Set Profile > 5 Stone Buildings > London, England

Chambers of Henry Harrod
5 Stone Buildings

Private client: trusts and probate Tier 1

5 Stone Buildings is ‘excellent and one of the leading Chancery sets,’ according to clients. It is a ‘fantastic set that offers an excellent range of counsel with a broad range of experience. It possesses great strength in depth and has a really strong set of juniors, in particular. It is ever-present at events in the trusts and estate disputes world.’ In one major and complex case of note, Tracey Angus QC and Penelope Reed QC were both instructed in Cowan v Foreman, which related to a claim brought by Mary Cowan against the £29m estate of her late husband,  well-known businessman Michael Cowan. The 'very thorough and empathetic' mediator Miranda Allardice, 'star of the futureToby Bishop, 'technically strongRuth Hughes, 'thoughtful and passionateEdward Hewitt, and 'really expert' Jordan Holland all join this year's junior rankings.

Leading Silks

Henry Legge QC - 5 Stone BuildingsHe has a fine legal brain and is very easily approachable. His advice is always of the highest standard.
Ranked: Tier 1
Shân Warnock-Smith QC - 5 Stone BuildingsI couldn't recommend her highly enough for complex, difficult and important trust cases – she really adds valuable international insight and undoubted expertise.
Ranked: Tier 1

Tracey Angus QC - 5 Stone Buildings ‘Is extraordinarily intelligent and a brilliant strategist. She is easily able to gain the trust of clients - a very good advocate and an excellent negotiator.

Ranked: Tier 2
Penelope Reed QC - 5 Stone BuildingsShe is so good. Her practice is on fire.
Ranked: Tier 2
David Rees QC - 5 Stone BuildingsIs hugely knowledgeable and gives very measured and practical advice.
Ranked: Tier 3
Christopher Tidmarsh QC - 5 Stone BuildingsIs a brilliant advocate who is always many steps ahead of his opponents and judges admire his ability to put arguments persuasively.
Ranked: Tier 3

2021 Silks

Sarah Haren QC - 5 Stone BuildingsIs meticulous in her planning when attending mediations/hearings/trials and I have seen her perform well against QC opponents.

Leading Juniors

Barbara Rich - 5 Stone BuildingsHas an encyclopaedic knowledge of this area, she is reasoned, sensible and pragmatic.
Ranked: Tier 2
Christopher Whitehouse - 5 Stone BuildingsVery experienced.
Ranked: Tier 2
Michael O'Sullivan - 5 Stone BuildingsHis advice is clear and concise and written in a fashion easily understood by clients. Has a very good knowledge of contentious trusts and probate and applies it very well to think ahead and formulate strategies from the outset.
Ranked: Tier 3
Miranda Allardice - 5 Stone BuildingsHas a very good bedside manner and is very helpful to her instructing solicitors - she works very much as a team with them and her written word and drafting skills are excellent.
Ranked: Tier 4
Toby Bishop - 5 Stone BuildingsBrilliant strategically and gets to the heart of the matter - he is great with clients and remains calm and unflappable under pressure.
Ranked: Tier 4
Edward Hewitt - 5 Stone BuildingsIs always on hand to provide practical yet commercial advice in the most tricky cases whilst keeping the clients' objectives at the forefront. On his feet he a quick thinker and excellent advocate.
Ranked: Tier 4
Jordan Holland - 5 Stone BuildingsA very talented lawyer who exudes confidence and has one of the best legal brains I have worked with. He is excellent on his feet and a real expert in trusts, wills and estates.
Ranked: Tier 4
Ruth Hughes - 5 Stone BuildingsShe takes on work without blinking. Her turnaround speed is excellent. I trust her practical feel for outcomes.
Ranked: Tier 4
Mathew Roper - 5 Stone BuildingsMathew has excellent attention to detail and is thorough and systematic in his approach.
Ranked: Tier 4
Leon Sartin - 5 Stone BuildingsHe is very bright and has a fantastic feel for cases and clients alike. In short nothing is too much trouble for him. I will always put him on my short list of counsel for the next matter.
Ranked: Tier 4

Court of Protection and community care Tier 2

5 Stone Buildings ‘as a whole is well-known and well-respected for private client and Court of Protection work, particularly property and affairs.’ The set ‘attracts really good quality work because of its expertise.’ Tracey Angus QC has been acting for the attorneys and executors of Lady Bathurst in Re Bathurst. The estate of the late 8th Earl Bathurst is valued in excess of £40m and includes assets of national importance. The case raises complex issues about the construction of a testamentary instrument made by the Court of Protection as well as the ownership of chattels. 'Mr Elder law' David Rees QC rises in this year's rankings, while Ruth Hughes and Jordan Holland are new entrants at the junior end.

