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Fenner Moeran QC

Call: 1996    QC: 2014

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

Trusts, Tax, Probate & Estates

Fenner 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 Global – Trusts 2018)

Fenner is “an exceptional silk. He’s incredibly quick-thinking and very straight-talking. He establishes a good rapport with clients and can explain things to them in understandable terms”. He is a “very able and intelligent barrister whom you see in some of the biggest cases.” “He is outstanding; he has such good judgement and is always impeccable in his analytical skills.” (Chambers & Partners – Trusts 2019/2020).

“He’s incredibly quick-thinking, and very straight-talking. He establishes a good rapport with clients and can explain things to them in understandable terms.” “He is passionate and enthusiastic. If you want someone who will fight and give it everything, he’s your man.” Fenner is “incredibly clever and very bright, he provides very practical and commercial advice. He is good on strategy and absolutely superb in court.” “Fenner really delves into the academic nuances which arise in this area of law. He is really committed to cases and always wins the client’s confidence.” (Chambers & Partners – Chancery Traditional 2019/2020).

Earlier editions have described Fenner as “a renowned trusts expert” who is “very bright and very diligent, he has a mind that is incredibly lucid and he can recall every detail”. He is “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.

Notable cases include:

  • Re 8th Earl Bathurst [2018] EWHC 21 (Ch). Construction of statutory wills, executor’s duty to assent assets.
  • Baker v Dunne [2016] WTLR 1489. Abuse of process and Beddoe proceedings.
  • Preedy v Dunne [2016] EWCA Civ 805. Proprietary estoppel, estoppel by convention and trustees.
  • Morley-Clarke v Brooks [2011] WTLR 297. Court’s discretion to capitalise life interest of widow on intestacy. Impact of non-consummation of marriage and lack of capacity to marry.
  • MCP Pension Trustees Ltd v Aon Pension Trustees Ltd [2009] EWHC 1351 (Ch). Notice, knowledge and forgetfulness for Trustee Act 1925 s.27 advertisements.