Law, triple 1st class); Oriel College, Oxford (2003 BCL, distinction).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Property litigation

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 4

Edward HicksRadcliffe Chambers

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.

London Bar > Private client: trusts and probate

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 4

Edward HicksRadcliffe ChambersEdward has a forensic eye for detail able to review complex matters and distil the key details for both lay clients and the Court. He is excellent in getting into a judge’s mind, assessing a claim dispassionately with unerring accuracy.