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Patrick Lawrence QC


Patrick is frequently instructed in cases involving issues in the Chancery field; tax, trusts, company law and real property. Present and recent (2010-12) cases include:

  • A long-running matter (Lexi Holdings PLC v Pannone) before Briggs J., arising out of the frauds of Shaid Luqman. Issues arising included difficult points as to the implied actual authority and apparent authority of a director to give unconventional instructions on behalf of a company.
  • Smith v Contact Holdings Ltd; scope of managing director’s authority to instruct lawyers in connection with shareholder dispute.
  • Litigation arising out of the Tax Tribunal’s decision in relation to an Eclipse film finance scheme that the participants in the scheme were not trading.
  • Litigation arising out of the failure of other film finance and container leasing tax avoidance schemes.
  • Former Queen of Malaysia v Lattey & Dawe; trial before Hodge J. concerning tax advice given in connection with the late King of Malaysia’s holdings in the UK and abroad.
  • Dore v Leicestershire CC [2010] EWHC 1387; 2 week trial before Sales J; issues as to trust law; charities; local government.
  • £5m claim arising out of allegedly defective advice concerning rights to light.
  • Probate litigation concerning allegations of undue influence in relation to a will.
  • Litigation concerning delay in commercial conveyancing.
  • Directors disqualification proceedings.
  • Christofi v Schubert Murphy; claims arising out of the setting up of a bogus solicitor’s practice; issues as to scope of solicitors’ undertakings; jurisdiction of Compensation Fund.
  • Turpin v Brabners Chaffe Street; allegations of breach of fiduciary duty and conflicts of interest in relation to the sale of a substantial company.