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Profile: Wills and Estates
Christopher has extensive experience in this area and acts for Executors/Administrators; the Attorney General; private clients; and charities. He has a particular interest in charitable gifts and administration disputes. He also has expertise in respect of charities litigation and has recently advised the Charity Commission in respect of its new discretionary power to disqualify charity trustees.
His experience includes:
- advising as to the domicile and applicable law for the administration of the estate of a well-known artist who lived in France but was in the process of returning to England;
- advising the liquidators of a charity as to the rights the charity had in respect of a multi-million pound will trust;
- 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;
- advising and acting on behalf of the Attorney General in a wide range of matters in this area including will construction, whether he ought to intervene in proceedings to represent the interests of charity, whether failed gifts can be applied cy-près and defending probate proceedings, proprietary estoppel claims and claims under the 1975 Act;
- Stormonth v Stormonth (25/09/12), ChD – 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;
- acting on behalf of the principal beneficiary of an estate to obtain a proprietary freezing injunction to restrain the executor from dealing with the estate, the removal of the executor, a substantial interim payment and the taking of an account of the executor’s administration of the estate;
- acting for an executor in claims against his fellow executors for the recovery of moneys owed by them, and by family trusts of which they were the trustees, to the estate.