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UK-Bar Guide

Chancery: Traditional — London (Bar)

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From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET
XXIV Old Buildings is lauded for handling important and high-profile chancery matters both in the UK as well as in a range of other international jurisdictions. It has developed a strong reputation for being able to act in very complex traditional chancery disputes, with one solicitor reporting that "all barristers at the set understand these difficult areas of law." Its areas of particular expertise include trusts, professional negligence, probate and charities law. The set is particularly noted for fielding "some real heavyweight chancery barristers" in major offshore disputes.

Client service: "They have the wonderful Sue Medder as director; she is an enormous asset to the set and is really strong on the administrative side." "The whole operation is very accommodating and they are always on top of things. The barristers and clerks are both friendly and professional, and they really understand the modern world." Daniel Wilson and James Ladbrook are the senior practice managers.

SILKS

David Brownbill QC
Well-established barrister with experience of domestic and international disputes. His areas of expertise include trusts and offshore work, and he is regularly sought after for complex, high-profile litigation in connection with investment fund interests.
Strengths: "Does a very good job on difficult cases, as he comes up with penetrating analysis and can really see the big picture. He understands the nature of the high net worth world." "David is a great all-round barrister with formidable advocacy and negotiation skills."
Recent work: Recently acted in a large dispute in the British Virgin Islands and Hong Kong courts concerning hugely valuable assets tied up in British Virgin Islands entities.

Alan Steinfeld QC
Highly regarded barrister with an excellent reputation for traditional chancery work. He undertakes a range of private client work and is specifically noted for his experience of handling international trusts cases. He also has strong expertise in offshore disputes.
Strengths: "A barrister with tremendous brainpower and specialist experience and skills, he has a masterful way of turning a phrase." "His key strength is his creativity of thought; he's always someone who will come up with an unexpected escape plan or line of attack."
Recent work: Acted for the settlor and major beneficiaries of a very large Bermudan trust in relation to its restructuring and a significant portion of the assets being moved to a philanthropic foundation in Guernsey.

Elspeth Talbot Rice QC
Widely respected practitioner who deals with a range of domestic and international matters. She is lauded for her ability to handle large-scale trust and probate litigation and is universally praised for her skilful and tenacious advocacy in tough cases.
Strengths: "An absolutely top-class advocate, who presents arguments in court beautifully and is not the easiest opponent to face at all." "Elspeth is a real team player as well as a true leader, who is a go-to person for complex international disputes. She is incredibly hard working, diligent, rigorous and organised."
Recent work: Acted in a claim looking at whether very large Bermudian non-charitable purpose trusts, or the transfers of very substantial assets into them, were void or should be set aside accordingly.

Francis Tregear QC
Very experienced barrister with expertise in a wide array of private client disputes, who is noted for his involvement in high-value and complex matters. He is particularly expert in offshore trusts and company law matters.
Strengths: "Incredibly academic and very insightful on the law, he is very eloquent and calm in court. He always gets his point across in a very elegant and astute manner."
Recent work: Instructed on behalf of the Additional Liquidator for the Herald Fund, one of the biggest Bernie Madoff feeder funds.

JUNIORS

Michael King
Recognised as one of the more experienced junior barristers, and also has a considerable track record of acting as a mediator. He regularly deals with trusts, probate and estates, property litigation and charity law matters.
Strengths: "Everything he did was very positive and the clients were very happy with his performance throughout the case. He can think outside of the box and is a good problem solver." "He is very good in court and he has such a wealth of experience that even judges follow his directions and respect him."

Elizabeth Weaver
Experienced junior with extensive familiarity of trusts and probate disputes, who also takes instructions in restructuring and insolvency, company law and real estate litigation matters. She is no stranger to offshore and international matters.
Strengths: "Sensible, robust and forthright, she is a very honest dealer and a really punchy advocate. She always fights her client's corner robustly and energetically."
Recent work: Acted for children who were minors in a 1975 Act claim in connection with a very substantial and complicated estate.

Edward Cumming
Deals with the full range of private client, trust and probate matters. He is noted for his substantial offshore and company law practice, and has also appeared unled in major Court of Appeal cases.
Strengths: "Offers very sound advice and is good at both written work and advocacy." "He can deal with the most troublesome and difficult cases in a supremely confident way, and is always right on the mark with his advice."
Recent work: Acted in Crociani v Crociani, a high-value international trusts dispute with proceedings in a number of jurisdictions around the world.

Andrew Holden
Noted for his strong offshore disputes practice and widely regarded as a leading expert in the niche area of trust protectors. As well as handling trust litigation, he also has expertise in trust structuring and the drafting of trusts documentation.
Strengths: "A superb practitioner and a real rising star, who is phenomenally bright and articulate." "His young age belies his wisdom and gravitas."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant in an action for an account in relation to two UK trusts. The claim is remarkable because of the lengthy time span between the defendants' supposed actions and the claim being made in the UK courts.

Bajul Shah
Has a strong domestic and offshore trusts and probate litigation practice, and deals with complex civil fraud, asset tracing and pensions litigation. He also advises on complex charities matters.
Strengths: "Very responsive and very good at retaining all the facts and details in a case. He is good with clients and always happy to interact with them and help advise them directly." "His advice is backed with intellect and he really inspires confidence in the quality of his thinking. He's a lovely personable guy too."
Recent work: Acted for a current trustee in a dispute which concerned claims of over £183 million against former trustees arising out of allegations of breach of trust and gross negligence.

Adam Cloherty
Well-established junior barrister with a very broad chancery practice. He has a rapidly growing reputation for his work relating to international trusts, funds and charity litigation. He often appears in courts in a variety of offshore jurisdictions.
Strengths: "Technically very good and advises in a really clear way. His written advice is always fantastic as it's so lucid." "Gives common-sense advice and demonstrates strong emotional intelligence when dealing with clients."
Recent work: Represented the claimants in a complex matter concerning the removal of trustees and accounting in relation to various discretionary trusts on and offshore.

Helen Galley
Well-respected chancery practitioner with wide-ranging expertise in both contentious and non-contentious matters. She is an expert in both domestic and offshore trust matters.
Strengths: "Has in-depth experience and a good knowledge base." "She is very bullish and really drives the point home to ensure the best result for her client."
Recent work: Dealt with a high-profile estate matter concerning issues relating to the paternity of the deceased and the validity of a caveat in the will.

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From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET
5 Stone Buildings is renowned for its expertise in private client work and is described as "a real go-to set in the traditional chancery area." Its members deal with a very broad range of matters, including trusts, pension and revenue work, professional negligence, tax, charities, partnership and real estate litigation. The set is particularly recognised for its strength in Court of Protection matters and 1975 Act claims, whilst it is also developing a reputation for its offshore expertise. Sources praise the set's strength and depth, with one solicitor explaining: "The set's excellence is borne out by the number of barristers it has and the excellent qualities those barristers possess."

Client service: "Paul Jennings is excellent and runs a tight ship." "The clerks are very easy to deal with and it's easy to develop good relationships with them. You can be confident they will find the right counsel for any problem and they are very responsive and approachable."

SILKS

Tracey Angus QC
Well-respected barrister with a chancery practice encompassing equity and trusts, probate, family provision, Court of Protection work and related professional negligence matters. She has extensive experience of acting for individuals, trust companies and charities in both domestic and overseas courts.
Strengths: "Excellent at dealing with complex trust disputes and very quickly identifies the core issues in the matter. She radiates confidence and is an extremely reassuring presence for the client." "Her skeleton arguments are top-notch and she is very impressive in court. She is a real hard worker who is 100% committed to the client and the task of getting the best result for them."
Recent work: Acted in a dispute concerning the effect of trusts created by statutory codicil which required action to remove the trustees.

Henry Legge QC
A top-rated silk who deals with a wide range of chancery work. He is particularly noted for his expertise in cases involving trusts, estates, pension schemes and art. He handles numerous trustee and beneficiary disputes.
Strengths: "Very flexible and adapts to circumstances as they change. He is always on the ball and hugely responsive." "Henry really understands the traditional chancery world and gives impeccable advice."
Recent work: Acted in the Longleat litigation, appearing for the continuing trustees in respect of a disputed action to remove the trustees.

Penelope Reed QC
Highly regarded practitioner who has a focus on trusts, wills, contentious probate and Court of Protection matters. She is noted for her significant experience of dealing with 1975 Act claims and her expertise in inheritance disputes.
Strengths: "Hugely admired and respected for her general level of knowledge and ability; she is one of the first choices for some of the best solicitors in the market." "She is very calm and clear in her advice, which is always incisive and consistent, and she makes good tactical and strategic decisions."
Recent work: Currently instructed in a challenge to share transfers in a multimillion-pound company by someone who lacks capacity, a matter which involves a potential application for the Court of Protection.

Shân Warnock-Smith QC
Specialises in trusts, succession and other private wealth matters. She is widely admired for her in-depth knowledge of international trusts and her extensive familiarity with offshore matters.
Strengths: "A powerful advocate who knows how to catch and keep the judge's attention, and a good technical chancery lawyer who will really get involved in tough cases." "She has an outstanding reputation in trust work and is one of the foremost experts in offshore matters."

Christopher Tidmarsh QC
Has a wide-ranging chancery practice and advises on trusts and estates, pension schemes and associated professional negligence. He is well versed in trust taxation and regularly litigates before the appellate courts and Privy Council, as well as the Chancery Division.
Strengths: "Provides very incisive and analytical advice and deals well with very complex tax matters." "He gets on well with clients, is very skilled on the technical details of a case and can master complex legal issues."
Recent work: Recently appeared in the Court of Appeal in the British Virgin Islands in Khan v Gany, a family trust and accounting dispute.

