Christopher has a litigation focused charities practice, with particular expertise in respect of failed legacies, regulatory action by the Charity Commission and insolvent charities.
Cases and Work of Note
Advising the Charity Commission in respect of its new discretionary power to disqualify a person from being a charity trustee pursuant to section 181A of the Charities Act 2011.
Advising the Secretary of State for Education and the Education and Skills Funding Agency in respect of (i) the Secretary of State’s power pursuant to section 128 of the Education and Skills Act 2008 to direct that a former director/trustee of an academy trust may not take part in the management of an independent educational institution, and (ii) the prospects of recovering funding misapplied by the former director/trustee.
Advising the Charity Commission in respect of an appeal against its decision to make an order under section 76(3)(c)(ii) of the Charities Act 2011 requiring a person who holds property on trust for a charity to transfer it to the official custodian.
Advising the joint liquidators of a charity as to the rights the charity had in respect of a multi-million pound will trust.
Advising the Public Trustee as to the charitable status of a relief fund established following a naval disaster.
Advising a well-known charity as to whether a legacy left to it failed by reason of a condition which could not be fulfilled, whether the legacy could be saved for charity and the prospects of it successfully arguing that under any cy-près scheme the failed legacy should be paid to it free of conditions.
Stormonth v Stormonth (2012). Appearing on behalf of the Attorney General in a will construction dispute. Arguing that a gift to “good causes” was charitable and that a gift of “all other monies” included the deceased’s real, as well as her personal, estate.
Phillips v RSPB  EWHC 618 (Ch);  WTLR 891. Appearing on behalf of the Attorney General arguing that a failed legacy should be saved for charity and applied cy-près.