Leading Silks

Tracey Angus QC - 5 Stone BuildingsImmerses herself in the detail of a case and she has a knack for quickly getting right to the crux of the issues, and to provide concise, clear and rational advice.
Ranked: Tier 2
Penelope Reed QC - 5 Stone BuildingsA very skilled litigator.
Ranked: Tier 2
David Rees QC - 5 Stone BuildingsHe knows it all, is great in conference, writing and court. Always helpful, always cheerful. Full of ideas - always interested. The best of the best.
Ranked: Tier 2

2021 Silks

Sarah Haren QC - 5 Stone BuildingsIs unflappable and always well-prepared. That's undoubtedly because she is highly intelligent and quickly able to see a forward path or a way around an obstacle. She is quietly authoritative as an advocate, capable of modulating her tone to suit her forum.

Leading Juniors

Barbara Rich - 5 Stone BuildingsA very capable barrister.
Ranked: Tier 1
Leon Sartin - 5 Stone BuildingsIs clear in his advice.
Ranked: Tier 2
Mark Baxter - 5 Stone BuildingsSees potential pitfalls before they arise and is thinking about how they are managed before they do.
Ranked: Tier 3
William East - 5 Stone BuildingsAn effective litigator.
Ranked: Tier 3
Charlotte Edge - 5 Stone BuildingsA very bright junior.
Ranked: Tier 3

Jordan Holland - 5 Stone Buildings ‘Jordan is very intelligent and knowledgeable of the law. He is very confident and not afraid to commit to an opinion or strategy. We would describe Jordan as being strategically savvy, very approachable, straightforward and fun to work with.

Ranked: Tier 4
Ruth Hughes - 5 Stone BuildingsShe is exceedingly bright. She is willing to give clear advice on a way through often evidentially or technically complex matters. In my view, she is a strong and succinct advocate (both on paper and at court).
Ranked: Tier 4

Private client: personal tax

Leading Silks

Amanda Hardy QC - 5 Stone BuildingsGreat with clients. Breaks complex technical matters so that easy to understand.
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Oliver Marre - 5 Stone BuildingsIs incredibly bright and is extremely knowledgeable in relation to the complexities of personal tax law - he is particularly able to take highly complex taxation issues and translate these comfortably for the lay client to understand.
Ranked: Tier 3

Company and partnership

Partnership - Leading juniors

Mark Blackett-Ord - 5 Stone BuildingsHis knowledge is fantastic and he really is a leading authority in partnership law; very diligent and approachable.
Ranked: Tier 2

Tax: corporate and VAT/indirect tax

Tax: corporate - Leading Silks

Amanda Hardy QC - 5 Stone BuildingsVery effective. A fine tax barrister who is great with clients.
Ranked: Tier 3

Tax: corporate - Leading Juniors

Oliver Marre - 5 Stone BuildingsExcellent at legal analysis, a good manner with clients and he is highly responsive.
Ranked: Tier 2


Leading Silks

Henry Legge QC - 5 Stone BuildingsAn excellent pensions silk.
Ranked: Tier 3

Offshore Tier 3

At 5 Stone Buildings – an 'excellent set with a fabulous range of expertise in commercial Chancery and offshore work' – Shan Warnock-Smith QC, Christopher Tidmarsh QC and Penelope Reed QC continue to enjoy good reputations and have a track record of matters including complex cases in the Cayman Islands as well as the Channel Islands. Juniors at the set include former Lennox Paton partner Matthew Paton, who continues to be included in Bahamian litigation, and Jordan Holland.

