Toby Bishop > Chambers of Henry Harrod > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Henry Harrod
5 Stone Buildings
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Toby’s practice encompasses traditional Chancery, private client and property litigation and advice, focussing on: probate; estates; family provision including the Inheritance Act; trusts including trusts of land, constructive, resulting and express trusts; proprietary estoppel; rectification; construction; breaches fiduciary duties; domicile; and other equitable claims including. Recent work includes:

Ninian v Findlay [2019] EWHC 297 (Ch) (relief against the forfeiture rule following a suicide with the assistance of Dignitas); Bhusate v Patel and others [2018] EWHC 2362 (Ch) and [2019] EWHC 470 (Ch) (determining whether the common intention constructive trust analysis applies in an intestacy; and extending the time within which to bring a 1975 Act claim by 25 years); Ramsey v Ramsey [2015] All ER (D) 32 (proving a will notwithstanding the experts’ agreement that T suffered from moderate to severe vascular dementia).


Called 2008, Middle Temple.


Chancery Bar Association, Association of Contentious Trusts and Probate Specialists, Contentious Trusts Associates


Bar Vocational Course: Outstanding, 3rd in order of merit. Advanced International Advocacy Course, Keble, College, Oxford

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London Bar > Set overviews: England and Wales

Field Court Chambers offers barristers with specialisms in employment, family, media, and public law. The set has strengthened its social housing team with the arrival of Alexander Campbell, Clare Cullen, and Sarah McKeown from the now dissolved Arden Chambers. Leaving chambers, Toby Bishop has gone to 5 Stone Buildings, Jason Braier to 42 Bedford Row, and Victoria Flowers to Harcourt Chambers. The clerks’ room is led by senior clerk Ian Boardman, who is supported by deputy senior clerk Mark Townsend and first junior Hayley Walker and acting first junior Andrew Jobson. Offices in: London

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