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BENJAMIN SLINGO

Call: 2020   

+44 (0)20 7306 0102bslingo@wilberforce.co.uk

Practice Overview

Ben joined Chambers in September 2021 on successful completion of his pupillage.

His pupil supervisors were James McCreath, Tom Roscoe, Jonathan Chew, Bobby Friedman, Simon Atkinson and Harriet Holmes. During pupillage he gained experience across the range of Chambers’ work, and he is now building a broad commercial chancery practice taking in pensions, trusts, property, commercial disputes, company law, tax, and insolvency. He is equally happy to be instructed as sole counsel or as part of a team.

Before joining Wilberforce Ben received a double starred first in history from Cambridge (coming first in his year in the University) and a doctorate in the history of political philosophy. He was awarded a Distinction on the GDL and was graded Outstanding on the bar course.

Examples of recent and ongoing work include:

Property

Ben is building a strong property practice encompassing litigation and advisory work, real property and landlord-and-tenant. 

Ben has considerable experience of residential and non-residential possession claims by landlords, by mortgagees, and against trespassers. A good proportion of these have been technically complex and raised difficult points of law or procedure, including (i) the court’s jurisdiction to make a possession order against a freehold co-owner under the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973; (ii) the problem of structures left on agricultural land which are in the grey area between chattels and fixtures; (iii) the Animals Act 1971 regime; (iv) uncertainty as to which of various entities is the landlord, in the wake of corporate restructuring; and (v) issues surrounding s. 48 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987. 

Ben is also gaining wide experience of other landlord-and-tenant work. Recent cases have involved the implied surrender of leases, the pitfalls of rooftop developments, and service charge disputes. 

Ben’s real-property practice has so far involved a particular focus on freehold covenants, including (i) the registration of covenants; (ii) the seller’s duties of disclosure in respect of unregistered covenants; and (iii) positive covenants and the mechanisms by which they can bind the covenantor’s successors in title.

 

Trusts, tax, probate, and estates

  • Acting, led by Andrew Mold QC and James Goodwin, in a major international succession dispute spanning various common- and civil-law jurisdictions. 
  • Representing the claimant, as sole counsel, at Final Dispute Resolution hearing in a 1975 Act case: the settlement reached was unusually favourable for an adult-child claimant. 
  • Advising, as sole counsel, the trustees of a pension fund on the tax implications of a property development. 

 

Pensions

  • With Jonathan Hilliard QC, advising the trustees of a very large pension fund on complex issues to do with rectification and the validity of historic amendments.
  • Acting as sole counsel for the trustees of a pension fund seeking restitution of alleged overpayments to a member.
  • Advising, as sole counsel, the trustees of a pension fund on the tax implications of a property development. 

 

Insolvency 

Ben has gained considerable experience on both sides of applications to set aside statutory demands, and has also acted for creditors bringing bankruptcy petitions and seeking to enforce charging orders via orders for sale. Various of these cases have involved difficult procedural issues, especially to do with service. 

Other recent work has involved: (i) collective investment schemes under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000, (ii) the setting aside of preferences under s. 340 of the Insolvency Act 1986, and (iii) defending a claim against the directors of an insolvent company in respect of directors’ loans. 

 

Commercial

  • Acting, as sole counsel, for a company on a possible derivative claim for breach of trust and a possible claim for dishonest assistance against an offshore broker.  
  • Acting, led by Jonathan Chew, in a dispute over the ownership of a valuable painting.
  • (As a pupil) assisting Bobby Friedman and his leader on a three-week trial in the Chancery Division: Dalkilich v Pekin [2021] EWHC 219 (Ch).