Penelope Reed QC > Chambers of Henry Harrod > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Henry Harrod
5 Stone Buildings
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Barrister with a wide Chancery practice and a special emphasis on trusts, wills, contentious probate, family provision claims, professional negligence, and tax. Her reported cases include: King v The Chiltern Dog Rescue and Redwings [2015]; Cotton v Earl of Cardigan [2014] EWCA Civ 1312; Loring v Woodland Trust [2014] EWCA Civ 131; Simon v Byford [2014] EWCA Civ 280; Ilott v Mitson [2014] EWHC 54 (Fam); Re Christou Dec’d [2014] EWHC 79 (Ch); Re M [2013] WTLR 681; Green v Astor [2013] EWHC 1857 (Ch); [2013] WTLR 1489; Berger v Berger [2013] EWCA Civ 1305; Burgess v Hawes [2013] (CoA); Suggitt v Suggitt [2012] WTLR 1607; Brudenell-Bruce v Moore and Cotton [2012] EWHC 1024 (Ch) (ownership of paintings and the self-dealing rule); RSPCA v Sharp [2010] WTLR 855 [2010] EWHC 268 (Ch) (construction of will); Alkin v Raymond [2010] 7/5/10 (removal of trustees); Jiggens v Low [2010] EWHC 1566 (deed of appointment under discretionary power Hastings Bass rule); Perrins v Holland [2010] EWCA Civ 840 testamentary capacity); Servoz-Gavin [2010] 1 All ER 410 (privileged wills); Thorner v Curtis [2009] 1 WLR 776; Blackman v Man [2008] WTLR 389 (contentious probate); Goodchild v Bradbury [2007] WTLR 463 (CA) presumed undue influence); Re Harding [2007] EWHC 3 (Ch) (construction of a will); Re Cunliffe [2006] Ch 361 (CA) (family provision claim by the widow of a short marriage); Jones v Jones [2006] WTLR 1847 (execution and delivery of a deed/validity of a will); Price v Williams-Wynn [2006] WTLR 1633 (rectification/excess exercise of powers); Drew v Daniel [2005] WTLR 807(CA) (actual undue influence); Wright v Hodgkinson [2005] WTLR 435 (presumed undue influence); Jennings v Cairns [2004] WTLR 361 (presumed undue influence); Allardyce v Roebuck [2004] WTLR 779 (testamentary options); Uglow v Uglow [2004] WTLR 1183 (CA) (proprietary estoppel); Nathan v Leonard [2003] 1 WLR 827 (forfeiture clauses in wills); and Hitch v Stone [2001] STC 214 (CA) (tax avoidance and sham).


Called 1983, Inner Temple; practised from Chambers of TM Ashe QC at 9 Stone Buildings (1984-2001); from 2001 at the Chambers of Henry Harrod QC; QC 2009; accredited mediator. Co-author of a ‘Practical Guide to the Trustee Act 2000’; co-author of the second edition of ‘Where There’s a Will (negligence in the preparation of wills)’; author of the ‘Annotated Trusts and Estates Law Handbook’; contributor to Butterworths Forms and Precedents (Wills and Trusts); contributor to a ‘Practical Approach to Joint Property’ (published by Tottel); co-author of ‘Inheritance Act Claims: A Practitioner’s Guide’ and ‘Risk and Negligence in Wills, Trusts and Estates’ 2nd Edition 2014 OUP.


STEP; ACTAPS; Chancery Bar Association.


Loughton County High School; King’s College, London (1982 LLB); 1983 Inns of Court School of Law.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Offshore

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Penelope Reed QC5 Stone BuildingsShe offers clear and practical guidance without resorting to overly legalistic analysis.

London Bar > Private client: trusts and probate

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Penelope Reed QC5 Stone BuildingsClear thinker, hugely intelligent but explains principles in a way that can be understood – a brilliant advocate.

London Bar > Court of Protection and community care

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Penelope Reed QC5 Stone BuildingsExtremely measured and a very effective litigator.