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A leading set specialising in commercial, construction, insurance and property law


"An exceptional barrister with abilities that far surpass his year of call" - Legal 500, 2017

Year of call: 2011


Rupert has a successful commercial, costs, chancery and property practice. He became a tenant in April 2014 and is regularly instructed in FTT Property Chamber, County Court, SCCO and High Court hearings in a variety of matters ranging from mortgage repossessions to Solicitors Act assessments. He also accepts instructions on professional negligence matters in all his practice areas. Rupert is a talented advocate who is equally at home arguing a precise point of statutory construction as he is acting as one of a number of junior counsel in major litigation.

He has a varied client base and prides himself on giving commercially focused
advice backed up by a tenacious manner in court. He is approachable and hard-working.

Rupert is also an ADR Accredited Mediator and a member of a specialist costs mediation panel.

He was appointed Junior Counsel to the Crown (Attorney General’s C Panel) in 2017.


Recent cases

  • Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Trust v McMenemy [2017] EWCA Civ 1941; [2017] 6 Costs L.R. 973 – an appeal in the Court of Appeal led by Nicholas Bacon QC concerning the reasonableness of taking out after-the-event insurance at the point at which solicitors are first instructed.
  • Khaira v Shergill [2017] EWCA Civ 1687; [2017] 5 Costs L.R. 953 – an appeal in the Court of Appeal led by PJ Kirby QC concerning the commencement of detailed assessment proceedings pursuant to CPR Part 47.
  • Awuah v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2017] UKFTT 555 (IAC); [2017] 4 Costs L.R. 615 – a decision of McCloskey J on the power of tribunals to order wasted costs against representatives other than professional advocates.
  • Kitcatt v MMS UK Holdings Ltd [2017] EWHC 786 (Comm) – a further decision concerning statutory interest, costs and payments on account by Males J. Led by Nigel Jones QC.
  • Kitcatt v MMS UK Holdings Ltd [2017] EWHC 675 (Comm) – a two week trial in the Commercial Court before Males J concerning the proper interpretation of a Share Purchase Agreement/existence and terms of a collateral contract. Led by Nigel Jones QC.
  • Demouilpied v Stockport NHS Foundation Trust [2016] EW Misc B40 (CC) – an appeal before HHJ Smith concerning the application of the post-April 2013 test of proportionality to block-rated ATE insurance premiums.
  • Willow Court Management Co v Alexander [2016] UKUT 290 (LC); [2016] L. & T.R. 34 – an appeal on the proper interpretation of Rule 13 of the Tribunal Procedure (First-tier Tribunal) (Property Chamber) Rules 2013 which provides for the recovery of costs in the FTT Property Chamber. Led by Simon Allison.
  • Rosenblatt (A Firm) v (1) TAL Limited, (2) Stamps, (3) Frudd [2016] EWHC 242 (QB) – a one day hearing in the QBD concerning indemnity costs on discontinuance.
  • Stone Rowe Brewer LLP v Just Costs Ltd [2015] EWCA Civ 1168; [2015] 6 Costs L.O. 779 – an appeal in the Court of Appeal led by PJ Kirby QC concerning the proper interpretation/application of ‘special circumstances’ in s.70(10) of the Solicitors Act 1974.
  • McDaniel & Co v Clarke [2014] EWHC 3826 (QB); [2014] 6 Costs L.R. 96 – an appeal from the SCCO before Hickinbottom J concerning the reasonableness of costs under the Solicitors Act 1974.

Qualifications and Academic Background

  • First class degree (Christ Church, Oxford) – 2009
  • Distinction (GDL) – 2010
  • Very Competent (BPTC) – 2011
  • Academic scholar at Christ Church, Oxford
  • Hardwicke, Denning and Bowen scholarships from Lincoln’s Inn

Professional Associations

  • Property Bar Association
  • Chancery Bar Association
  • ADR Group Accredited Civil & Commercial Mediator
  • CADR Mediator
  • CFLA