Leading Silks

Penelope Reed QC - 5 Stone BuildingsVery clear in her advice, calm and pleasant to work with.
Ranked: Tier 1
Shân Warnock-Smith QC - 5 Stone BuildingsShe knows the offshore world better than any of her peers and is particularly widely respected in Cayman.
Ranked: Tier 1
Christopher Tidmarsh QC - 5 Stone BuildingsVery creative and thorough in his advice.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Jordan Holland - 5 Stone BuildingsA supremely talented barrister who really fights his client's corner.
Ranked: Tier 3
Matthew Paton - 5 Stone BuildingsBright, hardworking, sensible and prepared to stand up to the judge.
Ranked: Tier 3

Property litigation

Leading Juniors

Patrick Rolfe - 5 Stone BuildingsExcellent with clients, sharply analytical, eloquent and hard-working.
Ranked: Tier 4

Mediators Tier 5

Penelope Reed QC - 5 Stone Buildings  Since 2009, Penelope Reed QC at 5 Stone Buildings has undertaken over 100 mediations, which have predominantly involved probate claims, trust litigation, applications under the Inheritance Act, and Court of Protection and proprietary estoppel claims. She has recently mediated a number of complex trust and estate disputes.

Media and entertainment (including art and cultural property)

The 'sharp and responsive' 5 Stone Buildings is a go-to set for art and cultural property disputes, acting for private individuals, estates and auction houses across a range of issues. Henry Legge QC primarily represents claimants in cases brought against auction houses, as exemplified by his recent instruction in a claim against Christie's for negligent handling of a sale of a $100m collection. In another highlight, Luke Harris acted for LLG PTE Ltd as co-owner of an artwork in a claim for conversion, breach of bailment, and breach of contract against Inigo Philbrick and his company of the same name.

Art and cultural property - Leading Silks

Henry Legge QC - 5 Stone BuildingsVery sound judgement, taking a macro view of the relative strengths and weaknesses of a case.
Ranked: Tier 1

Art and cultural property - Leading Juniors

Luke Harris - 5 Stone BuildingsVery personable and deeply knowledgeable in relation to bailment/gift issues.
Ranked: Tier 1
Jordan Holland - 5 Stone BuildingsHe has a very good grasp of the area, plenty of experience but also creative in solving problems.
Ranked: Tier 1

Set overviews: England and Wales

5 Stone Buildings is a leading Chancery chambers, with particular strength in trusts and probate and Court of Protection instructions. The set has expanded following the recruitment of Raj Arumugam , previously of 9 Stone Buildings. Also of note, Amanda Hardy QC has been appointed chair of the Chancery Bar.  



All the clerks are fantastic: responsive, friendly and competent.

Clerks I have dealt with are friendly and efficient. I usually deal with Paul Jennings who is both.

Easy to deal with and experienced. They have a good knowledge of the subject matter and are well-versed in matching counsel to a particular assignment.

Efficient and timely. Paul Jennings is always a pleasure to deal with, as is Dan Coote.

Excellent and efficient service throughout and every clerk I liaised with were helpful and dealt with any queries expeditiously.

First-rate clerks, who really understand solicitors’ needs. Paul Jennings and Dan Coote are quite excellent and very personable

Dan Cootes has been very efficient and helpful.

Paul Jennings – excellent, willing to be helpful and pragmatic about how costs are managed, backed up by great juniors, in particular Dan Coote.

Paul Jennings is an excellent senior clerk, approachable and professional.

The clerks are always very helpful and quick to respond to queries. Charlie Firmin always responds promptly and is good at ensuring that matters are progress – such as getting hearings listed.

The clerks are excellent in matching up the strengths of the various counsel with the relevant case matters and are very helpful in making the necessary arrangements!

The clerks go out of their way. Paul and Dan are always attentive and helpful.

They are very helpful and I can often obtain information from them outside their normal course of work.

They are very helpful, especially when you require access to urgent advice.

Top notch both in terms of response times and assistance with document preparation.

We have found the clerks to be generally responsive and always helpful. We would say in particular Paul Jennings has an extremely good manner and understanding of what an instructing solicitor needs. He understands what you need beyond just the legal issues and understands the characters involved and is willing to bend over backwards to help you. He is approachable, responsive, commercially savvy and a pleasure to deal with.


5 Stone Buildings are a fantastic set and they offer an excellent range of counsel with a broad range of experience. They possess great strength in depth and have a really strong set of juniors, in particular. They are an ever-present at events in the trusts and estate disputes world and host a number of events for further professional development and networking. They are my go-to set.

5 Stone Buildings are a very strong set in contentious trusts and probate work.

5 Stone Buildings are an outstanding set able to cover the full range of private client matters. They’re accessible and the go-to set in private client and tax matters.

