Hugh Cumber > Chambers of Penelope Reed > London, England > Barrister Profile

Chambers of Penelope Reed
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Joined chambers after completion of pupillage in 2014. Spent nine months seconded as Judicial Assistant to Lord Neuberger at the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. Experience in all areas of Chambers’ practice including, trust disputes, challenges to the validity of wills, contentious and non-contentious estate administration including related taxation and professional negligence advice, family provision claims, challenges to vulnerable transactions, and proceedings in the Court of Protection.  Hugh has experience in mediation of disputes in his underlying areas of practice.  Hugh acted for the appellant charities in Ilott v Blue Cross [2017] UKSC 17 (led by Penelope Reed QC) the leading case on family provision claims for adult children, and for the taxpayers in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court in the Staveley litigation (led by David Rees QC) an important case on key provisions of the inheritance tax legislation in the context of pensions.


Called 2013, Lincoln’s Inn. Judicial Assistant to Supreme Court and Judicial Committee of the Privy Council 2014/15.  Succession correspondent for Private Client Business. Regular contributor to Trusts & Estates.


Chancery Bar Association, Court of Protection Bar Association, Contentious Trusts Association


BA Oxon, MSt Oxon, GDL City 2012, BPTC City 2013.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Court of Protection and community care

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 5

Hugh Cumber 5 Stone Buildings ‘Hugh provides exceedingly prompt and helpful advice concerning an urgent court application. His advocacy is clear and confident.’

London Bar > Private client: trusts and probate

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

Hugh Cumber 5 Stone Buildings ‘Hugh provides excellent advice throughout all aspects of the litigation, including mediation. He is always on hand to assist with all steps in the process and goes the extra mile to help and assist his instructing solicitors.’