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HHJ Roger Cooke – Former Head of 11 New Square

Radcliffe Chambers is sad to mark the passing of a much-loved former head of chambers, Roger Cooke. Roger had a heavy practice in the core private client and property areas of chambers, specialising particularly in probate actions.


Charles Woodeson and Christine Woodeson v Credit Suisse (UK) Limited [2018] EWCA Civ 1103

Christopher Boardman successfully argued before the Court of Appeal on behalf of the Respondent that a Judge sitting in the Mercantile Court in Bristol had not erred in granting summary judgment to a bank in respect of a cross-claim for damages brought by mortgagors for negligence and breach of statutory duty following a possession order made against a property.


'Can London pull off a 'Switzerland' for dispute resolution?' - Article by Shantanu Majumdar

Shantanu Majumdar discussed London’s position as a leading centre for dispute resolution following Brexit in a recent article for The Global Legal Post.


Radcliffe Chambers welcomes commercial and insolvency barristers Kate Rogers and Katie Longstaff

Radcliffe Chambers is pleased to welcome two new members, commercial and insolvency barristers Kate Rogers and Katie Longstaff.


“Dreamvar”: Mishcon de Reya appeal allowed in key property fraud liability case

On Tuesday 15 May, the Court of Appeal handed down judgment in the ground-breaking identity fraud case of Dreamvar (UK) Ltd v Mishcon de Reya [2018] EWCA Civ 1082 (heard in February/March together with the appeal in P&P Property Ltd v Owen White & Catlin LLP).


Mark West appointed to be a Judge of the Upper Tribunal

Radcliffe Chambers congratulates Mark West on his appointment by the Queen to be a Judge of the Upper Tribunal.


Income Tax Enquiry Procedures

Kate Selway, a member of the Attorney General’s A Panel of counsel, successfully represented HMRC in two First Tier Tribunal tax appeals (Reid & Emblin-v-HMRC) which concerned the correct procedures to be applied by HMRC under sections 9A and 12AC of the Taxes Management Act 1970 on the opening and closing of enquiries into taxpayers’ self-assessment tax returns, how the enquiry process interacts with carry-back claims for loss relief and the relationship between personal and partnership self assessment tax returns.


Increases to pensions in payment: validity of grant, estoppel and limitation

Keith Rowley Q.C. and Elizabeth Ovey appeared for the principal employer in a Part 8 claim raising questions about the validity of the grant of increases to pensions earned by service before 6 April 1997 and consequential matters.


Will equity will intervene to correct defective execution of a power? – Re Thunder’s Trusts, English v Keats

Marcus Flavin, Justin Holmes, and Josh Lewison all recently appeared in the case of Re Thunder’s Trusts, English v Keats, in which the court was asked to declare that deeds of appointment made 19 years ago and intended to give an interest in possession to beneficiaries in each of three identical settlements should be deemed to be effective, even though a drafting error had resulted in one of the trustees (who was also the settlor of the trusts) not being a party to them.


Determining the priority of payments in an insolvency (Oldham v Katz)

Tina Kyriakides recently acted for the successful appellant in Oldham v Katz (acting as joint liquidator of MK Airlines), a case concerning alleged misfeasance by an administrator in paying administrators’ remuneration.

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