Maxim practises in all areas of modern chancery litigation, with a particular emphasis on the law of charities. He is ranked as one of the leading juniors for charities by both Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500, and is described as having a “formidable” knowledge of charity law matters while also being “keen to understand the bigger picture”. He acts for charities, individual trustees and beneficiaries, and has acted both for and against the Charity Commission and other regulators.
In addition to his specialist charities practice, he has related expertise in insolvency and property litigation, in both of which he is again ranked as a leading junior by the Legal 500. He is a member of the Charity Law Association and the Contentious Trusts Association (ConTrA).
Prior to coming to the Bar, Maxim read Philosophy and Theology at Oriel College, Oxford. He was awarded the Top First in his year and a Gibbs Prize for outstanding performance in Philosophy. He subsequently obtained a Distinction on his MA in Philosophy from King's College London and was a recipient of the Simon Dally Book Award.
At City University Law School, Maxim received a Distinction in his Graduate Diploma in Law and was marked Outstanding on the Bar Course. He received scholarships from Gray’s Inn for both of these – including a Bedingfield Scholarship, the highest scholarship awarded by Gray’s Inn, for the Bar Course.
Outside the law, Maxim’s hobbies include running, cycling, music, and a continuing academic interest in philosophy and theology.
The clerks are happy to discuss the basis on which Maxim will act in any given matter. In the absence of express written agreement otherwise, the terms under which Maxim accepts instructions are The Standard Contractual Terms for the Supply of Legal Services By Barristers to Authorised Persons 2020 (as updated from time to time) referred to in the BSB Handbook.