Serle Court Contributing Editors

We are excited to have twenty barristers from Serle Court, a leading chancery chambers, joining the PLC Private Client editorial team as contributing editors. Their exceptional contribution reflects their expertise across a broad range of private client work and a practical approach to legal problems that is Serle Court's hallmark.

Statement from Sir Gavin Lightman Arbitrator and Mediator, Serle Court:

“Serle Court is delighted to be making such a major contribution to PLC's ground-breaking and valuable Private Client know-how service. Our members advise and appear across the common law world, and their recognised expertise covers not merely domestic and international trusts but also probate, claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family & Dependants) Act 1975 and charities. Because Serle Court's private client specialists are, at heart, litigators, they have a unique perspective - enabling them to provide other private client professionals with guidance which is both practical and incisive.”

Contributing editors

James Corbett QC

Year of Call: 1975

Year of Silk: 1999

(James Corbett is now a partner in the firm Kobre & Kim LLP. He remains an associate member of Serle Court.)

Main areas of work:

  • Trusts and commercial litigation (commonly with an international element)

  • Company law, including in particular shareholder disputes, claims by and against directors and disqualification of directors

  • Insolvency - corporate and personal

  • Intellectual property - including trade marks, passing off and copyright

  • Arbitration and mediation

Practice notes written for PLC Private Client:

Choosing the jurisdiction for an offshore trust ( www.practicallaw.com/1-384-4803)

Frank Hinks QC

Year of Call: 1973

Year of Silk: 2000

Main areas of work:

  • Domestic and international trusts including taxation

  • Land law including landlord and tenant, leasehold enfranchisement and commons

  • Partnership

Practice notes written for PLC Private Client:

Sham trusts ( www.practicallaw.com/6-383-2143)

Victor Joffe QC

Year of Call: 1975

Year of Silk: 2001

Main areas of work:

  • Company: Share transactions, takeovers, minority rights, derivative actions, directors' duties, internal disputes, just and equitable winding-up

  • Insolvency: Receivership, administration and liquidation; retention of title clauses; company directors' disqualification proceedings; personal insolvency

  • Commercial and Trust Litigation: Commercial contract disputes; commercial and trust litigation (especially cross-border litigation)

  • Civil Fraud: Breach of fiduciary duty; tracing and proprietary claims; money laundering

Practice notes written for PLC Private Client:

Variation of trusts ( www.practicallaw.com/9-383-5282)

Peter McMaster QC

Year of Call: 1981

Year of Silk: 2008

Main areas of work:

  • Peter McMaster is a rounded practitioner who has had for over 20 years a wide-ranging commercial and chancery practice.

  • Energy, insurance and professional negligence make up a large part of his current practice.

  • He takes a practical, commercially minded and user friendly approach and has extensive experience of witness actions.

Practice notes written for PLC Private Client:

Claims against directors of corporate trustees ( www.practicallaw.com/2-384-2498)

Trustees' duties of skill and care ( www.practicallaw.com/7-383-9016)

(Matthew Morrison is the co-author of both of these notes.)

Andrew Francis

Year of Call: 1977

Main areas of work:

  • Real Property (advisory and litigious)

  • Administration of estates (advisory and litigious) (with trusts and tax planning)

  • Contentious probate

  • Inheritance Act claims (family provision)

  • Partnership law

  • Professional negligence claims in main areas of work above

Practice notes written for PLC Private Client:

Claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 ( www.practicallaw.com/6-383-8296)

William Henderson

Year of Call: 1978

Main areas of work:

Chancery litigation and advice, in particular:

  • Charities

  • Administration of trusts and estates

  • Property

  • Probate

  • Professional Negligence

Practice notes written for PLC Private Client:

Charity litigation: the role of the Attorney General ( www.practicallaw.com/8-383-8182)

Charity litigation: the Charity Tribunal ( www.practicallaw.com/8-383-9073)

James Behrens

Year of Call: 1979

Main areas of work:

Commercial and Chancery litigation and advisory work, including:

