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Court of Appeal rules in Barnardo’s pension scheme litigation - Barnardo’s & Ors v Buckinghamshire & Ors [2016] EWCA Civ 1064

Keith Rowley Q.C. and Henry Day acted for the charity Barnardo’s at the hearing of its appeal against last year’s High Court decision that the definition of the term “Retail Prices Index” (RPI) in the governing documentation of the Barnardo’s Staff Pension Scheme did not enable the scheme’s trustees to substitute an alternative index for purposes of pension indexation and revaluation so long as RPI remains an officially published index. Also before the Court was the representative members’ cross-appeal that any such substitution would breach the subsisting rights provisions of the Pensions Act 1995 s.67.


Further victory for HMRC in Icebreaker tax litigation – Bastionspark LLP and others v HMRC [2016] UKUT 0425 (TCC)

Nicholas Macklam acted for HMRC (led by Jonathan Davey QC) in successfully resisting the appeals of various Icebreaker LLPs against a decision given by the First-tier Tribunal in relation to the costs of first instance proceedings.


Andrew Brown joins Radcliffe Chambers as tenant

We are delighted to announce that Andrew Brown has successfully completed his pupillage and is, from today, a tenant of Radcliffe Chambers.


Radcliffe Chambers win Chambers of the Year 2016 at Halsbury Legal Awards

We are absolutely delighted to have won Chambers of the Year 2016 at the Halsbury Legal Awards.


Legal 500 – Radcliffe Chambers ranked again as Top Tier in the 2016 edition

Radcliffe Chambers is again ranked as a Top Tier set in the 2016 edition of Legal 500 and cited as ‘one of the pre-eminent Chancery sets, with an excellent reputation for both private client and commercial work.’  Malcolm Waters QC is described as being ‘An absolute star in the consumer credit world.’


Radcliffe Chambers wins STEP Chambers of the Year 2016

We are absolutely delighted to have won Chambers of the Year at the STEP Private Client Awards event last night.


White v HMRC – unauthorised payments in the pensions context.

Frances Ratcliffe appeared before Judge Thomas Scott in the First Tier Tribunal (Tax Chamber) on 5 September in a case concerning the meaning of unauthorised payments under Part 4 of the Finance Act 2004 in the pensions context.



Judgment given in Ingenious tax litigation – Ingenious Games LLP, Inside Track Productions LLP and Ingenious Film Partners 2 LLP v HMRC [2016] UKFTT 0521 (TC)

Nicholas Macklam successfully acted for HMRC (led by Malcolm Gammie CBE QC) in relation to appeals brought by various Ingenious Media LLPs against amendments made by HMRC to the LLPs’ tax returns. The decision of the First-tier Tribunal in respect of those appeals was handed down recently.


Elliott v Simmonds [2016] EWHC 732 / EWHC 962 (costs)

Oliver Hilton acted for the Claimant in successfully seeking to pronounce for the validity of her partner’s last will, under which she inherited the entirety of his c£2m estate. The Defendant, a secret daughter from a previous relationship who stood to benefit under a previous will, first intimated a positive challenge to the 2012 Will. However once a claim was issued to prove the will, she opted instead to rely on the passive defence under CPR 57.7(5).


Success for HMRC in Icebreaker tax litigation - Acornwood LLP and others v HMRC [2016] UKUT 0361 (UT)

Nicholas Macklam appeared for HMRC (led by Jonathan Davey QC) in this case, in which HMRC successfully resisted the appeals of a number of “Icebreaker” LLPs against a decision given by the First-tier Tribunal in May 2014.

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