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Chambers of Michael Furness QC

8 NEW SQUARE, LINCOLN'S INN, LONDON, WC2A 3QP, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7306 0102
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Fax 020 7306 0095
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311 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
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www.wilberforce.co.uk

Brian Green QC

Tel:
Work 020 7306 0102
Email:
Wilberforce Chambers (Chambers of Michael Furness QC)

Position

  • One of the leading QCs at the Chancery Bar
  • Chambers & Partners Chancery QC of the Year
  • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners Barrister of the Year
  • Consistently star and top rated in Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 directories
  • Equally recognised and recommended for contentious and non-contentious work, and UK and offshore work
  • Featured as Lawyer of the Week in The Times and listed as one of the “Top 50 lawyers” in the UK by The Sunday Times

Wide-ranging experience in Chancery matters Brian specialises in all aspects of:

  • Commercial trusts and other property holding structures
  • Pension schemes – occupational and public sector
  • Private trusts and estates

Career

Called 1980; QC 1997; Bar representative on the Revenue Law Committee of the Law Society, Capital Taxes sub-committee, since 1994; awarded Chancery QC of the Year 2006 Chambers Bar Awards.

Education

Oxford University (double first: both BA and BCL); tenured lectureship in Law at the LSE (taught Restitution on LLM and Trusts and Land law on LLB).


London Bar

Offshore

Within: Leading Silks

Brian Green QC - Wilberforce ChambersA superb intellect with the ability to get to the nub of a matter and provide creative solutions to problems.

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Pensions

Within: Leading Silks

Brian Green QC - Wilberforce ChambersVery experienced and knowledgeable pensions silk who presents with style, and is charming to a fault.

Within: Pensions

Considered the 'pre-eminent set for pensions' by its clients, Wilberforce Chambers ‘is unrivalled in the area of pensions', has 'unparalleled strength-in-depth' and is 'full of iron brains'. In one standout instruction, Brian Green QC acted for the trustees of the BT Pension Scheme  on several issues affecting the pensions of 24,000 members and £2bn liabilities. Meanwhile, in the Court of Appeal, Michael Tennet QC was successful for British Airways in a claim that is considered important in clarifying the roles and responsibilities of trustees. Also of note, Michael Furness QC represents ITV In a case regarding the Box Clever Pension Scheme, which consider's the television network's liabilities for the scheme's deficit.

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Private client: personal tax

Within: Leading Silks

Brian Green QC - Wilberforce ChambersVery willing to go that extra mile and makes himself available.

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Private client: trusts and probate

Within: Leading Silks

Brian Green QC - Wilberforce ChambersHis key strength is his ability to take complex issues and make them digestible – his intellect is truly incredible.

Within: Private client: trusts and probate

The 'impressive' Wilberforce Chambers is a ‘strong set for Chancery advice’ with its ‘top-notch lawyers' who have 'a lot of offshore experience'. Members are instructed by many of the UK's major private wealth firms, as well as those internationally, to act in some of the leading trust cases. In one example, Brian Green QC led in Safeway v Newton on a successful reference to the Court of Justice of the European Union. The fundamental issue at stake was the interaction between domestic law and EU law on trustees powers. In another significant instruction heard before the Court of Appeal, Robert Ham QC  successfully acted for the second defendant in a case whereby a registered charity sought approval to make a grant of $360m to a new charity that had been established by one of its trustees.

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