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Serle Court

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2 ranked barristersBand 3London (Bar)UK Bar 2022 View ranking table
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Serle Court has an established reputation in the charities market, and houses members who have been present in many of the most prominent cases of recent years. Individuals here represent charities in rate relief cases, trustee disputes and appeals against Charity Commission decisions. They are also sought after for advice and representation by both the Attorney General and the Charity Commission. Other areas of interest include tax and trust law matters, and judicial reviews. Recent cases handled include Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (UK) v Attorney General. This case clarified the duties of charity members, in a landmark case concerning a wealthy philanthropic couple whose marriage breakdown caused management difficulties for their charity.

Client service:

"They have been very good and responsive, even throughout a difficult year with everyone working remotely." Steven Whitaker is the set's head clerk.

Strengths:

Jonathan Fowles
Jonathan Fowles is an impressive barrister across all aspects of charity law, who regularly advises charities on constitutional matters and counsels trustees as to their duties and capacities. Much of his work is highly sensitive, and his recent instructions include a number of significant contentious cases in the sector. Fowles has experience of statutory inquiries and is expert in cases with reputational damage angles. He co-edits 'Tudor on Charities' alongside his stablemate William Henderson.
"He is very well respected in the charities field and is one of the few experienced juniors who genuinely works across the charities sector, a genuine charity specialist. I have found him particularly strong on complex technical matters." "He's very user-friendly, very approachable and has an incredibly incisive mind. He's totally on top of all the details and very responsive. He is also practical in his advice."
Recent work: Acting for Dr Zakir Naik in Dr Zakir Naik v Charity Commission, which is an appeal against the decision to disqualify him as a charity trustee.

Strengths:

William Henderson
William Henderson is held in high regard for his charity work. He handles a broad range of contentious issues, but has a particular focus on tax-related disputes. He is Junior Counsel to the Treasury in Charity Matters. Trustee and governance disputes are other areas of activity. Henderson is co-editor of 'Tudor on Charities'.
"He has been the Attorney General's counsel for years, so he has huge experience and knowledge in this field; he was also in the CIFF case." "Will Henderson at Serle Court remains highly recommended. He has a wealth of experience, in particular from representing HM Attorney General on charity matters many times. He gives sensible advice based on sound charity law principles."
Recent work: Acted for Treasury Solicitor in Regentford Ltd v Charity Commission and HM Attorney General, which is the leading case on the nature of the review jurisdiction under the Charities Act 2011 in respect of certain decisions of the Charity Commission.

Charities

Serle Court

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Location

6 New Square

Lincoln's Inn

London

Greater London

UK

WC2A 3QS

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London (Bar)

Charities


Jonathan Fowles
Band 1
William Henderson
Star Individuals