Ruth Hughes > Chambers of Henry Harrod > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Henry Harrod
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Ruth has a wide-ranging Chancery practice, including both contentious and non-contentious business, focussing on trusts, wills, probate (including family provision and testamentary proprietary estoppel), administration of estates and related taxation and professional negligence, real property, Court of Protection and other claims to do with capacity and setting aside vulnerable transactions. Ruth has taught company law on the Bar Course. She was closely involved with the preparation of Thorner v Majors [2009] UKHL 18. Recent cases include: Re Jones [2014] EWCOP 59; Re Stanley [2014]; Re E [2014] EWCOP 27; Re Meek [2014] EWCOPI; Zarrinkhat v Kamal [2013] WTLR 1477; Bennett v Petit [2013] EWHC 988 (Ch); Abbey Forwarding (in liq) v Hone [2012] EWHC 3525 (Ch), [2012] WLR (D) 375; Re AS; SH v LC [2012] MHLO 113 (COP) an application for a deputyship by a professional; Re King [2010] instructed for the unborn and unascertained beneficiaries of a divorce settlement; Close v Abaowa [2010] EWHC 1920 (QB) beneficial ownership of property, resulting trusts and the presumption of advancement; Re MN [2010] WTLR 1719 with David Rees – the abduction of a mentally incapacitated person from the US.


Called 2007; Member of Attorney General’s C Panel. Lincoln’s Inn. Ruth is an author of headnotes of the ‘Wills and Trusts’ Law Reports; assistant editor of ‘The Elder Law Journal’; regular contributor to ‘TQR’ (Trust Quarterly Review) and ‘The Trusts and Estates Law and Tax Journal’. Qualified mediator (ADR) 2013.


Chancery Bar Association.


Trinity Hall, Cambridge (2006 LLB, first class); Erskine Chambers’ prize for Company Law 2006.