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Chambers of Henry Harrod
5 Stone Buildings

Pensions Tier 1

Leading Silks

Andrew Simmonds QC - 5 Stone BuildingsFirst class on his feet in presenting a case and will stand up to a hostile judge.
Ranked: Tier 1

Private client: trusts and probate Tier 1

5 Stone Buildings is an ‘outstanding chambers for contentious probate and trusts' thanks to it having 'a broad range of barristers who have varying levels of call.’ One client said: 'All of the barristers we have dealt with have been knowledgeable, efficient, approachable, and good advocates.’ In one recent case of note, Henry Legge QC acted for the trustees in a contested removal of the trustees of a series of very large settlements.

Leading Silks

Henry Legge QC - 5 Stone BuildingsQuick to absorb matters, very bright and good tactically on contentious matters.
Ranked: Tier 1
Shân Warnock-Smith QC - 5 Stone BuildingsHas the ability to cut straight to the heart of the problem and to think creatively to find commercial solutions which fit neatly within the client's expectations.
Ranked: Tier 1
Penelope Reed QC - 5 Stone BuildingsClear thinker, hugely intelligent but explains principles in a way that can be understood – a brilliant advocate.
Ranked: Tier 2
Tracey Angus QC - 5 Stone BuildingsA very knowledgeable silk.
Ranked: Tier 3
David Rees QC - 5 Stone BuildingsHis strengths are strategic direction, strong advocacy, and a very approachable and genial personality that is so good with clients.
Ranked: Tier 3
Christopher Tidmarsh QC - 5 Stone BuildingsIs highly intelligent and combines superb analysis of complex legal issues with the ability to explain them very clearly.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Barbara Rich - 5 Stone BuildingsA very efficient junior.
Ranked: Tier 2
Christopher Whitehouse - 5 Stone BuildingsA junior with great experience.
Ranked: Tier 2
Michael O'Sullivan - 5 Stone BuildingsTurns work around very quickly, excellent with clients and has an excellent and broad knowledge.
Ranked: Tier 3
Joseph Goldsmith - 5 Stone BuildingsA highly rated junior.
Ranked: Tier 4
Sarah Haren - 5 Stone BuildingsOutstanding intellectual ability but is also incredibly user-friendly, which is a rare combination – she has a great tactical mind.
Ranked: Tier 4
Mathew Roper - 5 Stone BuildingsGets to the bottom of the evidence and provides good advice.
Ranked: Tier 4
Leon Sartin - 5 Stone BuildingsHe is very approachable.
Ranked: Tier 4

Court of Protection and community care Tier 2

5 Stone Buildings is 'an outstanding set for Court of Protection matters', advising on the full range of property and affairs issues as well as health and welfare applications. Tracey Angus QC advised on a major case which raised complex issues about the interpretation of a testamentary instrument that was made by the Court of Protection. Members regularly represent clients in disputes over issues such as statutory wills and gifts, lasting and enduring powers of attorney, as well as deputyships.

Leading Silks

Tracey Angus QC - 5 Stone BuildingsHighly recommended.
Ranked: Tier 2
Penelope Reed QC - 5 Stone BuildingsExtremely measured and a very effective litigator.
Ranked: Tier 2
David Rees QC - 5 Stone BuildingsA superb silk who gives very clear and practical advice.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Barbara Rich - 5 Stone BuildingsHas the skill of explaining complex issues clearly.
Ranked: Tier 1
Leon Sartin - 5 Stone BuildingsProvides clear advice.
Ranked: Tier 2
Mark Baxter - 5 Stone BuildingsHas good client handling skills.
Ranked: Tier 3
William East - 5 Stone BuildingsHas good instincts for how to run a case.
Ranked: Tier 3
Charlotte Edge - 5 Stone BuildingsA very clever junior of note.
Ranked: Tier 3
Sarah Haren - 5 Stone BuildingsGets a good feel for the case from the get-go and is good with clients pre-trial and during settlement negotiations.
Ranked: Tier 3

Private client: personal tax Tier 2

Leading Silks

Amanda Hardy QC - 5 Stone BuildingsIs a clear thinker.
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Oliver Marre - 5 Stone BuildingsIs an excellent communicator, has a practical and commercial approach and is very accessible.
Ranked: Tier 3
Leon Sartin - 5 Stone BuildingsPays close attention to detail.
Ranked: Tier 3

Company and partnership Tier 2

Partnership - Leading juniors

Mark Blackett-Ord - 5 Stone BuildingsTenacious in cross-examination and forensic in his approach to legal issues.
Ranked: Tier 2

Tax: corporate and VAT/indirect tax Tier 2

Tax: corporate - Leading Silks

Amanda Hardy QC - 5 Stone BuildingsValued for her clarity of thought, responsiveness and willingness to discuss round an issue.
Ranked: Tier 3

Tax: corporate - Leading Juniors

Oliver Marre - 5 Stone BuildingsHe is a first-rate advisor and advocate; he removes the mystique from tax law.
Ranked: Tier 2

Offshore Tier 3

5 Stone Buildings' members continue to appear in Chancery cases across the offshore world. On top of numerous members having experience of trust litigation that sets the agenda in Jersey and Bermuda, Matthew Paton has experience of acting as an expert witness on Bahamian law.

