Tom is one of the most in-demand juniors at the Chancery Bar. He has been Advocate of the Year at STEP’s Private Client Awards, one of the Lawyer’s Hot 100, Charities and not for profit - Barrister of the Year 2016 by Lawyer Monthly, and is among City Wealth’s Most Highly Regarded Figures in Private Wealth Management. He is equally at home in court, or advising clients.
Tom Dumont has three decades of experience to draw on. He has appeared in most courts in the land, winning cases in the Supreme Court, the Administrative Court and the Court of Appeal, as well as his more usual stamping-ground, the Chancery Division of the High Court. He is known for his client-centric approach, forming an easy and efficient working relationship with solicitors and clients. He seeks solutions rather than obstacles. His practice covers the booming sector of contentious probate, family provision and other private client litigation and advice. He has a particular strength in professional negligence where it overlaps with the private client world, such as tax-planning by solicitors and accountants. He is recognized for his expertise in advising and acting for charities. His clients range from landed families and trust companies on and offshore, to entrepreneurs, national charities and Russian oligarchs.
Recent cases include: acting successfully for Bernard Matthews’ long-term companion in a dispute over his very substantial estate in the High Court; representing two firms of solicitors in dismissing, in the Supreme Court, a negligence claim against them; acting on behalf of a church in defeating the claims of a tennis club, where the grounds were in dispute; representing Sir Malcolm Arnold’s carer in a dispute over his Estate; representing a firm of accountants in defeating at trial a claim that they had acted negligently in his tax-planning; revoking probate granted previously to a solicitor, where the judge referred the papers to the DPP on Tom’s suggestion. In most of these cases, Tom has been against QCs, and beaten them. Tom has acted in leading cases in various fields including the development of constructive trusts, and the rule in Hastings-Bass. He is currently instructed on behalf of a family with substantial land interests valued in 9 figures, on a variation of their trusts to cover the next two generations.
Tom is recommended by the legal directories as a leading practitioner for traditional chancery, charities and professional negligence matters. Selected quotations are set out below:
Tom ran the 400m, boxed and played fives at Cambridge, where he also studied law. He loves playing cricket (recently luring an instructing solicitor onto the field after a gap of 20 years), and enjoys Art, poetry and the myths and cultures of Ancient Greece and Rome. He is a Fellow of the Zoological Society of London. In a rare example of uncertainty, he is not sure whether he prefers Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon, but is still working on it. Tom Dumont recently appeared playing guitar behind Gwen Stefani on The Jonathan Ross Show. Admittedly, it was another Tom Dumont.
This Tom is, rather more prosaically, vice-chair of the Bar’s Law Reform committee, drafting the Bar’s responses to Government consultations on the reform of trust and land law. He is a member of the ACTAPS committee, and chair of the STEP Journal Editorial Board. He is a frequent lecturer and commentator on legal matters, and presents the Lexis Nexis’ Private Client webinars.
He is married with two children. His wife is a consultant ergonomist and teacher. His daughter works for UNICEF. His son is in the Army. His father was a solicitor, but the legal line seems to have come to an end.
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