5 Stone Buildings are my go-to set for contentious probate work. The Chambers does have strength in depth and does have good junior Counsel who can be instructed to advise at short notice and on appropriate cases. Chambers holds regular seminars and webinars which are generally again very much on point.

5 stone Buildings continue to be my first choice for Court of Protection (and contentious trusts and probate having exceptional strength across the subject matter running through their members. They run an interesting and varied educational programme on current topics

5 Stone Buildings has a number of excellent barristers. They offer excellent webinars and seminars.

5 Stone Buildings has some excellent mediators notably Miranda Allardice.

5 Stone Buildings is a leading chancery set. It is definitely a go-to for top barristers in this field.

5 Stone Buildings is a very good set, with some excellent barristers within it. I frequently seek advice there on trusts, tax and property matters, and the people I have dealt with there have all understood the interplay between family law and those specialist areas.

5 Stone Buildings offer excellent training, and their barristers are second to none in the world of Contentious Trusts and Estates.

5SB are a very friendly and approachable set. There is always someone available and willing to help even on a short notice or urgent basis. I never hesitate to approach them and instruct a range counsel from very junior to QC. Their fee estimates are very reasonable and rarely exceeded and clients are always complimentary of their involvement. Training seminars are also excellent and always well attended.

5SB is the ‘go-to’ set for traditional chancery work.

A good choice for chancery litigation, specifically regarding wills and trusts.

A very strong set in relation to contested statutory wills. Also provide excellent training on interesting topics.

All members of chambers with whom I have dealt have been excellent.

Excellent education courses offered which serve to demonstrate the strength and depth of the advice provided by the set as a whole.

Excellent set – one of the “go to” ones for trust and probate. I would say 5 Stone has established itself in the “top tier” of chambers in the area. They have real strength in depth and all of their barristers combine real technical expertise with approachability and a practical approach.

Excellent set of chambers. I always feel in good hands instructing any barrister in chambers.

It is a pleasure to attend seminars and updating courses they arrange throughout the year.

Excellent set, a fabulous range of expertise in commercial Chancery and offshore work.

Excellent strength in depth, in particular on the private client side. Technically astute and very good training courses.

Excellent. I use many junior barristers in the chambers who are of a very high calibre.

Good responsive clerking for a team of renowned experts in their field. A broad range of advocates at the intellectual sharp end of the spectrum who can be relied on to give precise and effective advice. I wouldn’t look elsewhere for tort and bailment disputes.

Good strength in depth at all levels; always good availability of counsel; relevant training offered for free on a regular basis; first-rate clerks, who really understand solicitors’ needs

Great Strength in-depth at this set, excellent alternates have been offered/provided if chosen counsel is unavailable.

Training – available at events and online. Great counsel invariably involved in the leading cases.

Undoubtedly one of the leading sets for this type of work.

Great Strength in-depth at this set, excellent alternates have been offered/provided if chosen counsel is unavailable.

Training – available at events and online. Great counsel invariably involved in the leading cases.

I have also instructed Amanda Hardy QC jointly with Oliver on certain matters and that has worked very effectively – they are a good team.

Leading Contentious Trust and Probate set. One of the go to Chambers in the country.

Responsive, huge breadth of knowledge in COP work, excellent training programmes and business development events

The set is very good indeed – excellent range of counsel, and real strengths there.

There are several very capable counsel doing CoP property and affairs work e.g. David Rees, Tracey Angus,Barbara Rich, Miranda Allardice, Mathew Roper, Jordan Holland, ensuring a good skill set is available much of the time.

They have a broad experience and they attract really good quality work because of their expertise. There are so many people there that we are happy to instruct. They are leaders in their field and reliable across the board.

They have a number of excellent lawyers both for contentious and advisory work

We do a lot of work with this set and regularly instruct both their Queen’s Counsel and junior counsel. Counsel tend to have good availability and considerable expertise in contentious trust and probate.