David Rees QC
Undertakes a variety of traditional chancery work and handles both contentious and non-contentious matters. He has advised on many high-value cases concerning the administration of trusts and estates, contentious probate disputes and proprietary estoppel claims.
Strengths: "Clever, bright, has tons of legal knowledge and is informed on the technical aspects of the law." "He is very calm in difficult situations and his client skills are excellent as he is very empathetic and a good listener."
Recent work: Represented a widow who was bringing an inheritance claim for provision under the 1975 Act from her late husband’s estate, worth in excess of £10 million.

JUNIORS

Barbara Rich
Specialises in contentious succession and trusts litigation, and is also an experienced mediator with a fast-developing practice in that area. She also has extensive experience in property and affairs work in the Court of Protection.
Strengths: "Handles clients extraordinarily well. She also has a good academic grasp of the law whilst at the same time being a strong litigator who can identify and make practical arguments."
Recent work: Acted in a significant case which was centred on dispensing with service of statutory will application.

Leon Sartin
His practice covers all aspects of traditional chancery work, including trusts, probate, estate planning, inheritance and family provision matters. He also handles real property cases and related professional negligence, and is specifically noted for his in-depth expertise in tax matters.
Strengths: "Clear, unfussy and incredibly clever. He is very accessible, responsive and extremely nice to deal with." "Really excellent when there are complex tax issues to be dealt with."
Recent work: Handled an application for summary judgment of proprietary claims made by the long-term partner of a deceased against his insolvency estate. This matter is in connection with the fallout from the Berezovsky litigation of previous years.

Christopher Whitehouse
Has in-depth expertise in all aspects of private client taxation and also advises on a wide range of will, estate and trust-related matters. He is further noted for handling agricultural and business property relief matters.
Strengths: "The go-to man for fiendishly complex and high-value tax disputes." "Superb on inheritance tax issues, he's an expert in very complex and obscure areas of the law. He is extremely knowledgeable and is also a superb lecturer and author."
Recent work: Dealt with numerous agricultural and business property relief matters in connection with landed estates and farmhouse claims.

Joseph Goldsmith
Handles a broad range of traditional chancery work and acts on both contentious and non-contentious matters. He is noted for his experience in pension, trust, estate, tax and mental incapacity matters, and is further known for his expertise in ecclesiastical law.
Strengths: "A pragmatic and sensible barrister, who will always handle matters in a diligent and conscientious manner." "He has an excellent written style and impressive grasp of detail and of the law."

Sarah Haren
Her practice covers a wide variety of both contentious and non-contentious chancery matters. She deals with probate and the administration of estates, 1975 Act claims, trust matters and related taxation issues, as well as Court of Protection cases.
Strengths: "Fought her corner well in a difficult interim hearing. She was very straightforward in her advocacy, and proved sensible, measured and calm. In court she is tough when needed and doesn't give up easily." "She has an authoritative manner that reassures clients."
Recent work: Acted for minor beneficiaries and appeared for them at the hearing of an application for the construction and rectification of a trust deed.

Michael O'Sullivan
Specialises in trust and probate litigation as well as the taxation of trusts. He is noted for his particular expertise in inheritance tax and capital gains tax planning, and also has experience in pensions cases and Court of Protection work.
Strengths: "Very knowledgeable and his advice is always very easy to comprehend; his opinions are always very sensible and given in a way clients can understand. He is also very quick at dealing with matters and his turnaround time is wonderful."

Miranda Allardice
Has deep familiarity with family money disputes and acts on a range of chancery matters. Constructive trust claims, undue influence, probate, Inheritance Act claims and complex matrimonial finance matters are all areas of expertise for her. She also has a strong mediation practice.
Strengths: "Very knowledgeable, hugely intelligent and highly analytical." "She is a very strong mediator, especially in the area of contentious trusts, who achieves very favourable settlements for our clients."
Recent work: Acted in a dispute in connection with a 1975 Act claim regarding the loan of an inheritance sum. The estate had many creditors threatening enforcement proceedings.

Mark Baxter
Deals with all aspects of traditional chancery work and has a practice with an emphasis on contentious probate and Inheritance Act litigation, trust disputes, Court of Protection matters and professional negligence claims.
Strengths: "Enthusiastic, thoughtful and has good empathy with clients faced with often distressing situations. He comes up with very imaginative solutions."
Recent work: Instructed in an application to remove a sibling beneficiary as executrix by the rest of her sibling beneficiaries in circumstances where there was an unresolved dispute as to which of various codicils were valid testamentary documents.

Charlotte Edge
Her practice has a focus on contentious work, particularly claims challenging the validity of wills and claims by and against executors and trustees. She also handles inheritance matters under the 1975 Act.
Strengths: "Very good on the law" and "excellent for delicate cases with a sensitive family aspect. She can sit down with clients and go through difficult personal issues in a sympathetic manner."
Recent work: Advised the adult son, and the heir to a large family estate in Lincolnshire, in relation to his claims to an interest in the estate under the doctrine of proprietary estoppel.

Luke Harris
Undertakes work in all areas of chancery law, and is particularly good on cases concerning trusts, contentious probate, the administration of estates, 1975 Act claims and proprietary estoppel matters. He is also noted for his expertise in matters connected to art and cultural property.
Strengths: "Has a broad spread of knowledge and will always go the extra mile for the client. He is really keen on getting the right answer and is very passionate about looking after clients."
Recent work: Acted for the siblings in a complex removal claim against the son, acting as trustee, which included serious allegations of breach of trust and mal-administration.

Edward Hewitt
Well-established traditional chancery practitioner who has a focus on disputes connected to trusts and estates. He is also noted for his experience in Court of Protection matters and offshore trust disputes.
Strengths: "Hugely conscientious as well as being very intelligent and sensible." "He gives very measured, sensible and detailed advice, and knows how to put clients at ease."
Recent work: Represented the sister in a probate dispute between brother and sister regarding their father’s £1.3 million estate. The case involved issues of testamentary capacity, knowledge and approval, and fraudulent calumny.

Jordan Holland
Regularly works on cases in both the trusts and probate fields and is noted for his specific expertise in offshore litigation. He also handles cases involving art and cultural property and is further noted for his work handling Court of Protection matters.
Strengths: "Produces excellent detailed drafting and is very thorough and clear in the way he expresses his opinion. He has a good grasp of the practical approach needed when dealing with litigation."
Recent work: Acted for a well-known company in the Crociani litigation. This was a hostile breach of trust action with a value of nearly £1 billion.

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From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET
Ten Old Square is a well-established set with a number of leading practitioners in the traditional chancery division. It is highly regarded for its work in the private client area and is described by one solicitor as having "particularly fine knowledge of chancery work, specifically trust matters." Members here provide advice on wills, probate, estate administration, trust disputes and all related professional negligence issues. They are also noted for their specific expertise in connection with complex offshore matters. One instructing lawyer comments: "This is a wonderful set that gives excellent and well-rounded advice on a variety of matters."

Client service: "Very well run and you can always get hold of who you need to. The clerks are very knowledgeable and always keep on top of things; they put you in touch with exactly the person you require." Keith Plowman is the senior clerk at the set.

SILKS

Francis Barlow QC
Head of chambers and a barrister whose practice encompasses all aspects of both contentious and non-contentious chancery matters. He is highly lauded for his expertise in trust matters and is specifically noted for his drafting skills.
Strengths: "A heavyweight lawyer with a light touch, he is incredibly reassuring and someone you can always turn to when faced with a difficult legal issue or complex problem. He always gives very practical and sensible advice." "He is extremely knowledgeable and has a very confident yet laid-back approach. He is very authoritative and will always give you a definite view on what can and can't be done. He will not hesitate to give a clear and decisive opinion which will always inspire confidence."

Simon Taube QC
Very highly regarded traditional chancery barrister who deals with a range of complex and high-value cases both in the UK courts and overseas. He is lauded for his expertise in cases concerning trusts and estates, capital tax planning, trust taxation and fiduciary duties.
Strengths: "An extremely skilled wordsmith, who can get to the core of an issue and analyse it correctly within minutes, even when others have spent hours ruminating on the point." "He is everything you want in a silk and a leader in this field. He is strong strategically and allows his team to work well together and to the best of their abilities."
Recent work: Represented an individual client in an appeal against HMRC concerning a reversionary lease and inheritance tax issues.

Eason Rajah QC
Well-respected practitioner with extensive experience of dealing with domestic, cross-border and offshore disputes. He acts on a wide range of traditional chancery matters and is also a member of the Malaysian Bar.
Strengths: "A joy to deal with and brings a lot of common sense to matters. He guides you very smoothly through a case, demonstrating impeccable judgement, and is polite but forceful when needed." "You can rely on him due to his real in-depth knowledge of complex cross-border matters. He is also really first rate on multi-jurisdictional family disputes."
Recent work: Continues to act for His Exalted Highness the 8th Nizam of Hyderabad in a claim brought by Pakistan against NatWest for payment of the funds held in a bank account since Indian independence in 1947.

JUNIORS

Georgia Bedworth
Has a strong traditional chancery practice and undertakes a broad range of work. She focuses on trust and estate matters and is noted for her expertise when dealing with large landed estates.
Strengths: "One of the most phenomenally clever and sensible barristers you can come across; things just sort themselves out when she is on the case." "She is very detail-oriented and presents her work perfectly. Georgia is excellent at unpicking issues and analysing matters clearly and in depth."
Recent work: Represented the trustees in litigation challenging the institution and operation of the protectorship regime in a £400 million settlement.

Richard Dew
Well-established junior with extensive experience of high-value probate and trust work. His practice is mainly focused on litigation and he is often instructed to handle large and complex claims in all tiers of the court system.
Strengths: "Someone to instruct if you want a really serious understanding of trusts law; he is often selected instead of a silk." "A real heavyweight, who doesn't mince his words. He ensures the client and solicitor know the best course of action and the importance of taking it. He is worth his weight in gold."
Recent work: Acted for the executors and trustees in a dispute in which a step-daughter alleged that the will appointing these trustees and executors was made as a result of bullying and coercion.

