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. His cross-examination in Re Simpson, where the deceased had been the renowned Home Office pathologist, destroyed the widow’s […]

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. Mark was called to the Bar in 1987 by Middle Temple and has practised in the areas of property litigation, trusts and estates disputes and professional liability for over 30 years. He has appeared in such […]

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 […]

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. The increases were purportedly awarded in 1992 and were paid for many years before it was appreciated […]

Restructuring and insolvency junior Matthew Weaver joins Radcliffe Chambers

Radcliffe Chambers is delighted to welcome Matthew Weaver, who previously headed up the insolvency group at St Philips Stone. He brings with him substantial experience in restructuring and insolvency, and general commercial litigation including company law, fraud, asset tracing and professional liability. Matthew was called to the Bar in 2002 and has an active practice in […]

Stephen Acton secures victory for landlord in novel s42 dispute

Stephen Acton represented the successful landlord in a case called Ryan v Vambeck in which Mrs Recorder McAllister handed down judgment in Central London County Court on 25 January. The personal representatives of the deceased tenant had assigned the lease, and the assignee was seeking to acquire a new (90 year) lease of the premises […]

Radcliffe Chambers shortlisted for best barristers’ chambers for training

We are pleased to announce that Radcliffe Chambers has been shortlisted in the Legal Cheek awards for best barristers’ chambers for training. Read the full article here. Please visit the ‘Pupillage‘ and ‘Mini-Pupillage’ pages on our website to find out more information regarding our application process and how to become a pupil at Radcliffe Chambers.