Christopher has extensive experience in this area and acts for Executors/Administrators; private clients; charities; and, as Junior Counsel to the Crown, a range of government departments and bodies, including the Attorney General, the Bona Vacantia Division of the Treasury Solicitor’s Department and HMRC.
Cases and Work of Note
HMRC v Connell (2017). Acting for HMRC in respect of its claim against the executors of the estate of a tax payer who had participated in a failed tax avoidance scheme for devastavit for distributing the estate to beneficiaries before paying the tax owed to HMRC.
Advising the joint liquidators of a charity as to the rights the charity had in respect of a multi-million pound will trust.
Advising a widow in respect of a claim brought against her deceased husband’s estate under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975 by someone claiming to be her husband’s mistress. Issues in the case included whether (i) the deceased was domiciled in England or Hong Kong, and (ii) the applicant could establish that she had cohabited with the deceased or been maintained by him.
Advising the executors of an insolvent estate.
Advising the Bona Vacantia Division of the Treasury Solicitor’s Department 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.
Acting for an executor in claims against his fellow executors for the recovery of monies owed by them, and by family trusts of which they were the trustees, to the estate.
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.