Simon Douglas
Junior counsel

Simon Douglas

Call to Bar:2018

Legal 500 October 2020

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Simon’s practice covers all areas of traditional chancery work. The main areas of his practice are trusts, estate administration, probate and estate planning. He frequently advises on inheritance tax and capital gains tax matters and has experience of drafting trust deeds and related documentation.

In addition to practice at the bar, Simon is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Oxford, where he lectures on capital taxation and trusts. His recent works include an edited collection on defences in equity (Davies, Douglas and Goodkamp, Equitable Defences, Hart 2018) articles on tax planning mistakes (Douglas and Davies, “Tax Mistakes Post-Pitt v Holt” (2018) 32 TLI 3) as well as trusts law (Agnew and Douglas, “Self-Declarations of Trust” (2019) 135 LQR 67). In 2020 Simon joined the team of authors of Snell’s Equity.

About Simon Douglas

Notable Cases

Suckling v Furness and others [2020] EWHC 987 (Ch) – Simon successfully applied for a trust deed to be set aside on the basis that the settlor had not been warned of the tax implications of establishing a trust.

Webinars

On 12th March 2021 Simon Douglas and Oliver Marre recorded a webinar titled – Capital Tax Update.

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On 19th February 2021 Simon Douglas and Sarah Haren recorded a webinar titled Tax issues that can arise in private litigation.

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On 9th October 2021 Simon recorded a webinar titled – Tax Issues for Personal Representatives.

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On 29th May 2020 Simon recorded a webinar about Nil Rate Band Discretionary Trusts.

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Education and Qualifications

DPhil, University of Oxford (2009)
MPhil, University of Oxford (2007)
BCL, University of Oxford (2005)
LLB, University of Liverpool (2004)

Publications and Lecturing

Books

Liability for Wrongful Interferences with Chattels (Hart 2011)

(co-editor) Landmark Cases in Property Law (Hart 2015)

(co-editor) Defences in Equity (Hart 2018)

Articles

(with Sinead Agnew) ‘Self-Declarations of Trust’ [2019] Law Quarterly Review (forthcoming)

(with Ben McFarlane) ‘Property and Analogy’ [2019] Oxford Journal of Legal Studies (forthcoming)

(with Paul Davies) ‘Tax Mistakes Post-Pitt v Holt’ (2018) 32 Trust Law International 3

‘Misuse of Rectification in the Law of Trusts’ (2018) 134 Law Quarterly Review 138

‘Trusts, Objectivity and Rectification’ in J Penner and P Davies (eds), Equity, Trusts and Commerce (Hart 2017)

(with B McFarlane) ‘Sham Trusts’ in R Hickey (ed), Modern Studies in Property Law (Hart 2017)

(with I Goold) ‘Property in the Human Biomaterials: A New Methodology’ [2016] Cambridge Law Journal 478

‘Reforming Implied Easements’ (2015) 131 Law Quarterly Review 251

‘How to Reform Section 62 of the Law of Property Act 1925’ [2015] 79 Conveyancer 13

‘Wrongful Interferences with Chattels’ in Halsbury’s Laws of England and Wales (2015)

‘The Argument for Property Rights in Body Parts’ (2012) 40 Journal of Medical Ethics 23

‘The Scope of Conversion: Property and Contract’, [2011] Modern Law Review 329

‘The Nature of Conversion’ [2009] Cambridge Law Journal 198

‘The Abolition of Detinue’ [2008] Conveyancer 30

‘Converting Contractual Rights’ [2008] Lloyds Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly 129