Head of chambers
Mr Keith Rowley QC
Described by the Legal 500 as “a go-to set” for traditional chancery and commercial work. Radcliffe Chambers is a modern set of chambers based in Lincoln’s Inn. We have 55 barristers, including five QCs, with many recommendations in the current editions of Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500 directories.
We are a top-ranked set for charity law and are highly regarded in the fields of real property, trusts and estates, pensions, company and insolvency, consumer credit and mortgages and landlord and tenant. Members also act in the related areas of professional negligence. We provide advice in contentious and non-contentious matters and appear before all levels of courts and tribunals including a specialisation in Court of Protection work.
Candidates should have a strong academic record. You should possess at least a good 2.1 degree (although this does not need to be in law) and be able to demonstrate a clear and genuine interest in practising at the Chancery Bar.
For the pupillage year commencing October 2019, we will offer up to two 12-month pupillages, each of which carries a pupillage award of £60,000, plus any earnings generated during the second six months of pupillage, when you should expect to be undertaking your own caseload as well as completing your pupillage training. We are willing to consider any request for part of the pupillage award to be drawn down during the BPTC year. Chambers also pays for all training courses required during pupillage.
Our members undertake a wide range of traditional chancery and commercial work and we aim to give our pupils as much exposure to our different practice areas as possible. During your pupillage, you will sit with four different supervisors across different practice areas and you will also work with a number of other members, assisting them with their cases. Unlike most other chambers, Radcliffe Chambers has for many years operated a 'super pupil' policy. We have grown considerably in recent years and as a result of this growth we have decided to offer up to two funded pupillages for the pupillage year beginning October 2019, with a view to offering tenancies to both pupils at the end of the year if circumstances permit.
Our pupils are encouraged to gain as much advocacy experience as possible during their second six. In recent years, our second six pupils have been able to undertake a significant amount of their own court work.
Applications must be made by CV and covering letter addressed to our Pupillage Committee and the deadline for applications for the pupillage year commencing October 2019 is 5 January 2018. Your application should highlight (i) any awards or prizes you may have obtained, (ii) your legal experience (such as mini-pupillages, marshalling and other legal work experience), (iii) your experience and achievements in oral advocacy (particularly mooting and other legal advocacy) and (iv) your reasons for applying for pupillage (and, in particular, your reasons for wishing to join Radcliffe Chambers).
We offer a number of unassessed two-day mini-pupillages during the year. Applications are accepted from those in their second or third year of a law degree or on the GDL. Please see our website for further details.
Radcliffe Chambers is a supporter of the Bar Council’s Social Mobility Foundation placement scheme and a partner chambers of the Pegasus Access Scheme run by the Inner Temple.
Banking & finance
Barristers and banks generally cross paths when something costly has gone wrong in relation to a transaction or product.
Traditional chancery includes trusts, probate, real property and tax, while commercial chancery covers a range of finance and business disputes.
Commercial dispute resolution
The commercial Bar covers a range of areas, including banking, sale of goods and shipping, insolvency, civil fraud, and insurance/reinsurance.
Construction & engineering
Contentious construction work involves the resolution of disputes by way of litigation, mediation, adjudication or arbitration.
European Union and international
Employment barristers may appear before the International Court of Justice, the European Court of Human Rights, international tribunals and domestic courts.
Some of the biggest insolvencies have billions of pounds at stake, so there can be lucrative work for barristers.
When parties from different jurisdictions come into conflict over commercial relationships, they may decide that arbitration is the best method of resolution.
Landlord & tenant/housing
Housing/landlord and tenant law embraces all aspects of residential and commercial tenancies covering issues like disrepair, human rights and succession.
Planning law regulates the way property owners use and develop their property in the interests of the wider community.
Clinical negligence is a type of professional liability involving disputes between patients and healthcare providers.
Property lawyers work on a range of transactions and disputes, involving offices, housing, retail developments and industrial units.
Whether it’s EU-originated, domestic or an industry code of conduct, regulation affects all aspects of civil life and commercial activity.
Tax barristers advise and litigate on all aspects of commercial and personal tax issues.