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Philip Jenkins

"Extremely good - clients love him, he sees the bigger picture and he takes a very good, strategic approach."
(Chambers UK 2020 )

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: Non-Contentious

Philip is regularly asked to provide advice and to draft documents in relation to the full range of non-contentious private client matters including:

  • Advising in relation to difficulties arising in the course of the administration of estates and trusts.
  • Advising in relation to the meaning and effect of wills, trusts and powers (including in relation to applications for directions and pursuant to section 57 TA 1925).
  • Advising in relation to applications for the variation of trusts.
  • Advising in relation to IHT and CGT for estates and trusts (including in particular NRB trusts, APR and BPR claims in relation to farms and estates).
  • Drafting complex wills and will trusts designed to secure fiscal advantage.
  • Drafting trusts and deeds (including deeds of variation, deeds of appointment, deeds of indemnity).


Philip Jenkins is described by a commentator as “approachable, down to earth and flexible – an excellent barrister,” and another interviewee states: “He’s very good and very helpful, with a no-nonsense approach which is so welcome.” His broad chancery practice includes contentious wills and probates, trust and estate administration and professional negligence claims.

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

Philip is recognised for Real Estate.

Who's Who Legal Bar 2017


  • 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

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Pricing Policy

Unless otherwise agreed my Clerk will calculate my fees based on my current hourly rate. My rates are reviewed annually and details can be obtained from my Clerk. Once a rate is set for any particular case the hourly rate will only ever be adjusted with express agreement between my Clerks and those instructing me. All fees are subject to VAT at the prevailing rate where applicable.


  • 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.

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