Partner and Head of Wills and Probate
Christopher brought his vast expertise to HMG in 2012, became a partner in January 2014, and heading up our Wills & Probate Department. He is a practising Barrister with over 25 years’ experience in Chancery work, having been called to the Bar by the Inner Temple in 1984.
His extensive knowledge covers varied aspects of private client matters: the creation of wills, trusts and settlements with associated tax planning; the construction of trusts, wills and charities; powers of attorney and court of protection; probate and the administration of trusts and estates; real and personal property; landlord and tenant relations; partnerships, companies and pension schemes. Not to mention experience in bringing, defending and settling claims and applications in court.
Regarded by colleagues as diligent and careful, providing good client service is paramount to Christopher. He takes an engaging, personal approach to his work, sitting down with clients to ascertain exactly what they wish to achieve before sensitively guiding them to their objective. He finds being able to provide knowledgeable and efficient advice to clients extremely rewarding, particularly in a firm like HMG where he is constantly reminded of the wealth of experience across its teams.
Alongside his role at HMG, Christopher is a member of and examiner for the Society of Trust and Estate Planners (STEP). He is a co-author of the chapter on Categories of Trust in Tolley’s Administration of Trusts; author of the chapter on the joint ownership of chattels, stocks and shares, bank and building society accounts in Tolleys Practitioner’s Guide to Joint Property; and writes case notes for the Wills & Trusts Law Reports endorsed by STEP, as well as occasional articles and lectures on related issues. Amidst this he somehow finds time to enjoy history, travel, arts, gardening, and reading.