Henry’s clients include private clients, privately owned companies, trustees, family offices and offshore law firms.
His experience covers all aspects of trust disputes, in particular advising trustees in the context of divorce proceedings and beneficiaries on their interests under their trusts when there is contention. He has advised several clients on claims against their financial advisers, for example, where the clients sued because they were advised to invest in defective tax or investment schemes. He has acted in numerous probate disputes and recently has been involved in several cases brought under the Inheritance (Provision for Family & Dependants) Act 1975. As well as assisting onshore clients, his work has a significant cross-border element.
Henry handles the firm’s Privy Council agency work and has advised on over 40 appeals and applications for permission to appeal to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council. In common with the firm’s international contentious and non-contentious trusts expertise, Henry has been instructed in most of the high profile and ground breaking appeals to the Privy Council in the sphere of trust law in the last ten years. Further details on our Privy Council work are available here. Henry’s practice has given him an unusually large amount of experience of acting for clients in other appellate courts as well as the Privy Council, having overseen several cases through the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court in the UK.
Henry is ranked in both The Legal 500 and the Chambers & Partners HNW guide. These rankings are based on independent research conducted by the respective publications and feedback from the firm’s clients, peers and
“He’s incredibly practical, pragmatic and a very fine solicitor”
“He’s very friendly, thoughtful, astute and he works well with everyone”
Chambers HNW 2020
“Henry Hickman is very sensible and very level headed”
“He fights hard for his clients, but doesn’t take silly points. He’s bright and he’s quick”
Chambers HNW 2019
“Has a platinum mind and can deal with very complex matters”
“He has very high-calibre clients and is very astute”
Chambers HNW 2018
Henry joined the firm as a newly-qualified solicitor in 2005, becoming a partner in 2015.
1995 – 1998 University of Bristol (BA) – History of Art
1999 – 2001 College of Law, London – CPE and LPC
Full member of ACTAPS (Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists)
“Has a platinum mind and can deal with very complex matters”Chambers HNW 2018