The Legal Cheek View
Barristers at Radcliffe Chambers deal with big-money, complex cases that set precedents and make headlines in the business pages.
This chancery and commercial set was formed in 2006 from the merger of 11 Old Square and 11 New Square. It is based at Lincoln’s Inn, and has more than 60 barristers including 11 QCs. Responding to the 2020-21 Legal Cheek Trainee and Junior Lawyer Survey, a barrister describes the work: “Varied and challenging; complex legal problems, oral advocacy and the challenge of finding practical solutions never fails to stimulate.” Another insider says: “I’m lucky to have a very engaging, often highly challenging caseload― mainly pensions work, including as a junior on several significant cases in the field in recent years.”
Recent cases include a high-profile dispute between siblings over a multi-million-pound family business, and the long-running litigation between British Airways and trustees of one of its pensions schemes.
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. “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.