University of London v Prag & anr [2014] EWHC 3564 (Ch)

WTLR Issue: May 2015 #149

UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

V

1. PROFESSOR JOHN PRAG

2. HER MAJESTY'S ATTORNEY GENERAL

Analysis

This decision concerned the construction of a trust deed dated 28 November 1944 (the deed) made between Eric Max Warburg on behalf of the Warburg family, Viscount Lee of Fareham on behalf of the Warburg Society, and the University of London (UOL). There arose questions about the scope of the deed, the ownership of property, the status of funding and the propriety of the administration by UOL under the deed. UOL brought a construction summons to determine these questions at the behest of HM Attorney General (the second defendant). The first defendant was Professor John Prag, of the University of Manchester, on behalf of the advisory council of the institute.

Counsel details

Counsel Robert Pearce QC and Nathan Wells (Radcliffe Chambers, 11 New Square, Lincoln’s Inn, London WC2A 3QB, tel 020 7831 0081, e-mail clerks@radcliffechambers.com), instructed by Pinsent Masons LLP (30 Crown Place, Earl Street, London EC2A 4ES, tel 020 7418 7000), for the claimant.

Simon Taube QC (10 Old Square, Lincoln’s Inn, London WC2A 3SU, tel 020 7405 0758, e-mail clerks@tenoldsquare.com) and Matthew Smith (Maitland Chambers, 7 Stone Buildings, Lincoln’s Inn, London WC2A 3SZ, tel 020 7406 1200, e-mail clerks@maitlandchambers.com), instructed by Bates Wells and Braithwaite London LLP (10 Queen Street Place, London EC4R 1BE, tel 020 7551 7777, e-mail mail@bwbllp.com) for the first defendant.

Amanda Tipples QC (Maitland Chambers, 7 Stone Buildings, Lincoln’s Inn, London WC2A 3SZ, tel 020 7406 1200, e-mail clerks@maitlandchambers.com), instructed by The Treasury Solicitor (One Kemble Street, London WC2B 4TS, tel 020 7210 3000, e-mail thetreasurysolicitor@tsol.gsi.gov.uk) for the second defendant.

Cases referenced

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Legislation referenced

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  • Education Reform Act 1988
  • Further and Higher Education Act 1992
  • Lewin on Trusts (18th Ed 2008)
  • now Charities Act 2011