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Radcliffe Chambers


Barrister specialising in general Chancery; private client, trusts and estates (including taxation), wills, probate, family provision, property litigation, landlord and tenant, commercial and residential property, Court of Protection, revenue, charities. Cases include: Densham-v-The Charity Commission for England and Wales [2019]; Reid-v-Revenue and Customs Commissioners [2018]; Christodoulides-v-Marcou [2017]; Hashmi v IRC (CA); McAdam Properties Ltd v Robinson (CA); Lonsdale v Braisby (HMIT) (ChD); IRC v Arkwright; R v LVT ex parte Sayers; Coombes v HMRC; Elizabeth court (Bournemouth) Ltd v HMRC (ChD); The Serious Organised Crime Agency v Szepietowski [2009-11]; Taff v Highways Agency; Siaw v Lock (ChD) [2011]; Holden Hindley v Holden Hindley (ChD) [2013]; Szepietowski v National Crime Agency (SC) [2013].


Called 1995; Inner Temple. Attorney General’s C Panel (1999-03); B Panel (2003-08); A Panel 2016.




Court of Protection Bar Association; Chancery Bar Association; Charity Law Association. STEP.


Newlands School, Maidenhead; Bristol University (1989 BA (Hons) History 1st); New College, Oxford (1994 D Phil); City University (1994 CPE); ICSL (1995).



Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Charities

(2020 Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Kate Selway QCRadcliffe ChambersA silk with strong academic knowledge.

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‘.

London Bar > Property litigation

(2020 Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Kate Selway QCRadcliffe ChambersKate gives a good solid opinion that you can rely on and she isn’t shy about saying what she thinks. Some barristers are very equivocal which is unhelpful but not Kate. her opinions are clear and easy to follow. She has excellent technical expertise.

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

(2020 Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Kate Selway QCRadcliffe ChambersA high level of in-depth knowledge presented in a straightforward and comprehensible manner for both instructing solicitors and their clients. Approachable and empathetic.