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Chambers of Henry Harrod

LINCOLN'S INN, LONDON, WC2A 3XT, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7242 6201
Fax:
Fax 020 7831 8102
DX:
304 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
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Web:
www.5sblaw.com

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

For some, 5 Stone Buildings is ‘the best Chancery set bar none’. Members have an ‘excellent depth of knowledge on contentious probate, trusts and estates, as well as Court of Protection matters’, along with pensions and art and cultural property issues. ‘Even the most junior counsel provides solid advice and there are some big hitters to utilise for experience’ meaning ‘there is always someone available who can assist and who you can trust to have a good client manner’. In recent news, Toby Bishop joined from Field Court Chambers, while David Rees QC has been elected vice chair of the new Court of Protection Bar Association. The clerks' room is one of chambers’ greatest strengths, according to solicitors. Senior clerk Paul Jennings is as well-known as his members and is ‘great at maintaining relationships between his barristers and those instructing them’. Jennings ‘runs a tight ship with humour’ and ‘is always available (and commercially realistic) for the discussion of fees’. First junior Dan Coote and second junior Elliott Hurrell are also recommended for being ‘responsive and agile in their approach’; ‘tell them what you need, and they will always find a way to deliver’. Asked how chambers could improve, one solicitor replied: ‘Hard to say when they are so close to perfection’. Offices in: London

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London Bar

Company and partnership
Partnership - Leading juniors

Mark Blackett-Ord - 5 Stone BuildingsTenacious in cross-examination and forensic in his approach to legal issues.

Ranked: tier 2

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Court of Protection and community care
Court of Protection and community care - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

5 Stone Buildings

5 Stone Buildings is 'an outstanding set for Court of Protection matters', advising on the full range of property and affairs issues as well as health and welfare applications. Tracey Angus QC advised on a major case which raised complex issues about the interpretation of a testamentary instrument that was made by the Court of Protection. Members regularly represent clients in disputes over issues such as statutory wills and gifts, lasting and enduring powers of attorney, as well as deputyships.

Leading Silks

Penelope Reed QC - 5 Stone BuildingsExtremely measured and a very effective litigator.

Ranked: tier 2

Tracey Angus QC - 5 Stone BuildingsHighly recommended.

Ranked: tier 2

David Rees QC - 5 Stone BuildingsA superb silk who gives very clear and practical advice.

Ranked: tier 3
Leading Juniors

Barbara Rich - 5 Stone BuildingsHas the skill of explaining complex issues clearly.

Ranked: tier 1

Leon Sartin - 5 Stone BuildingsProvides clear advice.

Ranked: tier 2

Charlotte Edge - 5 Stone BuildingsA very clever junior of note.

Ranked: tier 3

Mark Baxter - 5 Stone BuildingsHas good client handling skills.

Ranked: tier 3

Sarah Haren - 5 Stone BuildingsGets a good feel for the case from the get-go and is good with clients pre-trial and during settlement negotiations.

Ranked: tier 3

William East - 5 Stone BuildingsHas good instincts for how to run a case.

Ranked: tier 3

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Media and entertainment (including art and cultural property)
Art and cultural property - ranked: tier 1

5 Stone Buildings

The ‘excellent arts team’ at 5 Stone Buildings provide ‘very impressive, expeditious advice’. Henry Legge QC and Luke Harris recently successfully represented the owner of £5m Islamic rock crystal jar in establishing title in interpleader proceedings against Sotheby’s.

Art and cultural property - Leading Silks

Henry Legge QC - 5 Stone BuildingsHe is very bright and good tactically on contentious matters.

Ranked: tier 1
Art and cultural property - Leading Juniors

Jordan Holland - 5 Stone BuildingsHe is a very impressive and knowledgeable barrister.

Ranked: tier 1

Luke Harris - 5 Stone BuildingsA standout junior who is great with technical legal arguments.

Ranked: tier 1

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Offshore
Offshore - Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

5 Stone Buildings

5 Stone Buildings' members continue to appear in Chancery cases across the offshore world. On top of numerous members having experience of trust litigation that sets the agenda in Jersey and Bermuda, Matthew Paton has experience of acting as an expert witness on Bahamian law.

Leading Silks

Penelope Reed QC - 5 Stone BuildingsShe offers clear and practical guidance without resorting to overly legalistic analysis.

Ranked: tier 1

Shân Warnock-Smith QC - 5 Stone BuildingsShe knows Cayman trust law like no other, she is loved by attorneys island-wide.

Ranked: tier 1

Christopher Tidmarsh QC - 5 Stone BuildingsVery capable, organised and flexible.

Ranked: tier 3
Leading Juniors

Jordan Holland - 5 Stone BuildingsHe gets stuck in to the issues.

