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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.