The Legal Cheek View
Barristers at Radcliffe Chambers deal with big-money, complex cases that set precedents and make headlines in the business pages.
Pupils are supported, encouraged and well-remunerated. This highly-regarded traditional chancery and commercial set, based at Lincoln’s Inn, has more than 60 barristers including five QCs. One recent high-profile case concerned whether a children’s health charity set up by a wealthy couple could make a $360m grant to a new charity set up by the ex-wife after the couple divorced. Barristers at Radcliffe also acted for the trustee of the Airways Pension Scheme in a major case against British Airways, and for Lloyds Bank in a landmark case regarding equal benefits for men and women. Radcliffe also has a growing reputation in insolvency work. And the chambers has its own mediation suite where business chiefs can resolve disputes without resorting to court.
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.