Join us for Christmas Jumper day 14th December

Magdalen Chambers invite you to enjoy some Mulled Wine and Mince Pies on us in chambers on Friday 14th December between 3.00pm and 5.30pm.  Wear a Christmas Jumper and join members of chambers and clerks in raising money for Save the Children.

It’s the most magical time of year – fairy lights and baubles, snowmen and Christmas trees. And on 14 December, we want it all – on a jumper.

On Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day, all over the country, thousands of people will be donning their daftest, most wonderful woollies – all for a great cause.

Everyone who joins in and gives £2 to take part on 14 December will be making the world better with a sweater.

Members and Clerks of Magdalen Chambers hope to see you and your wonderful jumpers on Friday 14 December!

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Charles Cooper



From November 2018 an online application can be made to the Probate Registry for Caveats or Standing Searches in a deceased’s estate (see: Non-Contentious Probate (Amendment) Rules 2018).

A Caveat enables the applicant to stop a Probate application but is a relatively draconian tool which should only be used where there is a dispute as to who can apply for Probate, or as to the validity or existence of a Will.

A Standing Search gives notification to the applicant when a Grant of Probate has been issued, and a copy of that Grant, which is a more useful tool for Inheritance Act claims where limitation runs from the date of issue of the Grant or where the applicant simply wishes to know the identity of the Personal Representative(s) and the value of the estate.

It seems likely that the use of Caveats and Standing Searches will increase with the introduction of an online application process.

November 2018 

[Charles practised as a Solicitor and Higher Court Advocate before being called to the Bar, and specialises in tax, trusts, wills and probate.]

Gavin Collett is ranked in by Chambers and Partners UK Bar 2019

Many congratultions to Gavin for being ranked by Chambers and Partners 2019 in the area of planning.

Well regarded for his expertise in planning law, with particular specialist knowledge in highways and rights of way. He acts for local authorities, as well as developers and private individuals.
“He is very personable and knows what he’s talking about.”

“He is good on his feet and looks at the client’s problems holistically.”

Rupert Chapman

Rupert Chapman ranked by Chambers and Partners 2019 for Family/Matrimonial

Chambers congratulates Rupert on his second accolade of the week by being ranked by Chambers and Partners.

Rupert is acknowledged for his handling of cases involving matrimonial finance disputes and private law children matters. Many of his cases straddle multiple jurisdictions around the world.
“An excellent advocate who is always willing to go the extra mile for clients. He is very approachable and has an excellent knowledge of family law and procedure.” “Gets to grips with complex matters easily.”

Carol Mashembo ranked by Chambers and Partners 2019 for Family/Matrimonial

Chambers congratulates the second success this week for Carol with the rankings for Chambers and Partner being announced today.

Carol has a diverse family practice encompassing cohabitation disputes, financial remedies and private children law. She has over 15 years’ experience and is used to handling cases that involve dealing with litigants in person. She is increasingly active in litigation relating to same-sex relationships.

“Very organised and very good at cross-examination.” “She is hard-working, very well prepared and very clever. Clients love her.”

Christopher Naish ranked in Band 1 by Chambers and Partners 2019 for Family/Matrimonial

Chambers is delighted to congratulate Christopher for being ranked by Chambers and Partners again this year for his work in the field of Family/Matrimonial Law.

Has a broad practice, acting for guardians, parents and local authorities on private and public children law matters, as well as being able to handle complex financial remedy cases. He is proficient in disputes concerning trusts of land.

“Christopher’s knowledge of family law is second to none and he is an excellent advocate. He also quickly and easily establishes an excellent working relationship with clients.” “Friendly, approachable and effective.”

Nigel Moore ranked by Chambers and Partners 2019 for Employment Law

Chambers are delighted to congratulate Nigel on his ranking in this years Chambers and Partners which are announced today.

Nigel – Band 3

Called to the Bar after a number of years’ practice as a solicitor, and has since acted for both respondents and claimants in a range of contentious employment matters. He is well reputed in the market for his work in whistle-blowing claims and his practice extends to unfair dismissal, race discrimination and age discrimination claims, as well as TUPE, industrial action and restrictive covenants.

“He’s a very experienced in employment and he’s a good technical lawyer.”