Susannah Meadway
Primarily deals with trusts, estates and associated tax matters. She often handles cases in connection with large landed estates and is also noted for her expertise in trust variations and trust rectification cases.
Strengths: "Incredibly thorough; she leaves no stone unturned and knows the law backwards. She is also very authoritative in court." "She is very measured. She is one of the most intelligent barristers I know, and that is really saying something; she is in a different league."

Robert Arnfield
An experienced barrister who maintains a broad traditional chancery practice. He regularly deals with matters connected to trusts, wills, estate planning and administration, and is also an expert on related taxation and professional negligence issues.
Strengths: "His knowledge is good but what really stands out is how he applies the law to provide a pragmatic and practical answer. He knows all these obscure points and can provide the right solution for clients." "Very articulate on his feet, he is completely unflappable even when judges throw some really tricky stuff at him. He handles matters coolly and very expertly."
Recent work: Handled the rectification of a Deed of Appointment to correct the identity of a fund liable for inheritance tax.

Leon Pickering
Has developed a wide-ranging chancery practice with a real focus on private client matters as well as Court of Protection work. He advises extensively on inheritance tax, capital gains tax planning and other succession matters.
Strengths: "Excellent in court and on his feet and very good at dealing with clients." "He is really, really bright and very highly rated in the market. When you speak to other law firms he's definitely perceived as one who is a rising star in the field."
Recent work: Advised and represented court-appointed trustees in a contentious case where the beneficiaries sought to obtain an interim injunction against the trustees of a discretionary trust in order to prevent them selling a property held in trust.

James MacDougald
Up-and-coming barrister whose practice is focused on the full range of traditional chancery work. He regularly advises on trusts, wills, estate administration and probate matters, as well as personal tax and 1975 Act claims.
Strengths: "His technical knowledge is very good and he gets to grips with things very quickly. Even though he is a young junior, he really inspires confidence in solicitors and clients. He is very thoughtful in his approach and never shy to give his opinion on matters."
Recent work: Represented the claimants in a case in which both they and the defendants claimed to be the duly appointed trustees and managers of two Sikh temples in the UK.

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Wilberforce Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET
Wilberforce Chambers is recognised as one of the premier sets in the area of trusts, taxation and other private client work. It is noted for having a significant number of established silks and for being involved in some of the most high-profile and complex cases in this field. One source enthuses: "The chambers is of real benefit to even the most experienced practitioners, and one of the leading sets in terms of commercial acumen and accessibility." A solicitor adds: "Wilberforce is exceptional at dealing with private client matters and is the standout set for trust disputes."

Client service: "The clerks are great and very commercially minded; they can make things happen. You always feel like you are getting special treatment." "The clerking team there is very good and able to deal with any issue you may have." Nicholas Luckman is the practice director and Mark Rushton is the head clerk.

SILKS

Brian Green QC
Highly rated silk who is a leading practitioner in trust and estate law. He is further praised for having wide-ranging experience in other chancery matters, and is a noted expert in offshore disputes.
Strengths: "A powerhouse with a formidable reputation and a very high profile, who does big, big cases likely to be on the front page of the Financial Times." "He is just supremely good at seeing the big picture and cutting through to the important points. His judgement and experience are unparalleled, as is his legal expertise, and you can have total faith in his judgement and wisdom."
Recent work: Acted in the UK Supreme Court in the first case to reach that court on the Hague Convention on the recognition of trust validity under the Recognition of Trusts Act 1987.

Gilead Cooper QC
Specialises in contentious trust and property matters on both a domestic and international basis. He is highly regarded for his expertise in offshore matters and regularly appears in overseas courts on high-profile cases.
Strengths: "Very good at understanding the technical aspects of trust law whilst also being very perceptive to personal situations and commercial realities. He understands the interpersonal dynamics involved in these types of cases."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant in a claim by an executor of the will of a high-profile Saudi government minister. Disclosure of information was sought from the family office of a Lebanese businessman, who had been an associate of the deceased government minister.

Michael Furness QC
Head of chambers and noted for his work in onshore and offshore disputes. He often deals with trust and tax litigation as well as associated professional negligence matters. His cases often involve complex, multi-jurisdictional issues.
Strengths: "Well regarded for his advice to trustees and has a strong track record of giving good strategic advice on litigation and the court process." "He has a first-class brain, is enormously constructive and works very hard at turning over all the stones in a case."
Recent work: Represented a former trustee in a claim brought against them for excessive fees and overpayments to other parties.

Robert Ham QC
Hugely experienced practitioner who specialises in trusts and taxation matters, handling both contentious and non-contentious work. He also has expertise in pensions and professional negligence matters.
Strengths: "Has enormous understanding of his subject; when he speaks everyone listens and everyone believes what he says." "He is extraordinary; he gives some of the best and most clear advice on very difficult topics. A seasoned trusts lawyer, he is very good with clients as he has a very kind and sympathetic manner."
Recent work: Advising trustees of Manx trusts in connection with claims by SEC and IRS that the trusts were shams.

Fenner Moeran QC
Specialises in complex family disputes and frequently handles sensitive and high-profile trust cases. He has developed a substantial offshore disputes practice and is noted for his expertise in cases concerning complex property issues arising out of matrimonial breakdown.
Strengths: "Very bright and very diligent, he has a mind that is incredibly lucid and he can recall every detail." "A strong and sensible advocate, who is able to deal with some of the most difficult and complex matters. He stands his ground when needed but is also open to cutting a deal."
Recent work: Advised on a significant trust case regarding whether representations by one trustee could bind the other trustee to a proprietary estoppel, and whether trustees could bind beneficiaries’ interests by a proprietary estoppel in favour of another beneficiary who had notice of the trust.

Jonathan Davey QC
Regularly involved in complex and high-value traditional chancery disputes, he is noted for his experience in significant tax litigation and has acted in several high-profile cases relating to that area. He also has expertise in pensions and charity matters.
Strengths: "Very smooth and intelligent, he presents his case very well. The clients were delighted with him and the client we worked with would only take advice from him." "A very smart and powerful advocate."
Recent work: Handled a £1 billion dispute regarding the proper analysis and tax treatment in respect of LLPs involved in the film and games industries.

Jonathan Hilliard QC
Often involved in matters relating to complex offshore structures, he acts in various jurisdictions. He is also noted for his recent experience in dealing with highly lucrative trust and divorce cases in both onshore and offshore jurisdictions.
Strengths: "Practical, clear and very focused in his advice." "He has been exceptional handling cases, both on overall strategy and also when dealing with substantive law."

Clare Stanley QC
Focuses her practice on contentious trusts and probate litigation on both a domestic and international basis. She has significant experience of handling offshore disputes and numerous 1975 Act claims.
Strengths: "Judges are very complimentary about her and how she controls matters. She absolutely knows what she is doing and takes total command of the case by dint of her easy and straightforward manner." "Clare is insightful and can really help clients with overall strategy. Her turnaround time is amazing and she is very amiable."
Recent work: Acted in a long-running battle between a brother and his siblings and the trustees of their late mother’s will. The case concerned whether the brother should be allowed to occupy the main asset of the estate.

John Martin QC
Exceptionally experienced barrister with specific expertise in contentious trust cases. He also has plenty of experience in offshore disputes and regularly appears in court in a variety of overseas jurisdictions.
Strengths: "Authoritative and an absolute star on contentious matters; you always want him on your side in such disputes." "He is extremely good when appearing at every level of the court system and has a hugely impressive command of the law."

JUNIORS

Andrew Child
Leading junior in the field of traditional chancery, who often handles many of the most important cases concerning estate and trust litigation both domestically and offshore. He is noted for his expertise in breach of trust claims and private international law issues.
Strengths: "Known for giving well thought-out and clear advice, he is incisive and analytical in his approach to complex matters." "His is a name you see on all the biggest cases. He is very in-demand with solicitors and always acts in important cases that produce significant decisions and judgments."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of a divorcing party in reply to a worldwide freezing injunction and asset protection order in support of ongoing Israeli divorce proceedings.

Judith Bryant
Well-experienced junior who specialises in advisory and litigation work involving trusts. She often advises on trusts variation matters, trustees' applications and disputes over the interpretation of complex trusts documentation.
Strengths: "Her legal intellect is first rate and she adds a lot of value through her opinions." "She has excellent commercial instincts" and is "able to give very clear, no-nonsense advice and represent the position of her clients in a decisive way."

Emily Campbell
Has a practice encompassing a broad range of chancery work. She is particularly experienced in litigation and advisory work relating to trusts, estates, pension schemes and taxation. Campbell also has expertise in international matters.
Strengths: "Impressive at explaining the law in court and confidently conveying her legal argument." "She is very intelligent, and her work is always well considered, detailed and comprehensive."
Recent work: Involved in a long-running trust dispute which culminated in a seven-week trial. The case involved allegations of breach of trust, wilful default and wrongful distribution of significant trust assets.

Mark Studer
Wide-ranging chancery practitioner who deals with the full range of private client litigation. He frequently handles overseas and offshore matters and is also noted for his significant expertise in the area of charity law.
Strengths: "Good at dealing with complex multiparty cases with lots of family members involved. He has excellent legal knowledge, is very responsive and is very engaged with the case." "Mark takes an academic and intellectual approach to questions; he works logically which is very helpful."

