Henry Legge KC > Chambers of Penelope Reed > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Penelope Reed
5 Stone Buildings
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Barrister dealing with non-contentious and revenue work as well as litigation; particular experience in complex and multi-jurisdictional trusts and estates; probate disputes and pensions law. He has acted for claimants and defendants in professional negligence cases relating to these areas and to many other areas involving complex legal issues or evidence (including a number of cases of actuaries’ negligence). Extensive experience of offshore work. He has an additional area of expertise in cases involving works of art and chattels. His reported cases include: Thywates v Sotherbys [2014]; IBM UK Holdings Ltd v Dalgleish [2014] EWHC 980; Re Nortel Networks Canada (expert witness); Gorbunova v Berezovsky and Wood v Gorbunova [2013] EWHC 1209 and 1935 (also at [2013] 5 Costs LR 713); Avrora Fine Art Investment Ltd v ChristieManson and Woods [2012] EWCH 2198; Trilogy Management v YT Charitable Foundation [2012] JRC 093; Re Coronation of the Virgin, acted successfully for Courtauld Gallery before Spoilation Advisory Panel; Page v West [2010] WTLR 1811; BT Pensions Scheme Trustees Ltd v BT plc [2011] EWHC 3388, [2011] EWHC 2071 and [2010] EWHC 2642; Spencer v S Franses Ltd [2010] (purchase consignment of an important medieval embroidery); Government of Canada v Hertel [2010] EWHC 2305 (Divisional Court); Martin v Triggs Turner [2009] EWHC 1920 and (on a separate point) Times 5.2.08 (negligence claim in relation to drafting of will and administration of estate); Stow v Stow [2008] Ch 461 (family provision); Mubarak v Mubarik [2008] JLR 430 (matrimonial); MT v OT [2008] 2 FLR 1311 (acted as joint expert in this important case on the structuring of orders made under schedule 1 to the Children Act); WF v NF [2007] EWHC 3050; Dellar v Zivy [2008] WTLR 17 (conflicts of law arising on death of French testator with English will where proceedings had been commenced in France); Re Horley Town Football Club [2006] WTLR 1817 (unincorporated associations); Burrell v Burrell [2005] BTC 8011 (principle in Hastings-Bass; Alexander Forbes v Jackson [2005] PLR 33; Francis Bacon litigation; Al-Bassam litigation (multi-jurisdictional probate claim); Re West [2006] WTLR 157 (legal treatment of accounting balances in trust accounts).


Called to the Bar 1993, Middle Temple; QC 2012. Author of the chapter ‘Pensions Schemes’ in ‘Company Directors: Duties, Liabilities and Remedies’ OUP 2013 (2nd Edition), edited by Simon Mortimore QC. Frequently talks on topics within this area of expertise.


Chancery Bar Association; STEP; APL; ACTAPS


Eton College; Worcester College, Oxford (BA Hons); City University (Dip Law).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Pensions

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

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.’

London Bar > Private client: trusts and probate

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Henry Legge KC5 Stone BuildingsHenry’s forensic attitude to work and extensive knowledge are his strengths. He is also highly approachable.

‘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.

London Bar > Art and cultural property

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

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.

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.