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Barrister specialising in domestic and international trust, probate and administration of estate disputes, charities and associated professional negligence. Junior counsel to the Treasury in Charity Matters. Recent cases include: Children’s Investment Fund Foundation v Attorney General  EWHC 1379 (Ch) – as to court approval of $360 million grant and role of members of charitable companies; A v D  EWCOP 8 (Charles J) – as to relationship between compromise in the Chancery Division and Court of Protection’s jurisdiction; JSC Aeroflot v Berezovskaya  EWCA Civ 431 – as to administration of estates, receivers and confidentiality; Pitt v Holt  UKSC 26 – in the High Court, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court as to setting aside voluntary transactions; Independent Schools Council v Charity Commission  UKUT 421 – as to how much provision for the poor has to be made by independent schools.
Called 1978, Inner Temple; junior counsel to the Treasury in charity matters since 1995. Bencher, Lincoln’s Inn 2015.
Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS); Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP); Chancery Bar Association.
St Paul’s School, London; Trinity College, Cambridge (1976 BA).
Lawyer Rankings(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1 (Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1
Serle Court offers clients strength in depth in both contentious and non contentious charity work. Instructions in the charity sector form a large part of Jonathan Fowles‘ practice, who is praised for his technical expertise in charity law, recently appeared for the appellant council in Nuffield Health v Merton Borough Council, a case regarding the eligibility for multi-site charities to gain relief from non-domestic rates. William Henderson continues, in his role as junior council to the Treasury, to represent the Attorney General in AG v Zedra Financial Services (UK) Limited, the litigation concerning the fate of the National Fund.