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Charles Phipps


Charles is regularly instructed to appear in the Chancery Division, in cases which may or may not involve allegations of professional fault. As the co-author, with Sir Roger Toulson, of Confidentiality (Sweet & Maxwell, 3rd edition, 2012), he takes a particular interest in the equitable principle of confidentiality. Cases in which he has been instructed have included:

  • disputes over the subrogation rights of secured lenders (eg, Menelaou v Bank of Cyprus [2012] EWHC 1991 Ch)
  • advice on confidentiality issues arising in the context of corporate acquisitions;
  • partnership disputes;
  • applications for minority shareholders' relief;
  • trustees' liability claims;
  • claims against directors under the Insolvency Act 1986
  • contested insolvency proceedings;
  • disputes over the validity of deeds;
  • an application by a firm of solicitors to restrain the further use of accidentally disclosed privileged information relating to the firm’s clients;
  • advice as to obligations of confidentiality arising in the context of disciplinary hearings before the General Medical Council;
  • advice as to the confidentiality and data protection obligations arising on the creation of a national database for combating fraud.