Barnsley & ors v Noble [2016] EWCA Civ 799

WTLR Issue: November 2016 #164





Michael and Philip Noble were brothers who built up a substantial property empire known as the Noble Organisation. It had a complex ownership and management structure involving a number of companies and partnerships and certain trusts for the benefit of their respective families. Michael died in 2006. The executors were Philip, his widow Gillian, and John Barnsley (an accountant associated with PricewaterhouseCoopers). There was a demerger of the business side and property side of the Noble Organisation with Philip taking the business assets and Gill taking the property assets. This was concluded in March 2009.

Counsel details

Romie Tager QC and Justin Kitson (Selborne Chambers, 10 Essex Street, London WC2R 3AA, tel 020 7420 9500, e-mail, instructed by Addleshaw Goddard LLP (Milton Gate, 60 Chiswell Street, London EC1Y 4AG, tel 020 7606 8855), for the appellant.

Joe Smouha QC (Essex Court Chambers, 24 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2A 3EG, tel 020 7813 8000, e-mail and Ciaran Keller (Maitland Chambers, 7 Stone Buildings, Lincoln’s Inn, London WC2A 3SZ, tel 020 7406 1200, e-mail, instructed by Debevoise & Plimpton LLP (65 Gresham Street, London EC2V 7NQ, tel 020 7786 9000), for the respondent.