4. Chambers of the Year-Article-201612120839

(L-R): Radcliffe’s John Clark, Piers Feltham, Robert Pearce QC, Fiona Fitzgerald and Simon Williams

Finalists: 39 Essex Street, Essex Court Chambers (highly commended), Hardwicke, Quadrant Chambers, Serle Court, Wilberforce Chambers, XXIV Old Buildings

Radcliffe Chambers was named Chambers of the Year after a successful recent run in which it has taken on 11 new barristers, introduced a case management system and launched a well received events programme, including a mock trial.

The chambers specialises in banking and financial services, charity law, commercial litigation, insolvency, pensions, private client, professional negligence and property. This year it has been involved in a range of high profile litigation, including: Various Claimants v Giambrone; NRAM v McAdam and Hartley; Re Ralls Builders; Dutton v FDR; and King v The Chilterns Dog Rescue.

Recognising the difficulties faced by junior practitioners in breaking into areas such as pensions and banking, the chambers has developed a mentoring programme, which sees its barristers regularly deliver training and advice to junior solicitors.

Radcliffe also continues to make corporate social responsibility and diversity core to its practices. Its members act as trustees to charities, barristers Josh Lewison and Francesca Quint serve as case reviewers for the Bar Pro Bono Unit, and the chambers hosted the 2015 London Association of Women Solicitors summer party.