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 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 HEWITT, Edward (2007)
Members of Chambers EAST, William (2008)
Members of Chambers BISHOP, Toby (2008)
ARUMUGAM, Raj (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)
Members of Chambers ADAMS, Arabella (2019)
Photo Name Position Profile
 Miranda Allardice  photo Miranda Allardice Experienced Chancery and Family Finance Barrister and Mediator.  Miranda offers a specialist…
 Tracey Angus QC photo Tracey Angus QC Barrister specialising in general Chancery work with an emphasis on equity and…
 Raj Arumugam  photo Raj Arumugam Raj has a broad Commercial Chancery practice with a particular emphasis on…
 Mark Baxter  photo Mark Baxter Contentious and non-contentious traditional chancery practice, with a particular emphasis on estates…
 Toby Bishop  photo Toby Bishop Toby is a contentious Chancery practitioner focused on succession and trusts disputes,…
 Mark Blackett-ord  photo Mark Blackett-ord Barrister specialising in trusts, partnership, professional negligence, probate and general Chancery litigation.…
 Sam Chandler  photo Sam Chandler Joined chambers after completion of pupillage in 2014. Experience of contentious probate,…
 Hugh Cumber  photo Hugh Cumber Joined chambers after completion of pupillage in 2014. Spent nine months seconded…
 Simon Douglas  photo Simon Douglas Called 2018
 Alexander Drapkin  photo Alexander Drapkin Traditional Chancery practice with experience in a wide range of contentious and…
Ms Eliza Eagling  photo Ms Eliza Eagling Eliza has a chancery practice specialising in contentious trusts and probate, 1975…
Mr William East  photo Mr William East Barrister with general Chancery practice, including wills and probate, estates and family…
 Thomas Entwistle  photo Thomas Entwistle Barrister with a practice covering all areas of Chancery work including both…
 Rose Fetherstonhaugh  photo Rose Fetherstonhaugh Called 2016
 Amanda Hardy QC photo Amanda Hardy QC Barrister – Year of Call 1993, Silk 2015
 Sarah Haren  photo Sarah Haren Barrister with a practice incorporating a wide range of Chancery work, both…
 Luke Harris  photo Luke Harris Luke has a commercial chancery practice and has particular expertise in claims…
 Henry Harrod  photo Henry Harrod Barrister specialising in traditional Chancery work including trusts, tax, probate, administration of…
 Edward Hewitt  photo Edward Hewitt Edward has a broad Chancery practice with a particular emphasis on private…
 Jordan Holland  photo Jordan Holland General chancery, private client, succession, trusts; Court of Protection; related professional negligence.…
 Ruth Hughes  photo Ruth Hughes Ruth has a private client practice focusing on taxation, trusts and estates…
 Henry Legge QC photo Henry Legge QC Barrister dealing with non-contentious and revenue work as well as litigation; particular…
 Oliver Marre  photo Oliver Marre Barrister, Year of call 2011
 Harry Martin  photo Harry Martin Harry has experience across the range of traditional Chancery and private client…
 Michael O’Sullivan  photo Michael O’Sullivan Barrister whose current practice incorporates: trust litigation and advice both onshore and…
 Matthew Paton  photo Matthew Paton Matthew has a wide practice encompassing all aspects of traditional and commercial…
 Penelope Reed QC photo Penelope Reed QC Barrister with a wide Chancery practice and a special emphasis on trusts,…
 David Rees QC photo David Rees QC Barrister with a traditional Chancery practice encompassing trusts, probate, wills, adminstration of…
 Barbara Rich  photo Barbara Rich Barrister specialising in trusts and estates litigation, property and affairs jurisdiction of…
 Patrick Rolfe  photo Patrick Rolfe Barrister with a contentious Chancery practice, specialising in real property. He deals…
 Mathew Roper  photo Mathew Roper Barrister whose practice covers all areas of traditional Chancery work, with an…
 Leon Sartin  photo Leon Sartin Barrister whose practice covers all areas of Chancery work, with an emphasis…
 Andrew Simmonds QC photo Andrew Simmonds QC Barrister specialising mainly in pensions work, but also undertaking litigation in the…
 Christopher Tidmarsh QC photo Christopher Tidmarsh QC Barrister with a wide ranging Chancery practice. Since taking silk, he has…
 Shan Warnock-Smith QC photo Shan Warnock-Smith QC Barrister who is an adviser and a litigator in the whole range…

CLIENT: Philip Youdan, partner at Cripps Pemberton Greenish
TESTIMONIAL: The team at 5 Stone Buildings consistently delivers exceptional client service and legal advice. This comes from their depth of legal knowledge, their practical approach 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.