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London Bar > Media and entertainment (including art and cultural property) Tier 1

The experienced group of art barristers at 5 Stone Buildings act in complex disputes for buyers, sellers, and auction houses. In Gelber v Christie’s, Henry Legge QC represented a claim against Christie’s in relation to the alleged negligent handling of a $100m collection. Luke Harris acts for the claimants in QIPCO and  Sheikh Hamad Bin Abdullah Al Thani v Eskenazi, which concerns the Qatari investment company's purchase of allegedly forged antiquities from a dealer for a combined total of $4.9m. He is also providing English law expert advice for the owner and insurers of a Picasso in a damages claim in the Bavarian courts.

Art and cultural property - Leading Silks

Henry Legge QC - 5 Stone BuildingsExpert in, and in-demand for, art disputes.
Ranked: Tier 1

Art and cultural property - Leading Juniors

Luke Harris - 5 Stone BuildingsLuke is rightly recognised as one of the top juniors in this field and has an impressive case history.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1



‘I have worked with a few art barristers at 5SB and they are all very knowledgeable on this area as well as chancery matters generally.’

‘Very user-friendly.’

‘Wide range of good juniors at all levels offering a good variety of expertise so you can always find someone who is able to deal with your problem.’


‘The clerks are always helpful. Paul Jennings will see to any issues quickly.’

‘Helpful and efficient.’

‘Very responsive and efficient, which is what you want.’

London Bar > Private client: trusts and probate Tier 1

5 Stone Buildings is one of the ‘best traditional Chancery sets.’ In one major case Penelope Reed QC acted for Alan Graham through his litigation friend in a case whereby the court ordered the rectification of four trusts that had been established in the British Virgin Islands Graham v Lynch.  Tracey Angus QC acted for the Michael Cowan Foundation in Cowan v Foreman,  an Inheritance Act claim over an estate worth over £20m with issues concerning time limit extensions. At the senior end the set was strengthened even further when Sarah Haren QC took silk in 2021.

Leading Silks

Henry Legge QC - 5 Stone BuildingsHenry is an outstanding barrister right on top of his game. He throws himself completely into the cases on which he is instructed and gives peerless service to his clients. He is a great lateral thinker and having staked out a different way of tackling a claim pursues this with impressive vigour and effectiveness.
Ranked: Tier 1
Shân Warnock-Smith QC - 5 Stone BuildingsShe is one of the most experienced and respected practitioners in this area. She is able to cut through some of the most complex issues to provide a clear direction and solutions, in terms which clients understand.
Ranked: Tier 1
Tracey Angus QC - 5 Stone BuildingsShe has an impressive grasp of the facts in a longstanding and complex case. Very personable and responsive.
Ranked: Tier 2
Penelope Reed QC - 5 Stone BuildingsPenelope is a phenomenally gifted trusts lawyer. She is not just technically excellent but it is her wealth of experience and impeccable judgement that makes her advice so valuable. She also has a steely edge when necessary, while being a pleasure to work with.
Ranked: Tier 2
David Rees QC - 5 Stone BuildingsDavid's reputation in the trusts, probate and succession disputes arena is thoroughly justified. He is particularly good on knotty problems about construction. His advocacy in measured and very effective.
Ranked: Tier 2
Christopher Tidmarsh QC - 5 Stone BuildingsA superb advocate. He articulates the strengths of the case in pleading and argument so as to appeal to the court. He homes in on the points which will win, anticipating the points which the other side may raise. He is always several moves ahead.
Ranked: Tier 3

2021 Silks

Sarah Haren QC - 5 Stone BuildingsVery calm and measured. She has a depth of knowledge and experience which she brings to bear on every case she's involved in - a manner that reassures clients that she know what she is talking about (which she does).