Leading Silks

Penelope Reed QC - 5 Stone BuildingsShe offers clear and practical guidance without resorting to overly legalistic analysis.
Ranked: Tier 1
Shân Warnock-Smith QC - 5 Stone BuildingsShe knows Cayman trust law like no other, she is loved by attorneys island-wide.
Ranked: Tier 1
Christopher Tidmarsh QC - 5 Stone BuildingsVery capable, organised and flexible.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Jordan Holland - 5 Stone BuildingsHe gets stuck in to the issues.
Ranked: Tier 3
Matthew Paton - 5 Stone BuildingsHe has a track record of Bahamian work.
Ranked: Tier 3

Property litigation Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Patrick Rolfe - 5 Stone BuildingsAn extremely good and highly reliable barrister.
Ranked: Tier 4

Mediators Tier 5

5 Stone Buildings' Miranda Allardice's mediations range in subject matter from breach of trust claims to probate, constructive trust and Inheritance Act disputes.

Media and entertainment (including art and cultural property)

The ‘excellent arts team’ at 5 Stone Buildings provide ‘very impressive, expeditious advice’. Henry Legge QC and Luke Harris recently successfully represented the owner of £5m Islamic rock crystal jar in establishing title in interpleader proceedings against Sotheby’s.

Art and cultural property - Leading Silks

Henry Legge QC - 5 Stone BuildingsHe is very bright and good tactically on contentious matters.
Ranked: Tier 1

Art and cultural property - Leading Juniors

Luke Harris - 5 Stone BuildingsA standout junior who is great with technical legal arguments.
Ranked: Tier 1
Jordan Holland - 5 Stone BuildingsHe is a very impressive and knowledgeable barrister.
Ranked: Tier 1

Set overviews: England and Wales

For some, 5 Stone Buildings is ‘the best Chancery set bar none’. Members have an ‘excellent depth of knowledge on contentious probate, trusts and estates, as well as Court of Protection matters’, along with pensions and art and cultural property issues. ‘Even the most junior counsel provides solid advice and there are some big hitters to utilise for experience’ meaning ‘there is always someone available who can assist and who you can trust to have a good client manner’. In recent news, Toby Bishop joined from Field Court Chambers, while David Rees QC has been elected vice chair of the new Court of Protection Bar Association. The clerks' room is one of chambers’ greatest strengths, according to solicitors. Senior clerk Paul Jennings is as well-known as his members and is ‘great at maintaining relationships between his barristers and those instructing them’. Jennings ‘runs a tight ship with humour’ and ‘is always available (and commercially realistic) for the discussion of fees’. First junior Dan Coote and second junior Elliott Hurrell are also recommended for being ‘responsive and agile in their approach’; ‘tell them what you need, and they will always find a way to deliver’. Asked how chambers could improve, one solicitor replied: ‘Hard to say when they are so close to perfection’. Offices in: London


Members of this chambers are specialists in a wide variety of areas, including trusts law, the administration of estates, taxation, real property, landlord and tenant, pensions, charities, partnership, Court of Protection, insolvency, art and cultural property, and all chancery-related commercial matters. Members also advise and act in relation to professional negligence cases associated with these practice areas.

The set: Members of chambers are noted for providing a fast and effective service in both litigation and advisory work, and for their approachability. Members appear in courts at every level, both national and international.

Types of work undertaken: Advice and litigation expertise is provided in cases relating to property, wills, trusts, capital and other taxation and charity matters. Advice is given in relation to onshore and offshore tax planning at the very highest level and members lecture widely in this area, and publish leading works. Members at all levels advise on and deal with contested probate, executorship, Inheritance Act proceedings, estate planning and breach of trust. As counsel for the Inland Revenue, members have appeared in cases covering many aspects of income and capital taxation. Members appear regularly in the Court of Protection and on behalf of the Official Solicitor, in both property and affairs and health and welfare cases.

Occupational pensions are also an area of expertise, with members appearing in leading cases dealing with such issues as trustees duties and pension fund surplus.

Members undertake work in the field of professional negligence, working both for claimants and defendants.

Land law expertise includes disputes relating to conveyancing, land registration, easements, restrictive covenants, status of mortgages, trespass, misrepresentation, mistake and undue influence.

Landlord and tenant work covers creation, renewal and termination of leases, remedies for non-payment of rent, commercial and agricultural tenancies, residential tenancies and long leaseholds.

Chambers offers notable experience in all aspects of partnership disputes, and two members are the authors of a leading book on the subject.