  • Company

  • Insolvency

  • Partnerships

  • Property

  • Trusts and Estates

  • Church Law

  • Construction Work

  • Computers

  • The Internet

  • Commercial Agreements

Practice notes written for PLC Private Client:

Mediating trust and estate disputes ( www.practicallaw.com/2-383-8364)

Clare Hoffmann

Year of Call: 1990

Main areas of work:

General commercial and chancery litigation including:

  • Corporate and individual insolvency

  • Contentious trust

  • Commercial disputes

  • Professional negligence

  • Mortgages

  • Contentious probate

Practice notes written for PLC Private Client

Managing risk: how trustees can avoid disputes (coming soon)

(Dan McCourt Fritz is the co-author of this note.)

Hugh Norbury QC

Year of Call: 1995

Year of Silk: 2012

Main areas of work:

  • Fraud-based commercial and chancery litigation (in particular freezing injunctions, search orders and asset tracing)

  • Commercial litigation (including contractual disputes, and cases involving restitution, professional negligence and economic torts)

  • Chancery litigation and advice (particularly in relation to off-shore trusts)

Practice notes written for PLC Private Client:

Beddoe applications ( www.practicallaw.com/4-383-0060)

Timothy Collingwood

Year of Call: 1996

Main areas of work:

General commercial and chancery litigation, including, in particular:

  • Company

  • Insolvency (personal and corporate)

  • General commercial/contractual disputes

  • Trusts litigation

  • Civil fraud

Practice notes written for PLC Private Client:

Self-dealing by trustees ( www.practicallaw.com/3-384-9022)

Simon Hattan

Year of Call: 1999

Main areas of work:

General commercial and chancery litigation, in particular:

  • Civil fraud and breach of fiduciary duty, including injunctive relief and asset recovery

  • Trusts litigation

  • Contractual disputes

  • Professional negligence

  • Regulatory and disciplinary proceedings (in particular those related to financial services)

Practice notes written for PLC Private Client:

Protectors ( www.practicallaw.com/5-383-9116)

(Gareth Tilley is the co-author of this note.)

Jennifer Haywood

Year of call: 2001

Main areas of work:

  • Company

  • Partnership and LLPs

  • Insolvency (Personal and Corporate)

  • Civil Fraud

  • Breach of Fiduciary Duty

  • Contentious Trusts and Probate

  • General Commercial and Chancery Litigation

Practice notes written for PLC Private Client:

Statutory wills ( www.practicallaw.com/3-385-6753)

Ruth Jordan

Year of Call: 2001

Main areas of work:

  • Commercial litigation

  • Company and insolvency (incl. directors' disqualification)

  • Fraud and injunctive relief

  • Probate, property and trusts (offshore and domestic) litigation ·

  • Tax and VAT litigation (corporation tax, transfer pricing, VAT fraud, inheritance tax and capital gains tax litigation)

  • Financial services

  • Related professional negligence and regulatory proceedings (solicitors, financial services)

  • Judicial review

Practice notes written for PLC Private Client:

Costs in trust litigation ( www.practicallaw.com/3-384-3534)

Dakis Hagen

Year of Call: 2002

Main areas of work:

General commercial chancery, in particular:

  • Contentious trusts (international & domestic)

  • Civil fraud

  • Commercial/contractual disputes

  • Company law & insolvency

Practice notes written for PLC Private Client:

Hastings-Bass: the principle in Re Hastings-Bass ( www.practicallaw.com/0-383-5719)

Jonathan Fowles

Year of Call: 2004

Main areas of work:

General commercial and chancery litigation, including:

  • Contentious domestic and international trusts, charities, and probate

  • Insolvency

  • Company and partnership

  • Commercial/contractual disputes

  • Property litigation

  • Civil fraud

Practice notes written for PLC Private Client:

Removing trustees ( www.practicallaw.com/8-383-9153)

Charity litigation: the role of the Charity Commission ( www.practicallaw.com/2-501-5670)

Matthew Morrison

Year of Call: 2004

Main areas of work:

General commercial and chancery litigation, including:

  • Contentious domestic and offshore trusts and probate

  • Domestic and offshore company and insolvency litigation

  • Insurance

  • Professional Negligence

  • Private International Law

  • Property Litigation

Practice notes written for PLC Private Client:

Claims against directors of corporate trustees ( www.practicallaw.com/2-384-2498)

Trustees' duties of skill and care ( www.practicallaw.com/7-383-9016)

(Peter McMaster QC is the co-author of both of these notes.)

