Christopher McCall QC 1973 (QC 1987)


Christopher started in practice in a set well-known in the traditional fields of Chancery law, where he was a pupil of Sir John Vinelott. He specialises in trusts (both here and abroad), tax and charity law. From 1977 until taking Silk in 1987 he acted for the Inland Revenue in Chancery matters and from 1981 until 1987 was Junior Counsel to the Attorney-General in charity matters. His private client work includes advice on the trust aspects of divorce; his charity work has included a wide range of constitutional and practical issues and also the setting up of some notable new charities. Christopher has served on The Trust Law Committee since its inception. He has continued to work for the Inland Revenue as well as foreign tax authorities and private clients, and has fought many appeals in the House of Lords, Privy Council, and the Court of Appeal. He is a frequent contributor to periodicals and seminars on specialist subjects, including international debates on the law of trusts.

Legal directories rate him in the front rank in the fields of private client work, traditional Chancery and charity. In particular he is one of the tiny handful of barristers recognised in Chambers and Partners as a starred individual in more than one area of practice, in his case Charity Law and Private Client Practice.

In 2015 Christopher was awarded the STEP Private Client Lifetime Achievement Award for "an individual who has, over the course of their lifetime, made contributions of outstanding significance to the field of estate planning."

Notable Cases

Helena Partnership Ltd v Revenue & Customs Commissioners & Attorney-General (2012)

Commissioner of Taxpayer Audit & Assessment v Cigarette Co of Jamaica Ltd (2012)

Attorney General v Charity Commission for England and Wales & 10 Ors (2012)

Christopher Southgate & Anor v Peter Sutton & Ors (2011)

Helena Partnerships Ltd (Formerly Helena Housing Ltd) v Revenue & Customs Commissioners (2011)

Catholic Care v Charity Commission For England & Wales & Equality & Human Rights Commission (2010)

Helena Housing Ltd v Revenue & Customs Commissioners (TC00384) (2010)

Peter Sutton, Michael Coker,Adam Broke (Trustees) v Michael England & 5 ORS (2009)

Revenue & Customs Commissioners v Trustees of Peter Clay Discretionary Trust (2008)

Attorney-General v Trustees Of The British Museum (2005)

Graham West & Ors (HMIT) v Stephen Graham Trennery & Ors (2005)

Koziol v Davies (2004)

Simon Fraser v Canterbury Diocesan Board of Finance (2004)

BA (Oxon)

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