Department Name Email Telephone
Senior clerk Paul Jennings
Members of Chambers HARROD, Henry (1963)
Members of Chambers WARNOCK-SMITH QC, Shân (1971)
Members of Chambers WHITEHOUSE, Christopher (1972)
Members of Chambers BLACKETT-ORD, Mark (1974)
Members of Chambers SIMMONDS QC, Andrew (1980)
Members of Chambers ALLARDICE, Miranda (1982)
Members of Chambers REED QC, Penelope (1983)
Members of Chambers TIDMARSH QC, Christopher (1985)
Members of Chambers O'SULLIVAN, Michael (1986)
Members of Chambers ROLFE, Patrick (1987)
Members of Chambers RICH, Barbara (1990)
Members of Chambers ANGUS QC, Tracey (1991)
Members of Chambers LEGGE QC, Henry (1993)
Members of Chambers HARDY, Amanda QC (1993)
Members of Chambers REES QC, David (1994)
Members of Chambers SARTIN, Leon (1997)
Members of Chambers HAREN, Sarah (1999)
Members of Chambers ENTWISTLE, Thomas (2001)
Members of Chambers HARRIS, Luke (2001)
Members of Chambers PATON, Matthew (2005)
Members of Chambers BAXTER, Mark (2006)
Members of Chambers HUGHES, Ruth (2007)
Members of Chambers NYE, Louisa (2007)
Members of Chambers HEWITT, Edward (2007)
Members of Chambers EAST, William (2008)
Members of Chambers BISHOP, Toby (2008)
Members of Chambers HOLLAND, Jordan (2009)
Members of Chambers ROPER, Mathew (2011)
Members of Chambers MARRE, Oliver (2011)
Members of Chambers DRAPKIN, Alexander (2012)
Members of Chambers MARTIN, Harry (2012)
Members of Chambers CHANDLER, Sam (2013)
Members of Chambers CUMBER, Hugh (2013)
Members of Chambers EAGLING, Eliza (2015)
Members of Chambers FETHERSTONEHAUGH, Rose (2016)
Members of Chambers DOUGLAS, Simon (2018)
Photo Name Position Profile
 Miranda Allardice  photo Miranda Allardice
 Tracey Angus QC photo Tracey Angus QC
 Mark Baxter  photo Mark Baxter
 Toby Bishop  photo Toby Bishop
 Mark Blackett-ord  photo Mark Blackett-ord
 Sam Chandler  photo Sam Chandler
 Hugh Cumber  photo Hugh Cumber
 Alexander Drapkin  photo Alexander Drapkin
Ms Eliza Eagling  photo Ms Eliza Eagling
Mr William East  photo Mr William East
 Thomas Entwistle  photo Thomas Entwistle
 Amanda Hardy QC photo Amanda Hardy QC
 Sarah Haren  photo Sarah Haren
 Luke Harris  photo Luke Harris
 Henry Harrod  photo Henry Harrod
 Edward Hewitt  photo Edward Hewitt
 Jordan Holland  photo Jordan Holland
 Ruth Hughes  photo Ruth Hughes
 Henry Legge QC photo Henry Legge QC
 Oliver Marre  photo Oliver Marre
 Harry Martin  photo Harry Martin
 Louisa Nye  photo Louisa Nye
 Michael O’Sullivan  photo Michael O’Sullivan
 Matthew Paton  photo Matthew Paton
 Penelope Reed QC photo Penelope Reed QC
 David Rees QC photo David Rees QC
 Barbara Rich  photo Barbara Rich
 Patrick Rolfe  photo Patrick Rolfe
 Mathew Roper  photo Mathew Roper
 Leon Sartin  photo Leon Sartin
 Andrew Simmonds QC photo Andrew Simmonds QC
 Christopher Tidmarsh QC photo Christopher Tidmarsh QC
 Shan Warnock-Smith QC photo Shan Warnock-Smith QC

CLIENT: Stephen Richards
TESTIMONIAL: The team at 5 Stone Buildings really are at the top of their game. From the juniors through to the QCs, you know that you will get an excellent service, robust, sensible advice and excellence in both court and around the negotiating table.

CLIENT: Geoffrey Kertesz
TESTIMONIAL: It is hard to think of a chambers that, top to bottom, covers the full spectrum of Chancery work so effectively. Whether your client needs a silk experienced in cross-border trust disputes, a senior junior to provide sage, practical advice, or a junior barrister to handle a discrete matter, 5 Stone Buildings has some of the best barristers for the job. It is also a chambers that moves with the times, as shown by its willingness to bring in new talent at various levels, while simultaneously developing its pupils into effective junior tenants. All this, coupled with an efficient clerks’ room, makes 5 Stone Buildings very much a ‘go to’ set in this area.

CLIENT:  Philip Youdan
COMPANY/FIRM: Cripps Pemberton Greenish
TESTIMONIAL: The team at 5 Stone Buildings consistently delivers exceptional legal advice. This comes from their depth of legal knowledge and their commitment to placing the client’s interests at the heart of their work. It is a pleasure to continue to work with them.