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Chambers of Penelope Reed
5 Stone Buildings
LINCOLN'S INN
LONDON
WC2A 3XT
England

London Bar > Art and cultural property Tier 1

With experience acting for buyers, sellers and auction houses in complex disputes, the barristers at 5 Stone Buildings are considered a ‘first port of call for contract or art related disputes‘. In Gelber v Christie’s, Henry Legge KC was instructed against Christie’s in relation to its alleged negligent handling of a US$100m collection. Luke Harris is acting for the claimants in QIPCO and Sheikh Hamad Bin Abdullah Al Thani v Eskenazi, a claim for misrepresentation, breach of contract of sale, and negligence connected to the purchase of antiquities claimed to be modern forgeries, valued at a combined total of US$4.9m. In addition, he is acting for a claimant in relation to the recovery of fragments believed to be a part of a valuable Ancient Roman ewer carved in sardonyx.  

Leading Silks

Henry Legge KC5 Stone Buildings  ‘Henry is very experienced in the art business market. He is very good with clients and respects their emotional attachment to art as well as the commercial issues.
Ranked: Tier 1

Testimonials

Set

Good contract law/commercial set. First port of call for contract or art related disputes.

Very good commercial set – the best for contractual disputes and art related claims.

5SB is the go to set for art law.

Extremely strong – 5 Stone Buildings are the leading set in this field.

Clerking

The clerks are great and nice to deal with.

Good – always willing to go the extra mile.

London Bar > Private client: trusts and probate Tier 1

‘Wonderful set’ 5 Stone Buildings is considered by many a ‘go-to set for probate disputes’. The set offers a unique depth in the areas of contentious trust, contentious probate and family provision. ‘Brilliant tactician’ Henry Legge KC is known for his ‘extensive knowledge and forensic attitude’ and recently handled a case on the application of the Human Rights Act to the composition of the class of beneficiaries of a discretionary trust. Shan Warnock-Smith KC is ‘very approachable and easy to work with who handles the full range of trust matters’ and recently advised on obtaining guardianship and receivership orders in the Cayman Islands for a client who had lost capacity. Rose Fetherstonhaugh is also recommended.

Rising stars

Rose Fetherstonhaugh 5 Stone Buildings ‘Rose has an exceptional command of detail and an ability to distill key issues. She is responsive and calm under pressure. Her written advocacy is excellent.’
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Henry Legge KC5 Stone BuildingsHenry's forensic attitude to work and extensive knowledge are his strengths. He is also highly approachable.
Ranked: Tier 1
Shân Warnock-Smith KC5 Stone BuildingsShan is at the absolute pinnacle of her profession in the trust world. She is 100% class and provides expertise on the full range of trust matters from advisory work through to highly contentious trust matters.
Ranked: Tier 1
Tracey Angus KC5 Stone BuildingsTracey is simply exceptional in every way. She is hugely clever and incredible at setting the right course and guiding the team towards the right path in a legally complex and emotionally sensitive case and is outstandingly persuasive on her feet.
Ranked: Tier 2
Penelope Reed KC5 Stone Buildings ‘She has unrivalled experience in traditional Chancery cases. Her style of advocacy is hugely effective: she calmly exudes wisdom but reveals her steely core when necessary.'
Ranked: Tier 2
David Rees KC5 Stone BuildingsDavid is magnificent. He has a fantastic ability to distil complex issues into a clear and persuasive narrative. He is hands-on silk and invests the time to really get to grips with a case which inspires real confidence. His oral advocacy is clear and impressive.
Ranked: Tier 2
Christopher Tidmarsh KC5 Stone Buildings ‘Christopher is an excellent advocate with a razor sharp brain, and a creative and pragmatic approach to strategy. His advocacy in the trust litigation is superb, explaining complex issues and concepts so that they seemed obvious, logical and straightforward.’
Ranked: Tier 3

2021 Silks

Sarah Haren KC5 Stone BuildingsSarah is an exceptionally bright lawyer with an inherent ability to get to grips with complex technical issues quickly. She is a strong advocate who always puts forward the client’s position in the most advantageous way.

