He is very good. He is an expert on the artworks market, and has a real in-depth knowledge of the subject.
Henry’s practice includes a broad range of Chancery work, with particular emphasis on cases involving trusts, estates, pension schemes and art.
In recent years, he has appeared in a number of large and not so large trust disputes both onshore and offshore (for example the Longleat litigation, the Trilogy litigation, Gorbunova v Berezovsky) as well as appearing in some of the most notable pensions cases of the last few years (for BT in the Crown Guarantee litigation and the related proceedings in the European court, for IBM in the proceedings relating to its Imperial duty and for the monitor in the Canadian Nortel litigation). This, together with his practice in art disputes, means that he has considerable experience of heavy and complex litigation.
He has acted in numerous trustee and beneficiary disputes, claims in breach of trust and asset recovery claims (see below). As well as domestic trust and estate disputes, he has extensive experience in advising and acting in offshore jurisdictions and in cases involving offshore structures (including foundations and other civil law structures). He has appeared and advised in a number of significant cases in which complex offshore structures were under attack (for example, Berezovsky, Trilogy, Stow v Stow, Mubarak and Tchenguiz-Imerman v Imerman) and is familiar with the principles of law and tactical issues involved. He has also advised extensively on non-contentious trust issues, both domestic and offshore, including in relation to commercial trusts and securitisation structures as well as private trusts.
Henry spent much of his early years in practice defending solicitors and actuaries in negligence proceedings and he has continued to advise and appear in negligence claims for both claimants and defendants. Over the years he has acted in a broad range of cases and is used to dealing with complex issues of tax, actuarial practice, investment or accounting should they arise.
He has an additional area of expertise in disputes involving works of art and chattels. Henry became interested in the law of chattels early in his career, partly as a result of a lifelong interest in art. In recent years he has appeared in many of the most significant cases in this niche area, including Avrora v Christies, in which he acted for the successful claimant, and Thwaytes v Sothebys, in which Henry was praised in the judgment for “the exemplary way in which this fascinating case was presented at trial“.