Andrew Mold
Junior with a broad chancery practice who regularly appears against silks. He has particular expertise in breach of trust matters, and is excellent at handling the trust elements of high-value divorce proceedings.
Strengths: "Very approachable and really straightforward with his advice, he is concise and to the point. He is articulate and intelligent, and builds up a good rapport with the clients as he's not stuffy." "A great performer in court and a very persuasive speaker."
Recent work: Advised on a divorce case in which the majority of the USD12 billion assets in dispute were held in a Cypriot trust structure. The case featured parallel proceedings in England, Switzerland, Cyprus, the British Virgin Islands, Singapore and Florida.

Tiffany Scott
Experienced barrister who advises on all aspects of trusts and estates work, both on a contentious and non-contentious basis. She is also noted for her expertise in offshore and multi-jurisdictional matters.
Strengths: "Very pleasant and very bright, she has tons of experience and is very well respected by her peers and third parties alike." "She can simplify the most complex arguments and she takes a firm and fair attitude to contentious matters."
Recent work: Junior counsel for the Marquesa Soledad Cabeza de Vaca in a case brought by her son regarding a £160 million trust fund.

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Band 2

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET
Radcliffe Chambers offers specialist expertise in all areas of private client law, and has extensive experience in contentious trust litigation. It is recognised for its work in wills and estates, property and tax law, and Court of Protection matters, and has developed an increasing reputation for its work in offshore jurisdictions. One instructing lawyer comments: "Members here have a strong track record for handling traditional chancery work, and are sensible, pragmatic and adept." Another source highlights the fact that the set has "real depth in its ranks."

Client service: "The clerks are a huge and important part of team at the chambers. They are friendly, helpful and approachable and always come back quickly when you contact them." "The clerks here function at a very high level. They are very organised and sort out all relevant deadlines, court dates and time limits. They really support you and your clients." Keith Nagle and John Clark are the joint senior clerks.

SILKS

Peter Crampin QC
Senior silk with a wide-ranging practice that takes in trusts, charities and property law cases. He has experience in a variety of overseas jurisdictions and is especially regarded for his expertise in charity matters.
Strengths: "A very long-standing and very well-respected barrister, who is solid, measured and dependable." "He speaks very eloquently and has good overall knowledge of the law."

Robert Pearce QC
Well-established traditional chancery lawyer who is an expert in trust drafting and probate disputes, and is also a market leader in charity law. He is further noted for his experience as an accredited mediator.
Strengths: "Fiercely intelligent and a man with very good commercial instincts, he is one of the leading barristers when it comes to the variation of trusts." "He is understated, sensible and dependable; he always delivers a measured opinion."
Recent work: Acted for the literary executor of a deceased Oxbridge professor who is in dispute with the deceased’s widow, the beneficiary, as to issues arising out of the deceased’s literary estate.

Keith Rowley QC
Represents a wide variety of clients in trusts litigation and business disputes. He is particularly noted for his pensions work, and is regularly instructed by large financial firms, banks and private individuals.
Strengths: "A name consistently linked to big and important cases, who provides very detailed and well thought-out advice. Professional trustees consult him in order to get major strategic opinions on big legal issues." "He is a forensic lawyer, who gets right down to the key issues."
Recent work: Acted for survivors of sexual abuse in claims against the estate of Jimmy Savile. The case raised issues about the evidence required to sanction a trustee or executor of a charitable trust and the executor's duty towards the claimants.

JUNIORS

Thomas Dumont
Experienced junior who is sought after by high-profile clients in a variety of complex trust disputes. He has extensive traditional chancery experience and is widely praised for his client handling skills.
Strengths: "Excellent at technical and intricate trust work. He fully understands some very obscure aspects of trust law and has real in-depth legal knowledge."
Recent work: Acted in a dispute between Lady Killearn’s estate, her trustees and her grandson about the family mansion.

Piers Feltham
Noted traditional chancery practitioner with particular knowledge of the law of estoppel. He appears both in the UK and overseas in a number of trust cases and is particularly recognised for the quality of his drafting skills.
Strengths: "His written work shows immense clarity of thought, and he provides advice in a way that is ideal for the client." "He is very forthright and has a really brilliant mind."
Recent work: Represented trustees, who had been wrongly advised by previously instructed senior counsel to resist an application for disclosure. Feltham advised the trustees to discard the previous advice and give disclosure to the beneficiaries.

Mark West
Focuses on real property and trust matters whilst maintaining a broad traditional chancery practice. He is treasurer of the Chancery Bar Association and a Deputy Judge of the Upper Tribunal (Administrative Appeals Chamber).
Strengths: "Demonstrates creativity and imagination in his opinions. He can approach matters from many different angles which allows for more complete analysis of the legal case." "His written opinions are always well thought through and detailed."

Justin Holmes
Specialist in private client litigation, whose practice has a particular emphasis on Court of Protection matters, contentious probate cases and trust disputes. He is also noted for his expertise in inheritance claims and associated professional negligence matters.
Strengths: "A persuasive, down-to-earth barrister with a very practical mind. He is a sensible and trusted advocate who is used widely by the official solicitors and other lawyers."

Katherine McQuail
Has a practice that covers a wide range of traditional chancery work. She has expertise in all aspects of trusts, wills, inheritance and estate administration matters. In addition, she has experience of numerous Court of Protection cases.
Strengths: "Very forceful in making her arguments and someone who always follows them up very diligently. She is very confident in court and always fights hard for her clients." "Her main strength is that she is extremely pragmatic and a real team player. She is very happy to get involved and turn advice around quickly and effectively."
Recent work: Acted in a case where the client had been convicted of murdering his wife and the executor of the wife’s estate had obtained a significant judgment against the client for damages for the wife’s death in default.

William Moffett
Acts for trustees and beneficiaries in a range of disputes. He is particularly knowledgeable in 1975 Act claims and has extensive experience of dealing with challenges to wills turning on issues such as want of capacity and undue influence.
Strengths: "Very approachable and an excellent advocate, he comes across very well in court and he always gives well thought-out and easy-to-understand advice to clients." "William takes a very considered approach to the law and his written opinions are very cogent. He is very logical in his thinking and he has extremely sound and detailed technical knowledge."

Roger Mullis
Possesses significant expertise in cases concerning property, contentious trusts and probate, family provision issues and estate administration. He is often instructed by many high-profile clients, including major landed estates.
Strengths: "He is known for his legal acumen as well as his ability to handle certain types of very complex cases."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant in a long-lasting family dispute, in which daughter and son-in-law were claiming an interest in the mother’s house based on an alleged common intention constructive trust.

Francesca Quint
Has developed a traditional chancery practice with a particular focus on charities work. She is particularly good at will and trusts cases involving charities, and is also an accredited mediator.
Strengths: "Very commercial, very user-friendly and very responsive, she can adapt her style depending on what's needed."

Ulick Staunton
His practice encompasses contentious and non-contentious chancery matters. He is noted for his expertise in cases concerning wills and trusts, probate, property, insolvency and the Court of Protection.
Strengths: "Very professional and very analytical, he has a good breadth of knowledge and is excellent at handling clients. You have confidence when instructing him." "He is a very strong litigator and negotiator, who really goes the extra mile for his client and is tenacious in court."

Tom Beasley
Regularly acts for very wealthy individuals and banks in a range of private client matters. He has a focus on Court of Protection matters, and those relating to trusts, wills, probate, property and associated professional negligence.
Strengths: "A popular choice with solicitors and silks, he has a wealth of experience of handling some very significant cases." "He is very sensible and straightforward."
Recent work: Acted in a large dispute between a wealthy Kenyan family. The case dealt with many interesting points involving constructive trusts, proprietary estoppel and partnership law.

Gordon Nurse
Widely experienced chancery barrister with a long-standing reputation. He advises on multimillion-pound disputes and is noted for his expertise in charity law. Nurse also sits as a Deputy Master in the Chancery Division.
Strengths: "Can deal with very difficult estates and is exceedingly helpful, proactive and intelligent. He is very quick and efficient and thoroughly comprehensive in his written advice." "Gordon has an analytical mind and gives very precise advice. He absorbs facts very quickly and it is a great pleasure to deal with him."

Elizabeth Ovey
A broad-ranging chancery practitioner specialising in building society and pensions matters, as well as professional negligence work. She also edits a number of well-regarded works on trusts and mortgages law.
Strengths: "She is very sensible and she dispenses high-quality advice."
Recent work: Acted in NRAM Plc v Nelmes, a case regarding issues of unfairness in connection with the payment of undisclosed commissions to a broker.

Kate Selway
Well-established litigator with a caseload focused on trusts, wills, probate and estate administration, charities and Court of Protection matters. She is further recognised for her work on behalf of various government departments.
Strengths: "Her advice is crystal clear, and she is very client-friendly, enthusiastic and a pleasure to deal with. She is very prompt and always reacts well to what the other side throws at her."

Nathan Wells
Has a practice strong on trusts, wills, probate, administration of estates and family provision matters. He has extensive experience of appearing in all UK courts.
Strengths: "Excellent at reaching favourable settlements for his client, and very bright. He gives very clear advice and is an authoritative figure." "Creative and imaginative in his approach to legal advice, he can think outside the box."

Edward Hicks
A respected name in the private client area who acts in many trust and probate disputes. His practice takes in 1975 Act claims, administration of estates and trusts matters, land disputes and landlord and tenant cases.
Strengths: "Has detailed legal knowledge and can deal with the most complex of matters. He gives superb opinions and advice in conference and has a very commercial mind."
Recent work: Represented children of the deceased in a long-running inheritance dispute concerning the family home and other assets.

Josh Lewison
Rising star who is noted for his traditional chancery expertise. He has extensive offshore trust litigation experience and further handles a good deal of complex, high-value non-contentious work.
Strengths: "You are sure he will get it right as he knows his way around everything. He attends to matters speedily and can deal with the most technical aspects of a case with ease." "Very quick on his feet and very eloquent in presenting his cases."
Recent work: Acted for a beneficiary who sought to remove the trustees and protector of a trust set up by her parents. The trustees agreed to be removed and replaced.