Leading Juniors

Toby Bishop5 Stone Buildings ‘Toby is an excellent barrister, providing very thorough and well thought out advice. He has a certain gravitas when dealing with clients, which come across well. He is able to consider other angles and a more lateral approach, as well as raising complex arguments to achieve a strong defence.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Michael O’Sullivan5 Stone Buildings ‘Michael provides clear and reasoned advice on the merits of a case and does so very quickly.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Ruth Hughes5 Stone Buildings ‘Ruth is a technical, pragmatic and a talented barrister. She is an excellent and persuasive advocate, who prepares for her hearings thoroughly and in good time.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Mathew Roper5 Stone Buildings ‘Mathew is extremely knowledgeable, reliable and hard-working. He is an valuable asset in any team and will fight his client's corner.’
Ranked: Tier 4
William East5 Stone Buildings ‘William is a client’s and solicitor’s barrister. He is super bright and brilliant at what he does. He has a calm and clear manner, and his drafting is equally easy to understand.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 4
Edward Hewitt5 Stone Buildings ‘Edward is a true Chancery barrister who has in-depth expertise in not just trust and probate law but the drafting of trusts and will and the practical administration of the same. He is an invaluable source of wisdom to any private client solicitor.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Jordan Holland5 Stone Buildings ‘Jordan has justified confidence in his abilities. He is an excellent lawyer, great litigation tactician and excellent on his feet-even against silks.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Francis Ng – 5 Stone Buildings ‘Francis is a commercially aware barrister who is pragmatic in his advice. He has an excellent rapport with clients. He is a go-to junior on contentious probate matters.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Matthew Paton5 Stone Buildings ‘ Matthew is knowledgable, thoughtful, and considerate of clients' wishes, and always available to answer any questions.’
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Set 

‘5 Stone Buildings is the nicest and most approachable set of chambers. It has fantastic barristers at all levels and are always flexible and accommodating. Its training seminars are useful and on a good range of topics.’

‘5 Stone Buildings is always pleasant to instruct. The expertise of the set is unrivalled in terms of TOLATA work.’

‘5 Stone Buildings is well known in the field of contentious probate and trust work and is the go-to chambers.’

‘5SB has a well-earned reputation for excellence in the area of trust and probate disputes, with both leading silks and junior barristers specialising in this field to a very high degree.’

‘5 Stone Buildings is a leading set in this field. They have good depth of experience at all levels.’

‘5SB have one of the best strength in depth for contentious probate of any set in the capital.’

Clerking

Work highlights

    London Bar > Court of Protection and community care Tier 2

    5 Stone Buildings is ‘a go-to set’ for Court of Protection property and affairs work and has ‘a number of very useable, knowledgeable and high quality counsel’. David Rees KC in Re CI, a cross-border property and affairs case, advised the petitioner’s deputy on the extent of his powers and the steps needed to obtain recognition of his orders in other jurisdictions to protect the petitioner’s interests in the offshore settlements worth £100m.

    Rising stars

    Eliza Eagling   - 5 Stone Buildings 'Eliza is extremely bright and experienced beyond her year of call. She provides a clear and concise advice.'
    Ranked: Tier 1

    Leading Silks

    Tracey Angus KC5 Stone Buildings 'Tracey is very incisive, good at explaining complex and difficult areas of law to the lay client, and writes opinions that are measured and clear to read and understand. She thinks out of box and come up with novel strategies for dealing with complex legal issues on which there are no established case authorities.'
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Penelope Reed KC5 Stone BuildingsPenelope is excellent at cutting through the issues and drilling down to the key points.
    Ranked: Tier 2
    David Rees KC5 Stone Buildings 'David has an outstanding mind and quickly grasps the most complex issues, but then combines that with great communication skills and a practical approach. He focuses on getting a positive outcome by seeking to engage with all parties rather than taking an unnecessarily adversarial approach. He is the number one choice for CoP work.'
    Ranked: Tier 2

    2021 Silks

    Sarah Haren KC5 Stone Buildings ‘Sarah is meticulous in her analysis of the case. She has an excellent manner with the lay client, easily winning their trust.’