Leading Juniors

Toby Bishop - 5 Stone BuildingsClever, approachable and excellent at finding solutions for complex issues.
Ranked: Tier 3
Michael O'Sullivan - 5 Stone BuildingsHe provides clear and well-reasoned advice. Incredibly efficient and reliable.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Miranda Allardice - 5 Stone BuildingsShe has a formidable intellect, an ability to assimilate large amounts of information and distil quickly into clear advice. An ability to communicate with clients and put them at ease.
Ranked: Tier 4
Edward Hewitt - 5 Stone BuildingsOne of the few juniors at the Bar who is truly schooled in Chancery drafting and advisory work. He is a delight to work with but, as a litigator, there is a steely core beneath his obvious charm.
Ranked: Tier 4
Jordan Holland - 5 Stone BuildingsHe is exceptionally bright and thinks outside the box. Jordan is very confident and that confidence is well-placed. He has an excellent reputation on his feet in court. His client handling is very good.
Ranked: Tier 4
Ruth Hughes - 5 Stone BuildingsRuth is extremely sharp and goes through issues concisely and clearly. She is also practical in her approach
Ranked: Tier 4
Matthew Paton - 5 Stone BuildingsHe has enormous experience of conducting difficult trust litigation as an advocate and solicitor. He is an excellent tactician and fights extremely hard for his client.
Ranked: Tier 4
Mathew Roper - 5 Stone BuildingsHighly competent and user-friendly.
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 4



This is to my mind is the best set for domestic trusts and probate work. It has great depth of experience and offers fantastic, free seminars for solicitors.’

‘The go to set for trusts disputes.

‘Very impressive from top to bottom. It recruits excellent juniors, who are always very well trained. Everyone there is extremely approachable and hardworking.

The pre-eminent Chancery set.’

‘We rate 5 SB very much, probably one of the top sets, amazing set of barristers and clerks who want to make the transition and working arrangements with the solicitors work properly.


‘The clerks are fantastic (Paul Jennings and Dan Coote in particular).’

London Bar > Court of Protection and community care Tier 2

The ‘fantastic5 Stone Buildings has ‘a number of high quality Court of Protection practitioners at all levels, from very junior to silk.’ Tracey Angus QC is ‘an expert in her field‘ and ‘a brilliant team player‘, with ‘excellent powers of analysis‘. Penelope Reed QC is ‘calm, persuasive, firm and technically excellent‘, and ‘masterful in court, able to handle the most difficult judge‘. David Rees QC and Ruth Hughes appeared for multiple parties in Re ACC & Others, a test case concerning issues of potential conflicts of interest that could arise when a professional deputy instructs their own law firm to carry out work for a person who is subject to a deputyship order. Barbara Rich has extensive expertise in advising on statutory wills and property-related issues. The senior end was bolstered by Sarah Haren QC‘s elevation to silk in March 2021.

Leading Silks

Penelope Reed QC - 5 Stone BuildingsPenelope is a clear and concise silk who provides strong advice.
Ranked: Tier 2
David Rees QC - 5 Stone BuildingsA silk who knows this area of law inside out.
Ranked: Tier 2
Tracey Angus QC - 5 Stone BuildingsTracey is very approachable, and has excellent analytical capabilities. Her client care skills are first-class, and she brings clarity to complex legal issues.
Ranked: Tier 2

2021 Silks

Sarah Haren QC - 5 Stone BuildingsAn exceptionally hardworking new silk, who keeps her composure under pressure.

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2
Mark Baxter - 5 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 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Jordan Holland - 5 Stone BuildingsA junior who remains unflappable and composed, no matter how fraught a case may be.
Ranked: Tier 4
Ruth Hughes - 5 Stone BuildingsA formidable practitioner in the Court of Protection field, who the bench responds well to.
Ranked: Tier 4



It is exceptionally good in its field.’

‘5 Stone Buildings is at the top for private client work.’

A go-to set for difficult Court of Protection work.’

Extremely knowledgeable and proactive barristers.’


‘Always willing to help and go the extra mile.

‘A very responsive and helpful clerking team.’

London Bar > Offshore Tier 4

Praised for its work trusts and financial remedy cases, 5 Stone Buildings has a small but strong team of members dedicated to offshore work. Shân Warnock-Smith QC continues to be involved in major trust and estate cases across the Caribbean, while Penelope Reed QC specialises in trusts, wills, probate and related tax issues, and is acting for the latter party in the long-running Hayward v Bloom and others trusts dispute before the Grand Court of the Bahamas, concerning the estate of the former Wolverhampton Wanderers owner. On the junior side, Matthew Paton remains involved in complex litigation in the Bahamas, and Jordan Holland is noted for his Channel Island practice. 