Daniel Burton
Has a strong chancery practice and shows particular interest in pensions, banking and financial services, probate and trusts-related matters.
Strengths: "Incredibly hands-on, has a commercial mind and turns around work very quickly to a high standard." "He is an exceptionally good advocate who takes judges through matters methodically and diligently. The court really appreciates his input."
Recent work: Acted for the successful defendant in satellite proceedings in Haastrup Estate litigation. This was a strongly contested litigation which covered some complex and relevant areas of law.

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From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET
Serle Court "fields a lot of very talented barristers" who are regularly involved in very significant and high-profile traditional chancery cases. Individuals here are particularly noted for their expertise in contentious and non-contentious trust matters, and regularly handle cases in international and offshore jurisdictions. Their broad diet of traditional chancery work also includes wills and probate and charity cases. Members of the set act for clients at all levels of the court system, including the Supreme Court, and are noted for their deft handling of sprawling pieces of litigation. The set as a whole "continues to bring in strong names year on year," as evidenced by the arrival in recent times of Richard Wilson QC and Constance McDonnell, who joined from a rival chancery set.

Client service: "The clerks are all very accommodating and very professional; it's a very slick operation there so it is a pleasure to instruct the set." John Petrie is chief executive and Steve Whitaker is head clerk.

SILKS

Alan Boyle QC
Senior silk and head of chambers who is known for his long-standing experience at the Chancery Bar. His practice focuses on trusts and probate litigation and he is noted for his involvement in some of the most high-profile cases in recent times.
Strengths: "A real heavyweight of the Chancery Bar, who has massive courtroom presence and is an extremely serious advocate. He has seen it all and done it all in every jurisdiction imaginable, and is a big gun you roll out for special occasions."
Recent work: Acted in a claim arising out of the Madoff fraud. It concerned two of the largest feeder funds which placed money with Madoff and raised questions of unjust enrichment and contractual entitlement.

Frank Hinks QC
Traditional chancery specialist with decades of experience in trust and probate matters. He provides advice and handles litigation both domestically and offshore, and is known for representing some very high-profile clients.
Strengths: "Top, top drawer and the most experienced counsel you could meet. He handles some of the biggest clients and handles matters with incredible savvy." "Has incredibly quick turnaround time and is very user-friendly. He always gives practical advice and is a good strategist."

Elizabeth Jones QC
Has a long-established practice in contentious trust and probate work, and is particularly good in cases concerning issues of fraud, asset tracing and insolvency. She has a wealth of international experience, having many cases in overseas jurisdictions.
Strengths: "Phenomenally clever as well as phenomenally effective, she is an extremely forceful advocate. She's also acquired a really strong reputation as a mediator for trust and estate matters." "A class act who is incredibly well trusted by both her clients and opposing counsel. She has the utmost integrity and people have confidence in her."
Recent work: Instructed on behalf of a New Zealand businessman and philanthropist in various proceedings relating to a British Virgin Islands joint venture company.

Richard Wilson QC
Has a strong traditional chancery practice involving a substantial amount of international work. He frequently advises landed estates and institutional trustees and is further recognised for his expertise in offshore trusts.
Strengths: "A very good advocate who is excellent at legal analysis, and whose written work is always of a high standard." He is very engaging and the epitome of a modern barrister as he is not stuffy, is au fait with social media and really knows the marketplace."
Recent work: Represented the son of a famous interior designer who was challenging his late father’s will. The case involved interesting issues concerning knowledge and approval.

John Machell QC
Well-regarded barrister with wide ranging expertise in chancery matters. He is often instructed in cases involving issues connected to trusts, partnerships and commercial contracts. He also has significant offshore experience.
Strengths: "His legal expertise is exemplary and his brain works very logically. He can process and understand very complex matters and explain them to the client well." "A fabulous, thoughtful and considerate advocate, who is very commercially aware and takes his roles and duties very seriously. He ensures he achieves equitable results and is a pleasure to work with."
Recent work: Acted for the successful claimant in a dispute relating to the ownership of a Banksy mural painted onto a wall of a building.

Dakis Hagen QC
Focuses his practice on cases concerning trust disputes, wills and estates. He also acts in divorce matters which feature property or trust law, and is further noted for his expertise in offshore disputes.
Strengths: "Knows everything there is to know about trust law, and is very good at strategising and winning arguments. He is very thoughtful and comes up with these great and inventive solutions." "Very lively and energetic, he is very appealing in court and is further known for producing absolutely outstanding skeleton arguments."
Recent work: Appeared for defendant in Wooldridge v Wooldridge, which concerned a valuable Inheritance Act claim.

JUNIORS

William Henderson
Highly esteemed practitioner who is praised for his work with private clients, trustees and trust companies. His practice typically involves trusts, probate, estate administration, charities and professional negligence matters.
Strengths: "Very understated but hugely intelligent and thoughtful. He is particularly excellent on charity points and is a go-to person on such matters." "William is technically phenomenal and clients are enamoured by him."
Recent work: Represented Mrs Pitt up to the Supreme Court in one of the most important trust cases of recent times. The Supreme Court ruled in favour of Mrs Pitt and set aside a previous settlement on the basis she had been seriously mistaken as to the inheritance tax consequences of a particular transaction.

James Brightwell
Well-established traditional chancery barrister with recognised expertise in trust and offshore matters. He is highly rated for his in-depth knowledge of obscure trust law.
Strengths: "Has very insightful knowledge of trust law and is involved in many high-profile proceedings." "Without doubt he is held in extremely high regard by the clients. He has consistently dealt extremely diplomatically with some very difficult situations and has never faltered in his approach."

Constance McDonnell
Her practice focuses on contentious trusts and probate cases and she also handles 1975 Act claims and Court of Protection matters. Other areas of interest include claims relating to the administration of estates and the removal of personal representatives.
Strengths: "A consummate performer on her feet, she really knows her stuff and you can't get one over on her." "She is very in-demand, is incredibly bright, and has great commercial instincts."
Recent work: Acted for the niece and nephew of a testator who had given them his estate by his last will. The validity of the will was being challenged by two other nieces of the testator on the grounds of lack of testamentary capacity and want of knowledge and approval.

Giles Richardson
Has a particularly strong focus on restructuring, insolvency and company law, and also a very active trusts practice. He handles large cases both domestically and internationally.
Strengths: "Has the ability to master a vast range of documents in a very short space of time and come up with some very effective arguments to strengthen claims." "He is very bright and very articulate."
Recent work: Acted for the estate of the 7th Nizam of Hyderabad in relation to a £20 million bank account deposited in London by the 7th Nizam in 1947.

Emma Hargreaves
Instructed in a number of substantial high-profile trust cases, both in the UK and offshore. She also deals with civil fraud, commercial and company disputes and is further noted for her international experience.
Strengths: "Provides very detailed and technical legal advice. Her written advice is excellent and confident, and she has a full understanding of the issues in a case." "She gets things done very quickly and is always very thorough and very organised."
Recent work: Represented the second defendant in landmark trustee directions proceedings relating to very substantial non-charitable purpose trusts.

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From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET
Maitland Chambers is a well-established set which receives plenty of instructions of large traditional chancery matters. It is known for its involvement in high-profile litigation in UK and overseas, especially in Jersey and Hong Kong. It deals with many private client cases and is described as "a big-hitting chancery set which undertakes a broad range of work in this sector." The set is also well known for handling property litigation and company law cases and is praised by an instructing solicitor as being "our preferred set and one we would use again." The solicitor adds: "They are very responsive and I would put them up there with the leading sets."

Client service: "I think the clerks are excellent; they are very efficient and put you in contact with the right person. They are friendly, accommodating and always will go the extra mile. They also always suggest very good alternatives if the barrister we want is not available." Stewart Thompson is the chambers director and John Wiggs is the senior clerk.

SILKS

Christopher McCall QC
Hugely respected and revered barrister with decades of experience in traditional chancery. His areas of specialism include trusts, tax and charity law. He deals with a range of private clients as well as HMRC and foreign tax authorities.
Strengths: "He is one of the most senior chancery barristers and has a formidable track record in this area that is really unparalleled." "He is very smart, professional and incisive in his analysis. He has a lovely manner which really exudes confidence."

Michael Driscoll QC
Has a broad traditional chancery practice, and is instructed in both offshore and domestic matters that involve trusts, fraud and property disputes. He has recently acted in a number of international and domestic arbitrations.
Strengths: "He has a fearsome reputation in this area of law. People have been against him and struck by his skill and diligence." "He enjoys a very strong reputation. He dispenses excellent advice; it is always well thought-out and considered."

Catherine Newman QC
Experienced barrister whose practice takes in a wide range of domestic and international work. Her caseload includes contract, equity and trusts matters along with company and partnership disputes.
Strengths: "She is very immersed in the world of both offshore and onshore trusts. She is extremely good in court and I've seen her make some very impressive and able arguments." "She is a very punchy advocate; she is very efficient and really on the ball. She really knows how to fight a case and you are wary of being against her as an opponent."
Recent work: Instructed in a claim for an account and inquiries by an investor against a trustee who was paid money to acquire shares for the investor.

Jonathan Russen QC
Well-established silk with a reputation for handling contentious private client matters. Often acts in cases involving offshore trusts and breach of fiduciary duty. He is also instructed as an arbitrator on a regular basis.
Strengths: "He is extremely good on both property and trust matters. He is very bright and really comes well prepared and always knows his stuff." "He is really bright and very amenable; he made silk very quickly and judges really listen to him and respect his opinion."
Recent work: Acting for the claimant in a probate claim where the will relied upon is challenged as a forgery, and on the grounds of want of knowledge and approval.