    Leading Juniors

    Ranked: Tier 1
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Mark Baxter5 Stone BuildingsHe has an incisive eye and inspires confidence in clients. His advocacy is crisp, and he can rise above the fray to hold the ear of the judge.
    Ranked: Tier 2
    William East5 Stone Buildings ‘William has a great mind, a very calm manner, and is highly respected by colleagues and judges.’
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Ruth Hughes5 Stone BuildingsA formidable practitioner in the Court of Protection field, who the bench responds well to.
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Jordan Holland5 Stone Buildings ‘Jordan is a  junior who remains unflappable and composed, no matter how fraught a case may be.
    Ranked: Tier 4
    Ranked: Tier 4
    Mathew Roper5 Stone Buildings ‘Mathew provides pragmatic advice in tricky situations.’
    Ranked: Tier 4
    Alexander Drapkin  – 5 Stone Buildings ‘Alexander is a gifted barrister who can handle complex property and affairs and health and welfare issues in the Court of Protection. He makes complex and intricate issues simple, and straightforwardly explains his advice.’
    Ranked: Tier 5

    Testimonials

    Set 

    ‘A go-to set in Court of Protection cases. Chambers has a lots of fantastic senior-juniors in particular.’

    ‘Excellent set in Court of Protection work. The set is clearly very committed to this unique area of work, and are extremely experienced in the unusual issues that such work can give rise to.’

    ‘5 Stone Buildings is the pre-eminent set for Court of Protection property and affairs work. Their reputation in this regard is very well deserved.’

    ‘5 Stone Buildings has strength in depth in Court of Protection.’

    ‘5 Stone Buildings has a large number of exceedingly talented and well-respected Court of Protection property and affairs practitioners from KC level to more junior barristers.’

    Clerking 

    ‘The clerks are always extremely personable and willing to have open discussions around timescales and costs.’    

    Work highlights

      Dispute resolution > Mediators Tier 3

      Penelope Reed KC – 5 Stone Buildings  Accredited since 2009, Penelope Reed KC of 5 Stone Buildings is 'a standout star in the field of mediation. She commands 100% universal respect and admiration, and her assessment of a situation is always impeccable. She is always at the top of my list of go-to mediators'. Reed's recent mediations have all involved complex trust and estate disputes.Miranda Allardice – 5 Stone Buildings  5 Stone BuildingsMiranda Allardice is 'extremely knowledgeable, with a pedigree and experience that few can match. She has all the skills you would expect from a seasoned practitioner, which is why she was approached for our mediation, being a somewhat complex dispute'. Allardice is an expert in probate, Inheritance Act, Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act, and estate administration matters.

      London Bar > Private client: personal tax

      Leading Silks

      Amanda Hardy KC5 Stone BuildingsAmanda gives a first rate advice mixed with an incredible ability to make everything sound simple, even to lay clients. She makes herself available at short notice and advises calmly and authoritatively. She carries a very practical approach without losing sight of the technical detail.
      Ranked: Tier 1

      Leading Juniors

      Ruth Hughes - 5 Stone Buildings 'Ruth is incredibly knowledgeable in her field, her drafting is impeccable and her advocacy boils down complex issues clearly for the court.'
      Ranked: Tier 3
      Oliver Marre5 Stone BuildingsOliver is an exceptional communicator. His written advocacy skill is very good.
      Ranked: Tier 3

      London Bar > Pensions

      Leading Silks

      Henry Legge KC5 Stone Buildings ‘A formidable lateral thinker, able to formulate arguments outside the box which others had not alighted on. Very easy to work with and successfully straddles pensions, private client and fine art work.’
      Ranked: Tier 3
      Christopher Tidmarsh KC5 Stone Buildings 'Very bright, calm and unstuffy. User-friendly - tries to find a pragmatic solution.'
      Ranked: Tier 3