Leading Silks

Penelope Reed QC - 5 Stone BuildingsSuperb in every way, one could not hope for a better leader.
Ranked: Tier 1
Shân Warnock-Smith QC - 5 Stone BuildingsA leader in her field, and showing a passion for and knowledge of trusts and estates law, we can't help but recommend her to others.
Ranked: Tier 1
Christopher Tidmarsh QC - 5 Stone BuildingsAmazing intelligence coupled with an in-depth knowledge of trust law and principles.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Jordan Holland - 5 Stone BuildingsPhenomenally clever and has great tactical ability.
Ranked: Tier 3
Matthew Paton - 5 Stone BuildingsHas an encyclopaedic knowledge of Bahamian trust law - very persuasive oral communication skills and excellent drafting skills.
Ranked: Tier 3



The clerks’ room led by Paul Jennings is regularly praised. it is efficient but also easy for clients to deal with.

Excellent clerking service.

Dispute resolution > Mediators Tier 4

Penelope Reed QC – 5 Stone Buildings Penelope Reed QC at 5 Stone Buildings 'has a constant and reassuring calmness, sensitivity and empathy, combined with a determination to explore and exhaust all possibilities to achieve a settlement'. Accredited since 2009, her experience includes over 100 mediations, predominantly involving probate claims, trust litigation, applications under the Inheritance Act 1975, and Court of Protection and proprietary estoppel claims.

Miranda Allardice – 5 Stone Buildings In conjunction with her Chancery work, 5 Stone Buildings' Miranda Allardice has developed a successful practice as a specialist mediator, and is 'very good with clients, being sympathetic and realistic in equal measures'. Specialising in probate, Inheritance Act, constructive trust, estoppel and vulnerable elderly claims, Allardice's experience includes over 125 mediations.

London Bar > Private client: personal tax

Leading Silks

Amanda Hardy QC5 Stone Buildings ‘Amanda is outstanding in terms of her technical excellence, in particular in relation to questions of domicile, where she is one of the best in the business. She combines this with a pragmatic and sympathetic approach to difficult situations, which means she is wonderful with clients as well.’
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Oliver Marre - 5 Stone BuildingsHe tackles everything with great enthusiasm. Oliver is very responsive and always strives to provide the best service and most thorough, practical advice to us and our clients.
Ranked: Tier 3

London Bar > Pensions

Leading Silks

Henry Legge QC - 5 Stone BuildingsHenry is highly intelligent, charming in person and has a profound grasp of the issues.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3

London Bar > Tax: corporate and VAT/indirect tax

Tax: corporate - Leading Silks

Amanda Hardy QC - 5 Stone BuildingsAmanda provides thorough and clear advice in a short time frame. She was approachable and user-friendly, continuing to provide input on further questions.
Ranked: Tier 3

London Bar > Company and partnership

Partnership - Leading juniors

Mark Blackett-Ord - 5 Stone BuildingsHe is both charming and ferocious (when needed) as an advocate.
Ranked: Tier 2

London Bar > Property litigation


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.


Senior clerk Paul Jennings
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 QC, Amanda (1993)
Members of Chambers REES QC, David (1994)
Members of Chambers SARTIN, Leon (1997)
Members of Chambers HAREN QC, 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)
Arabella Adams  photo Arabella Adams Called in 2019
Miranda Allardice  photo Miranda Allardice Experienced 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 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 particular emphasis on estates and…
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.…
Emilia Carslaw  photo Emilia Carslaw Emilia joins 5 Stone Buildings in October 2021 following the successful completion…
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…
Miss Charlotte Edge photo Miss Charlotte Edge
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 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 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 photo Henry LeggeBarrister 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…
Francis Ng  photo Francis Ng Francis 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 Paton Matthew 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 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   Chancery barrister specialising in contentious and non-contentious trusts and estates, related…
Leon Sartin  photo Leon Sartin Barrister 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…

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.