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Philip Collins, Senior Associate at Penningtons Manches
Areas of expertise: Charities


Philip is a senior associate in Penningtons Manches’ charities team. He specialises in managing disputes for charities, with a particular focus on contentious trust and probate.

Advising on all aspects of contentious legacy work for charities, including the administration of estate disputes, breach of trust claims and applications for the removal of executors, Philip is experienced in handling challenges to wills due to lack of testamentary capacity, lack of knowledge and approval, improper execution and undue influence. He regularly defends claims against estates brought under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 and claims for proprietary estoppel. He also handles disputes involving lifetime gifts.

Philip has a strong track record in resolving high value disputes and claims involving fraud or suspected fraud. In addition to advising on legacy issues, he assists charities on claims for professional negligence. While charities are naturally concerned about becoming involved in any form of litigation, Philip is regularly praised by charity clients for striking the right balance between protecting their interests and achieving excellent results. Philip is experienced in all forms of alternative dispute resolution, including mediation, but will take matters to a full trial when necessary. He has completed the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Practitioners (ACTAPS) course and is a member of the Charity Law Association. He is also a regular speaker on fraud, litigation and charity issues.

Recent work highlights

  • Acting for two major national charities in recovering £1.5 million from an executor of an estate and a connected third party company where the executor had improperly paid money to the third party.
  • Defending an Oxford college against a claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 brought by the deceased’s son for £900,000. This settled at a without prejudice meeting for £50,000.
  • Acting for a Christian based housing charity in High Court proceedings against a claim for proprietary estoppel brought by a retired solicitor for the sum of £330,000.
  • Advising numerous charities in relation to contested probate matters, including challenges to wills on the grounds of capacity, lack of formalities and undue influence, Inheritance Act and proprietary estoppel claims, and fraud.

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