James Mather

Year of Call: 2006

Main areas of work:

James has a broad commercial and chancery practice and is routinely instructed in all core areas of Chambers’ work. Matters on which he has recently been instructed include:

  • Assisting HM Treasury in relation to issues arising from the public financial assistance provided to Northern Rock plc

  • Working as part of a team advising a major retail bank on the legality of certain product charges under the Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Regulations 1999

  • Advising on jurisdictional issues arising from the enforcement of an English judgment relating to a large offshore trust

James regularly acts for corporate and personal clients in relation to insolvency matters both in the High Court and County Courts. He has wide experience of advising and acting for company directors and other fiduciaries on company law issues and general commercial disputes. Issues on which he has worked include mortgage and other property-related fraud, as well as those arising from HM Revenue practices regarding VAT ‘carousel’ fraud.

He also provides legal assistance to the Financial Markets Law Committee based at the Bank of England.

Practice notes written for PLC Private Client:

Limitation of actions against trustees ( www.practicallaw.com/2-384-4237)

Robin Rathmell

Year of Call: 2006

Main areas of work:

  • Commercial/contractual disputes:

    Robin is frequently instructed in general commercial and contractual disputes. Recent work includes acting (with Dakis Hagen) in a seven figure contractual claim against a large multi-national IT company.

  • Professional negligence:

    Robin has acted in numerous professional negligence claims (for both claimants and defendants) including many claims against solicitors.

  • Property litigation:

    Robin has developed a broad practice in property litigation including conveyancing disputes and claims in respect of easements.

  • Corporate and personal insolvency:

    Robin frequently appears in the companies and bankruptcy courts for both creditors and debtors in relation to the full range of insolvency litigation. Recent experience includes several contested bankruptcy petitions and an examination of a company director by the liquidator investigating the company’s affairs.

  • Company law:

    Robin works in all of the major areas of company law and recent experience includes minority shareholders’ disputes and the law relating to contracts of allotment.

  • Intellectual property disputes:

    Robin has been instructed in a number of passing off cases.

  • Other:

    Robin has also appeared in a number of committal proceedings and maintains an interest in sports law.

Practice notes written for PLC Private Client:

Flee clauses ( www.practicallaw.com/2-383-8298)

Dan McCourt Fritz

Year of Call: 2007

Main areas of work:

Dan is currently on secondment in the litigation department at Withers LLP in London, working principally on contentious trust matters. He will return to chambers in the new year, but is able to accept limited instructions in the meantime.

Formerly pupil to David Drake, Clare Hoffmann, Hugh Norbury and Christopher Stoner.

During pupillage, Dan worked under Philip Marshall QC and Ruth Holtham on the Lexi Holdings fraud litigation, and also assisted Christopher Stoner and Timothy Fancourt QC (of Falcon Chambers) in preparing the respondent's case in Scottish and Newcastle plc v. Raguz in the House of Lords.

Dan is keen to develop a broad practice in all areas of chancery commercial work, including in particular:

  • Contentious trusts (international and domestic)

  • Civil fraud

  • Commercial/contractual disputes

  • Property litigation

  • Intellectual property

  • Professional negligence

  • Sports law

Practice notes written for PLC Private Client:

Co-author with Clare Hoffman on Managing risk: how trustees can avoid disputes (coming soon)

Gareth Tilley

Year of Call: 2007

Main areas of work:

All areas of commercial and chancery litigation including:

  • Civil fraud, asset tracing and related injunctive relief

  • Commercial/contractual disputes

  • Contentious trusts (domestic and international)

  • Property law

  • Company and partnership disputes

  • Professional negligence

  • Regulatory and disciplinary proceedings

Practice notes written for PLC Private Client:

Co-author with Simon Hattan on Protectors ( www.practicallaw.com/5-383-9116)

 
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