Thomas Dumont QC
| Silk 2019
| Call 1979
Experience and Expertise
Tom Dumont is particularly well known for his charity practice. He is consistently recommended as a leading junior in this field by The Legal 500 and Chambers UK, the current edition of which notes that:
“[his] insurmountable expertise in Inheritance Act claims has won him an army of followers. Described as ‘a charming gentleman,’ Dumont ‘wins over any courtroom that he enters with his calm and poised demeanour.’ He also wins full marks for his writing, with sources acknowledging that ‘his opinions are crisp and to the point.'”.
Tom acts for many of the major national charities, advising them on governance matters and representing them in litigation, particularly in contentious probate actions.
Cases and Work of Note
- A National Charity  advised charity trustees after concerns raised over £1bn of assets;
- Major educational charity  acted with top-tier solicitors firm in finally achieving the resolution of a long-standing charitable issue, by identifying the critical legal point which none of the previous 4 QCs had spotted. It has the potential to release at long last many millions for the charity;
- A National Charity  advised a charity at the heart of UK life about its ability to restructure to invigorate the charity’s outreach and work;
- St Andrew’s Cheam  a dispute between a church and tennis club over the ownership of grounds used by the club;
- Dore v Leicestershire CC  existence and management of charitable trusts concerning a village school and community centre;
- Cuppage v Lawson  a dispute between charity and the founders’ descendants about the beneficial ownership of a long-standing trust potentially void for perpetuity;
- Channon v. Perkins  EWCA Civ 1808, a Court of Appeal decision, Tom successfully overturned a first-instance decision against a Will, for Guide Dogs for the Blind and the Deceased’s partner, the Will beneficiaries (instructed by Henmans). The witnesses were adamant they had not witnessed the deceased sign, but in an important decision the Court of Appeal decided that the presumption of due execution overrode their evidence;
- In Clough-Taylor Deceased, Coutts & Co v Banks (2003), Tom resisted on behalf of a number of national charities (instructed by Bates Wells & Braithwaite) an application by executors that they should fund proposed litigation out of residue passing to the charity;
- Together with Sonia Proudman QC (later Mrs Justice Proudman) he formed the winning team in Re Ratcliffe (1999) the case which re-established charities’ full exemption from IHT on mixed residue, worth tens of millions to the charity sector.