JUNIORS

Nigel Thomas
Long-standing member of the Chancery Bar who has been instructed in matters relating to forfeiture proceedings under a will, proprietary estoppel, trustees' duties and claims against the estate of a deceased.
Strengths: "He was very good and he knew many elements to tie the case together. He was well suited to the role. He always made himself available to suit our client's requirements and then went even further. He is incisive and clear in his advice." "He is a punchy advocate. I rate him and he is a forthright and formidable barrister."
Recent work: Involved in bitterly contested family dispute concerning the ownership of a family farm and farming partnership assets valued at more than £10 million.

Thomas Fletcher
Widely praised up-and-coming junior who is rapidly developing a reputation for his impressive advice on complex trust and estate cases. He is also noted for his significant international and offshore expertise.
Strengths: "I was reassured by his technical expertise and his practical approach to legal issues. He has a panoramic view of trust and probate law. He is very good dealing with difficult clients and always struck the right tone when giving advice." "He is extremely good at dealing with strategic issues and knows how to handle himself in court. He has a very clear and precise drafting style which is incredibly helpful."

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New Square Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

New Square Chambers is a well-known name at the Chancery Bar whose barristers are instructed in the full range of traditional chancery work. Members have extensive experience of handling trust litigation and act for both beneficiaries and trustees in complex and high-value disputes. They also deal with all aspects of wills, probate and estate administration and have developed expertise in the international private wealth sphere. Instructing solicitors say of New Square: "It is a set with strong young barristers coming through" who are "clear and concise in their advice."

Client service: "The clerks are always very friendly and useful. They turn things around well, make sure the right barristers are available and are very efficient." Phil Reeves is the head of clerking.

SILKS

Nicholas Le Poidevin QC
Highly regarded traditional chancery practitioner who is recognised for his strength in trust matters. He also deals with wills and estates, property and company work, and is equally adept at both contentious and advisory work.
Strengths: "His knowledge is first class and the quality and clarity of his written advice is particularly notable. He is delightful to deal with and has a charming manner with clients. All in all, an outstanding lawyer and a persuasive advocate." "He's a truly fêted authority in this industry, who is a giant in this market and a top-quality lawyer."
Recent work: Acted in a case in which husband and wife mistakenly signed wills meant for the other party, leading to questions of validity.

George Laurence QC
Experienced silk with a strong track record in matters involving administrative and public law. He handles real property matters and is further noted for his expertise in village greens and public right of way issues.
Strengths: "Incredibly bright and very pleasant. Clients are happy to work with him and they take confidence from him." "He does a lot of common property-related issues, and is very experienced, calm and collected."
Recent work: Acted in Quenby Brothers v Hertfordshire County Council. The case raised interesting questions as to whether a substantial verge alongside the carriageway of the high street of a market town was in law part of the public highway.

JUNIORS

Lynton Tucker
Recognised as a market leader in the area of trusts and offshore work. He often deals with cases in the Channel Islands, the Cayman Islands, Jersey and Hong Kong. Tucker is also the senior editor of the textbook 'Lewin on Trusts.'
Strengths: "Perfection personified, he is one of the most distinguished trust lawyers in the industry and is very reliable. He always delivers on time." "A wonderful advocate who carries tremendous authority."
Recent work: Advised on matters relating to a very substantial Jersey trust, the settlors and beneficiaries of which are members of a high-profile Middle Eastern family.

Mark Hubbard
Regularly handles high-value and complex trust and estate matters, often with offshore or cross-border aspects. He handles a wide-range of traditional chancery matters including cases relating to inheritance claims and estate administration.
Strengths: "A robust barrister who quickly wins the respect of clients and demonstrates that he's taking them on the correct path. He's useful to bring in because he will impress upon them the seriousness of matters." "A great choice for very complex cases where you have tons of legal issues arising in one matter."
Recent work: Represented the wife of the deceased in a complex international case involving trust and estate claims in England, France, Jersey and Switzerland.

Alexander Learmonth
Has a strong reputation in wills and succession matters. He is noted for his expertise specifically in contentious probate, family provision and estate administration, and also has significant experience in property litigation.
Strengths: "Extremely able from every angle you look at it. He is very good on the detail and is adept at whichever forum he is working in." "Fantastically clever; he always thinks of something that no one else has. He is a very good advocate and exceptional on his feet."
Recent work: Successfully argued that an agreement made in 2006 as to the administration of a particularly complex estate was binding on the parties when made, and continued to be binding despite a further decade of argument.

Charlotte Ford
Has a wide-ranging contentious and non-contentious traditional chancery practice. She regularly handles matters concerning the administration of estates and trusts and has a particular interest in cases involving the threat of insolvency.
Strengths: "Really knows her stuff, and is pragmatic and commercial. She is technically very capable and does some excellent work for very high-profile and often demanding clients." "A very reliable barrister with strong client skills who is a person of real integrity. She is someone who can be trusted."

Alexander Hill-Smith
Focuses his practice on disputes concerning real property and is noted for his specialist expertise in landlord and tenant-related matters. He is also highly regarded for his handling of professional negligence cases.
Strengths: "His work is of a very high standard and he seems to have a panoramic view of the law." "He has been involved in some heavyweight litigation and can run substantial chancery cases by himself."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant in a claim brought by his father for rectification of the land registry title of a house. The father alleged that his signature had been procured by fraud.

Charles Holbech
Maintains a broad traditional chancery practice and has much experience in key areas, such as probate, wills and succession. He is also highly regarded for his skills when dealing with complex tax issues.
Strengths: "Excellent on complex and intricate details, he is helpful when the case involves a lot of tax calculations and historic issues." "He really know his stuff and has plenty of varied experience."
Recent work: Defended a claim for an injunction made to prevent the sale of a commercial property to his clients on the grounds that the sale was alleged to have been made in breach of trust.

Rodney Stewart Smith
Very experienced barrister whose practice covers a wide array of trust and estate matters. He deals with both domestic and offshore cases and also has expertise in trust administration, tax issues and property disputes.
Strengths: "A seasoned member of the Chancery Bar, who has broad knowledge and is a very worthy opponent."

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Wilberforce Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Brian Green QC 
Highly rated silk who is a leading practitioner in trust and estate law. He is further praised for having wide-ranging experience in other chancery matters, and is a noted expert in offshore disputes.
Strengths: "A powerhouse with a formidable reputation and a very high profile, who does big, big cases likely to be on the front page of the Financial Times." "He is just supremely good at seeing the big picture and cutting through to the important points. His judgement and experience are unparalleled, as is his legal expertise, and you can have total faith in his judgement and wisdom."
Recent work: Acted in the UK Supreme Court in the first case to reach that court on the Hague Convention on the recognition of trust validity under the Recognition of Trusts Act 1987.

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Ten Old Square

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Simon Taube QC 
Very highly regarded traditional chancery barrister who deals with a range of complex and high-value cases both in the UK courts and overseas. He is lauded for his expertise in cases concerning trusts and estates, capital tax planning, trust taxation and fiduciary duties.
Strengths: "An extremely skilled wordsmith, who can get to the core of an issue and analyse it correctly within minutes, even when others have spent hours ruminating on the point." "He is everything you want in a silk and a leader in this field. He is strong strategically and allows his team to work well together and to the best of their abilities."
Recent work: Represented an individual client in an appeal against HMRC concerning a reversionary lease and inheritance tax issues. 

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5 Stone Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Tracey Angus QC
Well-respected barrister with a chancery practice encompassing equity and trusts, probate, family provision, Court of Protection work and related professional negligence matters. She has extensive experience of acting for individuals, trust companies and charities in both domestic and overseas courts.
Strengths: "Excellent at dealing with complex trust disputes and very quickly identifies the core issues in the matter. She radiates confidence and is an extremely reassuring presence for the client." "Her skeleton arguments are top-notch and she is very impressive in court. She is a real hard worker who is 100% committed to the client and the task of getting the best result for them."
Recent work: Acted in a dispute concerning the effect of trusts created by statutory codicil which required action to remove the trustees.

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Francis Barlow QC

Ten Old Square

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Francis Barlow QC 
Head of chambers and a barrister whose practice encompasses all aspects of both contentious and non-contentious chancery matters. He is highly lauded for his expertise in trust matters and is specifically noted for his drafting skills.
Strengths: "A heavyweight lawyer with a light touch, he is incredibly reassuring and someone you can always turn to when faced with a difficult legal issue or complex problem. He always gives very practical and sensible advice." "He is extremely knowledgeable and has a very confident yet laid-back approach. He is very authoritative and will always give you a definite view on what can and can't be done. He will not hesitate to give a clear and decisive opinion which will always inspire confidence."

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Serle Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Alan Boyle QC 
Senior silk and head of chambers who is known for his long-standing experience at the Chancery Bar. His practice focuses on trusts and probate litigation and he is noted for his involvement in some of the most high-profile cases in recent times.
Strengths: "A real heavyweight of the Chancery Bar, who has massive courtroom presence and is an extremely serious advocate. He has seen it all and done it all in every jurisdiction imaginable, and is a big gun you roll out for special occasions."
Recent work: Acted in a claim arising out of the Madoff fraud. It concerned two of the largest feeder funds which placed money with Madoff and raised questions of unjust enrichment and contractual entitlement.

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David Brownbill QC

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From the Chambers UK Bar guide

David Brownbill QC 
Well-established barrister with experience of domestic and international disputes. His areas of expertise include trusts and offshore work, and he is regularly sought after for complex, high-profile litigation in connection with investment fund interests.
Strengths: "Does a very good job on difficult cases, as he comes up with penetrating analysis and can really see the big picture. He understands the nature of the high net worth world." "David is a great all-round barrister with formidable advocacy and negotiation skills."
Recent work: Recently acted in a large dispute in the British Virgin Islands and Hong Kong courts concerning hugely valuable assets tied up in British Virgin Islands entities.