Ranked: tier 3

Matthew Paton - 5 Stone BuildingsHe has a track record of Bahamian work.

Ranked: tier 3

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Pensions
Leading Silks

Andrew Simmonds QC - 5 Stone BuildingsFirst class on his feet in presenting a case and will stand up to a hostile judge.

Ranked: tier 1

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Private client: personal tax
Leading Silks

Amanda Hardy QC - 5 Stone BuildingsIs a clear thinker.

Ranked: tier 2
Leading Juniors

Leon Sartin - 5 Stone BuildingsPays close attention to detail.

Ranked: tier 3

Oliver Marre - 5 Stone BuildingsIs an excellent communicator, has a practical and commercial approach and is very accessible.

Ranked: tier 3

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Private client: trusts and probate
Private client: trusts and probate - Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

5 Stone Buildings

5 Stone Buildings is an ‘outstanding chambers for contentious probate and trusts' thanks to it having 'a broad range of barristers who have varying levels of call.’ One client said: 'All of the barristers we have dealt with have been knowledgeable, efficient, approachable, and good advocates.’ In one recent case of note, Henry Legge QC acted for the trustees in a contested removal of the trustees of a series of very large settlements.

Leading Silks

Henry Legge QC - 5 Stone BuildingsQuick to absorb matters, very bright and good tactically on contentious matters.

Ranked: tier 1

Shân Warnock-Smith QC - 5 Stone BuildingsHas the ability to cut straight to the heart of the problem and to think creatively to find commercial solutions which fit neatly within the client's expectations.

Ranked: tier 1

Penelope Reed QC - 5 Stone BuildingsClear thinker, hugely intelligent but explains principles in a way that can be understood – a brilliant advocate.

Ranked: tier 2

Christopher Tidmarsh QC - 5 Stone BuildingsIs highly intelligent and combines superb analysis of complex legal issues with the ability to explain them very clearly.

Ranked: tier 3

David Rees QC - 5 Stone BuildingsHis strengths are strategic direction, strong advocacy, and a very approachable and genial personality that is so good with clients.

Ranked: tier 3

Tracey Angus QC - 5 Stone BuildingsA very knowledgeable silk.

Ranked: tier 3
Leading Juniors

Barbara Rich - 5 Stone BuildingsA very efficient junior.

Ranked: tier 2

Christopher Whitehouse - 5 Stone BuildingsA junior with great experience.

Ranked: tier 2

Michael O'Sullivan - 5 Stone BuildingsTurns work around very quickly, excellent with clients and has an excellent and broad knowledge.

Ranked: tier 3

Joseph Goldsmith - 5 Stone BuildingsA highly rated junior.

Ranked: tier 4

Leon Sartin - 5 Stone BuildingsHe is very approachable.

Ranked: tier 4

Mathew Roper - 5 Stone BuildingsGets to the bottom of the evidence and provides good advice.

Ranked: tier 4

Sarah Haren - 5 Stone BuildingsOutstanding intellectual ability but is also incredibly user-friendly, which is a rare combination – she has a great tactical mind.

Ranked: tier 4

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Property litigation
Leading Juniors

Patrick Rolfe - 5 Stone BuildingsAn extremely good and highly reliable barrister.

Ranked: tier 4

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Set overviews: England and Wales

For some, 5 Stone Buildings is ‘the best Chancery set bar none’. Members have an ‘excellent depth of knowledge on contentious probate, trusts and estates, as well as Court of Protection matters’, along with pensions and art and cultural property issues. ‘Even the most junior counsel provides solid advice and there are some big hitters to utilise for experience’ meaning ‘there is always someone available who can assist and who you can trust to have a good client manner’. In recent news, Toby Bishop joined from Field Court Chambers, while David Rees QC has been elected vice chair of the new Court of Protection Bar Association. The clerks' room is one of chambers’ greatest strengths, according to solicitors. Senior clerk Paul Jennings is as well-known as his members and is ‘great at maintaining relationships between his barristers and those instructing them’. Jennings ‘runs a tight ship with humour’ and ‘is always available (and commercially realistic) for the discussion of fees’. First junior Dan Coote and second junior Elliott Hurrell are also recommended for being ‘responsive and agile in their approach’; ‘tell them what you need, and they will always find a way to deliver’. Asked how chambers could improve, one solicitor replied: ‘Hard to say when they are so close to perfection’. Offices in: London

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Tax: corporate and VAT/indirect tax
Tax: corporate - Leading Silks

Amanda Hardy QC - 5 Stone BuildingsValued for her clarity of thought, responsiveness and willingness to discuss round an issue.

Ranked: tier 3
Tax: corporate - Leading Juniors

Oliver Marre - 5 Stone BuildingsHe is a first-rate advisor and advocate; he removes the mystique from tax law.

Ranked: tier 2

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