The Legal Cheek View
Radcliffe Chambers has quietly become one of London’s pre-eminent Chancery players. Having taken on board a host of barristers, including commercial silk Jeremy Cousins QC, from 11 Stone Buildings after it dissolved in 2015, the set now has over 50 members, including five QCs.
Not that Radcliffe lacks history. Formed in 2006 from the merger of the Chambers of Malcolm Waters QC at 11 Old Square and the Chambers of Hedley Marten at 11 New Square, the set in its current guise has a rich pedigree, with a host of Lord Justices of Appeal among its former members.
What The Junior Barristers Say
As well as being a highly respected chancery and commercial set that’s home to some of the big brains of the bar, Radcliffe is one of the most sociable chambers in the Inns of Court.
There are opportunities to meet fellow members of chambers through daily tea and coffee. “About ten barristers go on a daily basis for coffee,” reports junior tenant Andrew Brown. “It’s very informal, and you sometimes just talk about sports, but other times you discuss legal issues from the cases you are working on. When I was a pupil I used it as an opportunity to have many fruitful conversations with silks, which was cool.” Afternoon tea draws a younger crowd. “We talk about funny things at the bar, what we read on Legal Cheek, that sort of thing,” continues Brown.
In addition to these regular get togethers, there are lots of informal get togethers after work ranging from drinks around the pubs of legal London to other events. “We took our pupil to the Proms the other night,” reports Brown.