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Henry Hickman

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Henry’s clients include private clients, privately owned companies, trustees, family offices and offshore law firms. 

His experience covers all aspects of trust disputes, in particular advising trustees in the context of divorce proceedings and beneficiaries on their interests under their trusts when there is contention.  He has advised several clients on claims against their financial advisers, for example, where the clients sued because they were advised to invest in defective tax or investment schemes. He has acted in numerous probate disputes and recently has been involved in several cases brought under the Inheritance (Provision for Family & Dependants) Act 1975. As well as assisting onshore clients, ‎his work has a significant cross-border element.‎

Henry handles the firm's Privy Council agency work and has advised on over 40 appeals and applications for permission to appeal to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.  In common with the firm’s international contentious and non-contentious trusts expertise, Henry has been instructed in most of the high profile and ground breaking appeals to the Privy Council in the sphere of trust law in the last ten years. Henry's practice has given him an unusually large amount of experience of acting for clients in other appellate courts as well as the Privy Council, having overseen several cases through the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court in the UK. 


Henry joined Harcus Sinclair in 2005, becoming a partner in 2015. 


Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS).


1995 – 1998    University of Bristol (BA) – History of Art
1999 – 2001    College of Law, London – CPE and LPC

London: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate

Within: Contentious trusts and probate

Harcus Sinclair LLP ’s team of five partners and six lawyers is led by Damon Parker and the ‘fantasticAlison Meek . Other key figures include Jon Beresford and the ‘extremely impressive’ Lucy Gibson, who is ‘experienced, knowledgeable and can juggle the complexities of various legal systems masterfully’Henry Hickman has particular experience advising trustees in the context of divorce proceedings and for beneficiaries in their interests under trusts when there is a dispute. Parker continues to act for the estate of the late Poet Laureate Ted Hughes, which recently involved copyright issues arising from an attempt by a new biographer of the late Poet Laureate to publish previously unpublished literary material where copyright is owned by the executors of the estate. Other key clients include Bedell Cristin Jersey and the Iraq Britain Business Council.

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