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Wilberforce Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Gilead Cooper QC 
Specialises in contentious trust and property matters on both a domestic and international basis. He is highly regarded for his expertise in offshore matters and regularly appears in overseas courts on high-profile cases.
Strengths: "Very good at understanding the technical aspects of trust law whilst also being very perceptive to personal situations and commercial realities. He understands the interpersonal dynamics involved in these types of cases."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant in a claim by an executor of the will of a high-profile Saudi government minister. Disclosure of information was sought from the family office of a Lebanese businessman, who had been an associate of the deceased government minister.

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Michael Furness QC

Wilberforce Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Michael Furness QC 
Head of chambers and noted for his work in onshore and offshore disputes. He often deals with trust and tax litigation as well as associated professional negligence matters. His cases often involve complex, multi-jurisdictional issues.
Strengths: "Well regarded for his advice to trustees and has a strong track record of giving good strategic advice on litigation and the court process." "He has a first-class brain, is enormously constructive and works very hard at turning over all the stones in a case."
Recent work: Represented a former trustee in a claim brought against them for excessive fees and overpayments to other parties.

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Wilberforce Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Robert Ham QC 
Hugely experienced practitioner who specialises in trusts and taxation matters, handling both contentious and non-contentious work. He also has expertise in pensions and professional negligence matters.
Strengths: "Has enormous understanding of his subject; when he speaks everyone listens and everyone believes what he says." "He is extraordinary; he gives some of the best and most clear advice on very difficult topics. A seasoned trusts lawyer, he is very good with clients as he has a very kind and sympathetic manner."
Recent work: Advising trustees of Manx trusts in connection with claims by SEC and IRS that the trusts were shams.

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Serle Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Frank Hinks QC 
Traditional chancery specialist with decades of experience in trust and probate matters. He provides advice and handles litigation both domestically and offshore, and is known for representing some very high-profile clients.
Strengths: "Top, top drawer and the most experienced counsel you could meet. He handles some of the biggest clients and handles matters with incredible savvy." "Has incredibly quick turnaround time and is very user-friendly. He always gives practical advice and is a good strategist."

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Nicholas Le Poidevin QC

New Square Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Nicholas Le Poidevin QC 
Highly regarded traditional chancery practitioner who is recognised for his strength in trust matters. He also deals with wills and estates, property and company work, and is equally adept at both contentious and advisory work.
Strengths: "His knowledge is first class and the quality and clarity of his written advice is particularly notable. He is delightful to deal with and has a charming manner with clients. All in all, an outstanding lawyer and a persuasive advocate." "He's a truly fêted authority in this industry, who is a giant in this market and a top-quality lawyer."
Recent work: Acted in a case in which husband and wife mistakenly signed wills meant for the other party, leading to questions of validity.

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From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Henry Legge QC
A top-rated silk who deals with a wide range of chancery work. He is particularly noted for his expertise in cases involving trusts, estates, pension schemes and art. He handles numerous trustee and beneficiary disputes.
Strengths: "Very flexible and adapts to circumstances as they change. He is always on the ball and hugely responsive." "Henry really understands the traditional chancery world and gives impeccable advice." 
Recent work: Acted in the Longleat litigation, appearing for the continuing trustees in respect of a disputed action to remove the trustees.

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Christopher McCall QC

Maitland Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Christopher McCall QC 
Hugely respected and revered barrister with decades of experience in traditional chancery. His areas of specialism include trusts, tax and charity law. He deals with a range of private clients as well as HMRC and foreign tax authorities.
Strengths: "He is one of the most senior chancery barristers and has a formidable track record in this area that is really unparalleled." "He is very smart, professional and incisive in his analysis. He has a lovely manner which really exudes confidence."

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Ten Old Square

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Eason Rajah QC 
Well-respected practitioner with extensive experience of dealing with domestic, cross-border and offshore disputes. He acts on a wide range of traditional chancery matters and is also a member of the Malaysian Bar.
Strengths: "A joy to deal with and brings a lot of common sense to matters. He guides you very smoothly through a case, demonstrating impeccable judgement, and is polite but forceful when needed." "You can rely on him due to his real in-depth knowledge of complex cross-border matters. He is also really first rate on multi-jurisdictional family disputes."
Recent work: Continues to act for His Exalted Highness the 8th Nizam of Hyderabad in a claim brought by Pakistan against NatWest for payment of the funds held in a bank account since Indian independence in 1947.

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From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Penelope Reed QC 
Highly regarded practitioner who has a focus on trusts, wills, contentious probate and Court of Protection matters. She is noted for her significant experience of dealing with 1975 Act claims and her expertise in inheritance disputes.
Strengths: "Hugely admired and respected for her general level of knowledge and ability; she is one of the first choices for some of the best solicitors in the market." "She is very calm and clear in her advice, which is always incisive and consistent, and she makes good tactical and strategic decisions."
Recent work: Currently instructed in a challenge to share transfers in a multimillion-pound company by someone who lacks capacity, a matter which involves a potential application for the Court of Protection.

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Alan Steinfeld QC

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From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Alan Steinfeld QC 
Highly regarded barrister with an excellent reputation for traditional chancery work. He undertakes a range of private client work and is specifically noted for his experience of handling international trusts cases. He also has strong expertise in offshore disputes.
Strengths: "A barrister with tremendous brainpower and specialist experience and skills, he has a masterful way of turning a phrase." "His key strength is his creativity of thought; he's always someone who will come up with an unexpected escape plan or line of attack."
Recent work: Acted for the settlor and major beneficiaries of a very large Bermudan trust in relation to its restructuring and a significant portion of the assets being moved to a philanthropic foundation in Guernsey.

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Elspeth Talbot Rice QC

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From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Elspeth Talbot Rice QC 
Widely respected practitioner who deals with a range of domestic and international matters. She is lauded for her ability to handle large-scale trust and probate litigation and is universally praised for her skilful and tenacious advocacy in tough cases.
Strengths: "An absolutely top-class advocate, who presents arguments in court beautifully and is not the easiest opponent to face at all." "Elspeth is a real team player as well as a true leader, who is a go-to person for complex international disputes. She is incredibly hard working, diligent, rigorous and organised."
Recent work: Acted in a claim looking at whether very large Bermudian non-charitable purpose trusts, or the transfers of very substantial assets into them, were void or should be set aside accordingly. 

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Shân Warnock-Smith QC

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From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Shân Warnock-Smith QC
Specialises in trusts, succession and other private wealth matters. She is widely admired for her in-depth knowledge of international trusts and her extensive familiarity with offshore matters.
Strengths: "A powerful advocate who knows how to catch and keep the judge's attention, and a good technical chancery lawyer who will really get involved in tough cases." "She has an outstanding reputation in trust work and is one of the foremost experts in offshore matters."

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Elizabeth Jones QC

Serle Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Elizabeth Jones QC 
Has a long-established practice in contentious trust and probate work, and is particularly good in cases concerning issues of fraud, asset tracing and insolvency. She has a wealth of international experience, having many cases in overseas jurisdictions.
Strengths: "Phenomenally clever as well as phenomenally effective, she is an extremely forceful advocate. She's also acquired a really strong reputation as a mediator for trust and estate matters." "A class act who is incredibly well trusted by both her clients and opposing counsel. She has the utmost integrity and people have confidence in her."
Recent work: Instructed on behalf of a New Zealand businessman and philanthropist in various proceedings relating to a British Virgin Islands joint venture company.

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George Laurence QC

New Square Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

George Laurence QC 
Experienced silk with a strong track record in matters involving administrative and public law. He handles real property matters and is further noted for his expertise in village greens and public right of way issues.
Strengths: "Incredibly bright and very pleasant. Clients are happy to work with him and they take confidence from him." "He does a lot of common property-related issues, and is very experienced, calm and collected."
Recent work: Acted in Quenby Brothers v Hertfordshire County Council. The case raised interesting questions as to whether a substantial verge alongside the carriageway of the high street of a market town was in law part of the public highway.

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Wilberforce Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Fenner Moeran QC 
Specialises in complex family disputes and frequently handles sensitive and high-profile trust cases. He has developed a substantial offshore disputes practice and is noted for his expertise in cases concerning complex property issues arising out of matrimonial breakdown.
Strengths: "Very bright and very diligent, he has a mind that is incredibly lucid and he can recall every detail." "A strong and sensible advocate, who is able to deal with some of the most difficult and complex matters. He stands his ground when needed but is also open to cutting a deal."
Recent work: Advised on a significant trust case regarding whether representations by one trustee could bind the other trustee to a proprietary estoppel, and whether trustees could bind beneficiaries’ interests by a proprietary estoppel in favour of another beneficiary who had notice of the trust.

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Christopher Tidmarsh QC

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From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Christopher Tidmarsh QC 
Has a wide-ranging chancery practice and advises on trusts and estates, pension schemes and associated professional negligence. He is well versed in trust taxation and regularly litigates before the appellate courts and Privy Council, as well as the Chancery Division.
Strengths: "Provides very incisive and analytical advice and deals well with very complex tax matters." "He gets on well with clients, is very skilled on the technical details of a case and can master complex legal issues."
Recent work: Recently appeared in the Court of Appeal in the British Virgin Islands in Khan v Gany, a family trust and accounting dispute.

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Radcliffe Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Peter Crampin QC 
Senior silk with a wide-ranging practice that takes in trusts, charities and property law cases. He has experience in a variety of overseas jurisdictions and is especially regarded for his expertise in charity matters.
Strengths: "A very long-standing and very well-respected barrister, who is solid, measured and dependable." "He speaks very eloquently and has good overall knowledge of the law."

