Practice Profile

Roger is a specialist in civil litigation.


He was educated at Trinity Hall, Cambridge (Scholar) (M.A., history/law), and was called to the Bar in 1970 (Astbury Scholar, Middle Temple).


He became an Assistant Recorder in 1998 and a Recorder in 2000 and is authorised to sit on civil, crime and family.





Property law, including minerals & mining, commons, town and village greens, enclosures & manors; landlord & tenant; the laws of the Forest of Dean (especially property, mining and forestry); easements and boundaries; trusts of land; highways; markets; agricultural law, including quotas and CAP; negligence relating to conveyancing.


Local government and public law, including powers/duties of Ministers/public bodies/local councils/councillors (including the Code of Conduct)/officials; planning, environment, highways, street trading, housing, housing benefit, gypsies, land acquisition and markets.


Ecclesiastical law, including clergy discipline and Human Rights, lay rectories, burial grounds.


Wills, probate and administration of estates.


Court of Protection, powers of attorney, mental capacity issues


Election law and political parties.


Banking law, including securities, mortgages, guarantees and indemnities


Contracts, including share sale warranties; computer contracts.


Partnerships and companies, including directors' obligations; Building Societies, Friendly Societies and Industrial and Provident Societies; Charities and unincorporated associations; communes.


Professional negligence relating to lawyers, accountants, brokers, financial advisers, valuers and surveyors.




  • Warner v Lewis  [2017] EWCA 2182 (Civ) Court of Appeal, Vos Ch and McCombe & Asplin LJ (Application under The Inheritance (Provision for Family & Dependants) Act 1975 )
  • Warner v Lewis [2016] EWHC 1787 (Ch)
  • Re: Canon B (Church in Wales discipline; whether ecclesiastical criminal law abolished in Wales)
  • Gibbs v Bishop of Manchester (2007) The Times, 25 April 2007
  • Owen v Bishop of Stafford; Bishop of Stafford v Owen [2001] ACD 814
  • Willies Williams v National Trust [1993] 65 P&CR 359
  • Huxtable v Mercantile Credit (1987) The Independent, 17 March 1987
  • Cornish v Midland Bank [1985] All ER 513




President of the Cambridge Union (Lent 1970).

MP for Monmouth 1992-97.

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, DSS 1994-97.




Ecclesiastical Law Society.

Chairman, Friends of the Friendless Churches (registered charity).



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