      London Bar > Tax: corporate

      Leading Silks

      Amanda Hardy KC5 Stone Buildings ‘Clear, crisp advice on tax and a light-touch and responsive approach to drafting / settling documents.’
      Ranked: Tier 3

      Leading Juniors

      Oliver Marre – 5 Stone BuildingsExtremely sharp, extensive and deep knowledge. A clear communicator. Extremely accessible style and puts clients at ease. Pleasure to work with.’
      Ranked: Tier 2

      London Bar > Partnership

      London Bar > Property litigation

      Leading Juniors

      Patrick Rolfe5 Stone Buildings ‘Patrick has a keen analytical mind and is good at communicating with clients about complex matters in a straightforward, commercial way.
      Ranked: Tier 4

      The English Bar Offshore > The English Bar Offshore Tier 4

      5 Stone Buildings has a reputation within the Chancery field for their width of expertise and depth in areas such as contentious probate and family provision claims. Members of chambers are also well known for their strength in contentious trusts, with standout cases including the long-running Crociani saga, in which Jordan Holland , together with Penelope Reed KC, acted for BNP Paribas Jersey Trust Corporation Limited in a complex breach of trust action in which the beneficiaries of a family trust structure sought the reconstitution of a fund worth an estimated $1bn. Shan Warnock-Smith KC is at the forefront in the field of heavyweight private client disputes and has been involved in many major trust and estate cases in jurisdictions including the Cayman Islands, British Virgin Islands, Bermuda and Hong Kong. Matthew Paton is noteworthy for his extensive experience in high-value complex offshore litigation involving contentious and non-contentious trust and probate matters.

      Testimonials

      Set

      ‘The chambers is good in terms of depth of counsel and they are increasing their visibility in the market with some good events and training.’

      ‘The depth of the set is unsurpassable. There are any number of available counsel to choose from in terms of their capabilities and levels of experience (subject to how busy they can be). I have used a number of juniors for drafting and been impressed by all of them.’  

      ‘5 Stone Buildings specialises in trusts and estates work and therefore has a depth of expertise and experience not found in other sets. its members are in all the big trusts and estates cases both onshore and offshore up to the highest courts. it has been involved in numerous high profile offshore cases in recent years.’

      ‘It is a set which specialises in trusts and estates and is hugely in demand for offshore and onshore work. Its members are in all the big cases. It’s silks appear offshore and onshore in major trust litigation and it has a very able body of juniors.’

      Clerking

      ‘Excellent, helpful, proactive.’

      ‘The clerks have always been helpful and proactive.’

       

      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 HMRC, 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.

       

      DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
      Senior clerk Paul Jennings
      Members of Chambers WARNOCK-SMITH KC, Shân (1971)
      Members of Chambers BLACKETT-ORD, Mark (1974)
      Members of Chambers SIMMONDS KC, Andrew (1980)
      Members of Chambers ALLARDICE, Miranda (1982)
      Members of Chambers REED KC, Penelope (1983)
      Members of Chambers TIDMARSH KC, 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 KC, Tracey (1991)
      Members of Chambers LEGGE KC, Henry (1993)
      Members of Chambers HARDY KC, Amanda (1993)
      Members of Chambers REES KC, David (1994)
      Members of Chambers SARTIN, Leon (1997)
      Members of Chambers HAREN KC, Sarah (1999)
      Members of Chambers ENTWISTLE, Thomas (2001)
      Members of Chambers HARRIS, Luke (2001)
      Members of Chambers PATON, Matthew (2005)
      Member of Chambers BAXTER, Mark (2006)
      Members of Chambers EDGE, Charlotte, (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)
      Member of Chambers 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 FETHERSTONHAUGH, Rose (2016)
      Members of Chambers DOUGLAS, Simon (2018)
      Members of Chambers ADAMS, Arabella (2019)
      Member of Chambers CARSLAW, Emilia, (2020)
      PhotoNamePositionProfile
      Arabella Adams photo Arabella AdamsCalled in 2019
      Miranda Allardice photo Miranda AllardiceExperienced Chancery and Family Finance Barrister and Mediator.  Miranda offers a specialist…
      Tracey Angus photo Tracey AngusBarrister specialising in general Chancery work with an emphasis on equity and…
      Raj Arumugam photo Raj ArumugamRaj has a broad Commercial Chancery practice with a particular emphasis on…
      Mark Baxter photo Mark BaxterContentious and non-contentious traditional chancery practice, with particular emphasis on estates and…
      Toby Bishop photo Toby BishopToby is a contentious Chancery practitioner focused on succession and trusts disputes,…
      Mark Blackett-ord photo Mark Blackett-ordBarrister specialising in trusts, partnership, professional negligence, probate and general Chancery litigation.…
      Emilia Carslaw photo Emilia CarslawEmilia joins 5 Stone Buildings in October 2021 following the successful completion…
      Sam Chandler photo Sam ChandlerJoined chambers after completion of pupillage in 2014. Experience of contentious probate,…
      Hugh Cumber photo Hugh CumberJoined chambers after completion of pupillage in 2014. Spent nine months seconded…
      Simon Douglas photo Simon DouglasCalled 2018
      Alexander Drapkin photo Alexander DrapkinTraditional Chancery practice with experience in a wide range of contentious and…
      Eliza Eagling photoMs Eliza EaglingEliza has a chancery practice specialising in contentious trusts and probate, 1975…
      William East photoMr William EastBarrister with general Chancery practice, including wills and probate, estates and family…
      Charlotte  Edge  photoMiss Charlotte Edge
      Thomas Entwistle photo Thomas EntwistleBarrister with a practice covering all areas of Chancery work including both…
      Rose Fetherstonhaugh photo Rose FetherstonhaughCalled 2016
      Amanda Hardy photo Amanda HardyBarrister – 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 HarrisLuke has a commercial chancery practice and has particular expertise in claims…
      Henry Harrod photo Henry HarrodBarrister specialising in traditional Chancery work including trusts, tax, probate, administration of…
      Edward Hewitt photo Edward HewittEdward has a broad Chancery practice with a particular emphasis on private…
      Jordan Holland photo Jordan HollandGeneral chancery, private client, succession, trusts; Court of Protection; related professional negligence.…
      Ruth Hughes photo Ruth HughesRuth has a private client practice focusing on taxation, trusts and estates…
      Henry Legge photo Henry LeggeBarrister dealing with non-contentious and revenue work as well as litigation; particular…
      Oliver Marre photo Oliver MarreBarrister, Year of call 2011
      Harry Martin photo Harry MartinHarry has experience across the range of traditional Chancery and private client…
      Francis  Ng photo Francis NgFrancis Ng is a chancery practitioner specialising in private client work.
      Michael O'Sullivan photo Michael O'SullivanBarrister whose current practice incorporates: trust litigation and advice both onshore and…
      Matthew Paton photo Matthew PatonMatthew has a wide practice encompassing all aspects of traditional and commercial…
      Penelope Reed photo Penelope ReedBarrister with a wide Chancery practice and a special emphasis on trusts,…
      David Rees photo David ReesBarrister with a traditional Chancery practice encompassing trusts, probate, wills, adminstration of…
      Barbara Rich photo Barbara RichBarrister specialising in trusts and estates litigation, property and affairs jurisdiction of…
      Patrick Rolfe photo Patrick RolfeBarrister with a contentious Chancery practice, specialising in real property. He deals…
      Mathew Roper photo Mathew Roper  Chancery barrister specialising in contentious and non-contentious trusts and estates, related…
      Leon Sartin photo Leon SartinBarrister whose practice covers all areas of Chancery work, with an emphasis…
      Andrew Simmonds photo Andrew SimmondsBarrister specialising mainly in pensions work, but also undertaking litigation in the…
      Christopher Tidmarsh photo Christopher TidmarshBarrister with a wide ranging Chancery practice. Since taking silk, he has…
      Shan Warnock-Smith photo Shan Warnock-SmithBarrister who is an adviser and a litigator in the whole range…
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      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.