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Fenner Moeran QC

Call: 1996    QC: 2014

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Practice Overview

Fenner has a broad-based chancery / commercial practice with an emphasis on litigation. Whilst he has particular specialities in pensions and civil fraud and asset recovery, he also regularly acts in general litigious chancery matters as well as insolvency, insurance, property and general commercial matters.

He is recommended in Chambers and Partners, the Legal 500 and Chambers Global as a leading practitioner in his fields, as well as being named in the Chambers 100: UK Bar list of the top 100 junior barristers in 2013, before he took silk in 2014.

Within the commercial chancery field, his work in recent years has been focused on civil fraud and dishonesty disputes, with particular emphasis on breaches of fiduciary duties and money laundering/asset recovery work. With regard to asset recovery, Fenner has extensive experience of obtaining and defending freezing, search, disclosure (including third-party disclosure) and gagging orders. His clients range from international financial institutions, through regulatory bodies to individual financial traders and customers.

Within the pensions field, he acts for trustees, employers, members and professionals in both litigation and advisory work. He also acts for the Pensions Regulator and various Government departments. His work has in recent years included litigation of pensions liberation and misselling claims, moral hazard claims (on both sides), professional negligence claims against actuaries and solicitors, advising on occupational pension scheme wind-ups and interpreting the statutory provisions of the PPF as well as various public sector pension schemes.

Fenner practices in the following areas: general commercial litigation, civil fraud and asset tracing/recovery (including interim relief), company law (in particular breach of fiduciary duty and shareholder disputes), regulatory (pensions, financial services and legal professions), contentious trust, insolvency (both personal and corporate), professional liability, pensions and general contract disputes.

Professional reputation

Fenner is widely recognised as a leading practitioner in his fields of expertise.

Fenner has been recommended in the directories for some years in both general Commercial Chancery (including in Chambers Global) and in specialist Civil Fraud and asset recovery.
Excellent to deal with, very responsive and fiercely intelligent.” (Chambers & Partners – Civil Fraud 2018). “Has a thorough grounding in the law, and just tenaciously goes for it in court.” “He doesn’t try to talk very cleverly about how bright he is, but instead just gives straightforward advice. His advocacy style is the same; he doesn’t dress things up.
(Chambers & Partners: Commercial Chancery 2018) Earlier editions have described him as “an impressive litigator, whose experience spans freezing orders, asset tracing, shareholder disputes and professional negligence claims”and “a junior with first-class chancery knowledge who really makes a difference” he is an “alert performer in court”, who is “clever, sensible and approachable” and a “fount of knowledge when it comes to obscure legal points, and also has the ability to quickly identify the right issues.” Clients like working with him because he is “great at cross-examination and has a sound grasp of mathematical concepts”.

Fenner also has a leading reputation in the field of Traditional Chancery and Private Client litigation. “Very smooth and demonstrates very good judgement. He puts together hugely coherent arguments in court.” (Chambers Gobal: Trusts 2018) “Very bright and very diligent, he has a mind that is incredibly lucid and he can recall every detail.” “A strong and sensible advocate, who is able to deal with some of the most difficult and complex matters. He stands his ground when needed but is also open to cutting a deal.” (Chambers & Partners: Chancery Traditional 2018). Earlier editions have said “A renowned trusts expert, who has a particularly effective real property practice. Commentators further note that he is an expert in highly sensitive family and matrimonial disputes” and he has “a much-admired practice in property and trust litigation” and is known as being “An excellent advocate, [who] comes up with creative solutions.” “He is able to distil complex issues  into understandable terms for lay clients.” In this area, Fenner again specialises in the more litigious areas, including in particular property disputes arising out of or parallel to matrimonial proceedings  (“He is especially well regarded for his expertise in cases arising from divorce proceedings”), and misfeasance of trustees, directors and other fiduciaries.

In Pensions, Fenner has been recommended for some years in Pensions in both Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners which say “He is user-friendly, full of enthusiasm and extremely good on strategy.” (Chambers & Partners 2018) and ‘Charming, efficient and prepared to go the extra mile, while retaining the ear of the court.’ (Legal 500 2018). Earlier editions have said he is “Commercial, pragmatic and astute, he’s someone you want on your side”, “An articulate advocate who gives practical and workable advice.” and “A perfect legal mind”. Described as “a tireless worker who will peer into every nook and cranny of a case”, a “bright and practical’ barrister with plenty of experience who provides spot-on, commercial advice”, he is ‘unremittingly enthusiastic and always ready to find an answer’. Commentators are keen to highlight his level of consciousness with regards
to the wider pensions industry: “He is very well up to date and alive to a range of various issues” and is “commended for his enthusiastic engagement with the pensions sector and his detailed approach to work”.