5 Stone Buildings is delighted to announce the recruitment of four new tenants from 1st March 2016

All four new members have previously practised from 3 Stone Buildings and bring with them a wealth of experience in private client and cultural property matters, which will complement 5 Stone Buildings’ core areas of practice.

Norman Palmer is one of only two silks ranked in “Band 1” of Chambers and Partners’ UK-Bar Guide (2016) for Art and Cultural Property law (the other being Henry Legge QC). Norman is described as “absolutely pre-eminent” in this field. He is the author of the leading text book, Palmer on Bailment. His recent work has involved advising the Government of Greece (Ministry of Culture) on the legal status of the Parthenon Sculptures. Norman’s clients include the Museum of London and the National Maritime Museum.

5 Stone Buildings are pleased to welcome all four who will assist chambers to continue to lead the market.

Find out more about each member below.

Luke Harris

Ranked in “Band 1” of Chambers and Partners for his work as a junior in the field of Art and Cultural Property.

Luke Harris - 5 Stone Buildings

Luke appeared in the Court of Appeal in a case concerning the ownership of the musical manuscripts of the composer, Sir Malcolm Arnold, which were held by the Royal College of Music. He also has a strong traditional Chancery practice, involving contentious probate, the administration of estates, claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 and proprietary estoppel.

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Edward Hewitt

Has a strong private client practice, both on and offshore.

Edward Hewitt - 5 Stone Buildings

He has recently appeared in the High Court in Reading v Reading [2015] EWHC 946 (Ch) concerning the construction of a will trust for “issue” and the rectification of a will. He has also appeared unled in a 2-day hearing in the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands. Edward is a native Italian speaker and is often instructed in cases involving an Italian element.

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Harry Martin

Has made an exceptional start to his practice, which also has a traditional Chancery and cultural property focus.

Harry Martin - 5 Stone Buildings

He was instructed (with Norman) to advise Leicester City Council in relation to the proceedings brought by Plantagenet Alliance Limited in relation to the burial of Richard III. He was also involved (led) in the Fielden v Christie-Miller litigation [2015] EWHC 87 (Ch) (in which Penelope Reed QC and Mathew Roper also acted).

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