Philip Jenkins is an established Chancery practitioner with a particularly strong reputation for his advisory, drafting and litigation work in the fields of wills, probate, the administration of trusts and estates, real property and related professional negligence claims.
“Authoritative, approachable and excellent with clients. An expert in all aspects of contested trusts and probate, Philip combines superb drafting skills with a natural and confident advocacy style. He is particularly effective in mediations given his ability to cut through to the heart of the issues.”
“Philip has a remarkable clarity of thought and always expresses himself in a way which clients of all kinds find straightforward and easy to understand.”
“We get a great deal of working with Philip as members of a team together. He is able to step in and then out in a way which gives our clients the greatest benefit. He can do that in substantial cases over a long period of time, picking up the reins again without a pause.”
Private Client: Contentious
Contentious private client work is the mainstay of Philip’s busy practice and he is regularly instructed in substantial trusts and estates.
Particular areas of expertise include:
- Contested summonses and probate claims.
- Applications to court under the 1975 Act.
- Applications to court for the removal of personal representatives and trustees.
- Trust disputes.
- Applications to court for directions in relation to questions or disputes involving trusts and estates.
- Intervener claims in matrimonial proceedings vindicating property rights.
- Claims arising from breach of trust or fiduciary duty, ranging from devastavit to self-dealing to fraud.
- Proprietary estoppel, constructive trust and mutual will claims.
- Applications to court for rectification of wills and rectification or setting aside of deeds (including where motivated by fiscal advantage).
“Very easy to communicate with and very user-friendly. He has a very pragmatic approach.”
Chambers UK 2022
“Approachable, down to earth and flexible – an excellent barrister.”
“He’s very good and very helpful, adopting a no-nonsense approach which is so welcome.”
Chambers UK 2021
“Approachable, down to earth and flexible – an excellent barrister”
“He’s very good and very helpful, with a no-nonsense approach which is so welcome.”
Chambers HNW 2020
“Extremely good – clients love him, he sees the bigger picture and he takes a very good, strategic approach.”
Chambers UK 2020
“Philip was very user-friendly, commercially minded and pragmatic. His papers and closing submissions were drafted with acute and thorough attention to detail, while his advocacy was methodical, clear and engaging”
HNW Guide 2019
- PhD (Jean Baudrillard: Deconstruction & Alterity), Bristol University (2001)
- École Normale Supérieure, Paris (2000)
- BA Hons (First Class), University of Leeds (1995)
Associations & Memberships
- Bar Pro Bono Unit
- Chancery Bar Association
- Sachs Prize, Middle Temple
- Harmsworth Major Scholarship, Middle Temple
- City University Scholarship, Middle Temple
Philip Jenkins is a self-employed, independent barrister whose practice is governed by the Code of Conduct of the Bar of England and Wales. He is regulated by The Bar Standards Board [Bar Ref 45948] and is fully insured with the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund [BMIF Ref 2360/072] to provide legal services, please refer to the BMIF website for full details of the world-wide cover provided. He is registered for VAT under the reference 844047531.