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Jonathan Davey QC

Wilberforce Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jonathan Davey QC 
Regularly involved in complex and high-value traditional chancery disputes, he is noted for his experience in significant tax litigation and has acted in several high-profile cases relating to that area. He also has expertise in pensions and charity matters.
Strengths: "Very smooth and intelligent, he presents his case very well. The clients were delighted with him and the client we worked with would only take advice from him." "A very smart and powerful advocate."
Recent work: Handled a £1 billion dispute regarding the proper analysis and tax treatment in respect of LLPs involved in the film and games industries.

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Michael Driscoll QC

Maitland Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Michael Driscoll QC 
Has a broad traditional chancery practice, and is instructed in both offshore and domestic matters that involve trusts, fraud and property disputes. He has recently acted in a number of international and domestic arbitrations.
Strengths: "He has a fearsome reputation in this area of law. People have been against him and struck by his skill and diligence." "He enjoys a very strong reputation. He dispenses excellent advice; it is always well thought-out and considered."

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Jonathan Hilliard QC

Wilberforce Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jonathan Hilliard QC 
Often involved in matters relating to complex offshore structures, he acts in various jurisdictions. He is also noted for his recent experience in dealing with highly lucrative trust and divorce cases in both onshore and offshore jurisdictions.
Strengths: "Practical, clear and very focused in his advice." "He has been exceptional handling cases, both on overall strategy and also when dealing with substantive law."

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Serle Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

John Machell QC 
Well-regarded barrister with wide ranging expertise in chancery matters. He is often instructed in cases involving issues connected to trusts, partnerships and commercial contracts. He also has significant offshore experience.
Strengths: "His legal expertise is exemplary and his brain works very logically. He can process and understand very complex matters and explain them to the client well." "A fabulous, thoughtful and considerate advocate, who is very commercially aware and takes his roles and duties very seriously. He ensures he achieves equitable results and is a pleasure to work with."
Recent work: Acted for the successful claimant in a dispute relating to the ownership of a Banksy mural painted onto a wall of a building.

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Wilberforce Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

John Martin QC 
Exceptionally experienced barrister with specific expertise in contentious trust cases. He also has plenty of experience in offshore disputes and regularly appears in court in a variety of overseas jurisdictions.
Strengths: "Authoritative and an absolute star on contentious matters; you always want him on your side in such disputes." "He is extremely good when appearing at every level of the court system and has a hugely impressive command of the law."

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Catherine Newman QC

Maitland Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Catherine Newman QC 
Experienced barrister whose practice takes in a wide range of domestic and international work. Her caseload includes contract, equity and trusts matters along with company and partnership disputes.
Strengths: "She is very immersed in the world of both offshore and onshore trusts. She is extremely good in court and I've seen her make some very impressive and able arguments." "She is a very punchy advocate; she is very efficient and really on the ball. She really knows how to fight a case and you are wary of being against her as an opponent."
Recent work: Instructed in a claim for an account and inquiries by an investor against a trustee who was paid money to acquire shares for the investor.

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Radcliffe Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Robert Pearce QC 
Well-established traditional chancery lawyer who is an expert in trust drafting and probate disputes, and is also a market leader in charity law. He is further noted for his experience as an accredited mediator.
Strengths: "Fiercely intelligent and a man with very good commercial instincts, he is one of the leading barristers when it comes to the variation of trusts." "He is understated, sensible and dependable; he always delivers a measured opinion."
Recent work: Acted for the literary executor of a deceased Oxbridge professor who is in dispute with the deceased’s widow, the beneficiary, as to issues arising out of the deceased’s literary estate.

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Radcliffe Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Keith Rowley QC 
Represents a wide variety of clients in trusts litigation and business disputes. He is particularly noted for his pensions work, and is regularly instructed by large financial firms, banks and private individuals.
Strengths: "A name consistently linked to big and important cases, who provides very detailed and well thought-out advice. Professional trustees consult him in order to get major strategic opinions on big legal issues." "He is a forensic lawyer, who gets right down to the key issues."
Recent work: Acted for survivors of sexual abuse in claims against the estate of Jimmy Savile. The case raised issues about the evidence required to sanction a trustee or executor of a charitable trust and the executor's duty towards the claimants.

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Jonathan Russen QC

Maitland Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jonathan Russen QC 
Well-established silk with a reputation for handling contentious private client matters. Often acts in cases involving offshore trusts and breach of fiduciary duty. He is also instructed as an arbitrator on a regular basis.
Strengths: "He is extremely good on both property and trust matters. He is very bright and really comes well prepared and always knows his stuff." "He is really bright and very amenable; he made silk very quickly and judges really listen to him and respect his opinion."
Recent work: Acting for the claimant in a probate claim where the will relied upon is challenged as a forgery, and on the grounds of want of knowledge and approval.

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Wilberforce Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Clare Stanley QC 
Focuses her practice on contentious trusts and probate litigation on both a domestic and international basis. She has significant experience of handling offshore disputes and numerous 1975 Act claims.
Strengths: "Judges are very complimentary about her and how she controls matters. She absolutely knows what she is doing and takes total command of the case by dint of her easy and straightforward manner." "Clare is insightful and can really help clients with overall strategy. Her turnaround time is amazing and she is very amiable."
Recent work: Acted in a long-running battle between a brother and his siblings and the trustees of their late mother’s will. The case concerned whether the brother should be allowed to occupy the main asset of the estate.

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Brie Stevens-Hoare QC

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From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Brie Stevens-Hoare QC of Hardwicke 
Well-respected silk with a growing reputation in the area of traditional chancery work. She has a particular focus on property, probate and commercial matters, and is also an experienced mediator.
Strengths: "Deals well with very emotional clients; she has a very good manner and listens carefully to what they have to say."
Recent work: Involved in the highly publicised Ilott v Mitson inheritance case. This involved a claim against a mother’s estate by an able-bodied adult child, based on dire need and very limited earning capacity.

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Francis Tregear QC

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From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Francis Tregear QC 
Very experienced barrister with expertise in a wide array of private client disputes, who is noted for his involvement in high-value and complex matters. He is particularly expert in offshore trusts and company law matters.
Strengths: "Incredibly academic and very insightful on the law, he is very eloquent and calm in court. He always gets his point across in a very elegant and astute manner."
Recent work: Instructed on behalf of the Additional Liquidator for the Herald Fund, one of the biggest Bernie Madoff feeder funds.

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Richard Wilson QC

Serle Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Richard Wilson QC 
Has a strong traditional chancery practice involving a substantial amount of international work. He frequently advises landed estates and institutional trustees and is further recognised for his expertise in offshore trusts.
Strengths: "A very good advocate who is excellent at legal analysis, and whose written work is always of a high standard." He is very engaging and the epitome of a modern barrister as he is not stuffy, is au fait with social media and really knows the marketplace."
Recent work: Represented the son of a famous interior designer who was challenging his late father’s will. The case involved interesting issues concerning knowledge and approval.

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New Silk

Serle Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Dakis Hagen QC 
Focuses his practice on cases concerning trust disputes, wills and estates. He also acts in divorce matters which feature property or trust law, and is further noted for his expertise in offshore disputes.
Strengths: "Knows everything there is to know about trust law, and is very good at strategising and winning arguments. He is very thoughtful and comes up with these great and inventive solutions." "Very lively and energetic, he is very appealing in court and is further known for producing absolutely outstanding skeleton arguments."
Recent work: Appeared for defendant in Wooldridge v Wooldridge, which concerned a valuable Inheritance Act claim.

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New Silk

5 Stone Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

David Rees QC 
Undertakes a variety of traditional chancery work and handles both contentious and non-contentious matters. He has advised on many high-value cases concerning the administration of trusts and estates, contentious probate disputes and proprietary estoppel claims.
Strengths: "Clever, bright, has tons of legal knowledge and is informed on the technical aspects of the law." "He is very calm in difficult situations and his client skills are excellent as he is very empathetic and a good listener."
Recent work: Represented a widow who was bringing an inheritance claim for provision under the 1975 Act from her late husband’s estate, worth in excess of £10 million.

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William Henderson

Serle Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

William Henderson 
Highly esteemed practitioner who is praised for his work with private clients, trustees and trust companies. His practice typically involves trusts, probate, estate administration, charities and professional negligence matters.
Strengths: "Very understated but hugely intelligent and thoughtful. He is particularly excellent on charity points and is a go-to person on such matters." "William is technically phenomenal and clients are enamoured by him."
Recent work: Represented Mrs Pitt up to the Supreme Court in one of the most important trust cases of recent times. The Supreme Court ruled in favour of Mrs Pitt and set aside a previous settlement on the basis she had been seriously mistaken as to the inheritance tax consequences of a particular transaction.

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New Square Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Lynton Tucker 
Recognised as a market leader in the area of trusts and offshore work. He often deals with cases in the Channel Islands, the Cayman Islands, Jersey and Hong Kong. Tucker is also the senior editor of the textbook 'Lewin on Trusts.'
Strengths: "Perfection personified, he is one of the most distinguished trust lawyers in the industry and is very reliable. He always delivers on time." "A wonderful advocate who carries tremendous authority."
Recent work: Advised on matters relating to a very substantial Jersey trust, the settlors and beneficiaries of which are members of a high-profile Middle Eastern family.

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Ten Old Square

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Georgia Bedworth 
Has a strong traditional chancery practice and undertakes a broad range of work. She focuses on trust and estate matters and is noted for her expertise when dealing with large landed estates.
Strengths: "One of the most phenomenally clever and sensible barristers you can come across; things just sort themselves out when she is on the case." "She is very detail-oriented and presents her work perfectly. Georgia is excellent at unpicking issues and analysing matters clearly and in depth."
Recent work: Represented the trustees in litigation challenging the institution and operation of the protectorship regime in a £400 million settlement.

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Serle Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

James Brightwell 
Well-established traditional chancery barrister with recognised expertise in trust and offshore matters. He is highly rated for his in-depth knowledge of obscure trust law.
Strengths: "Has very insightful knowledge of trust law and is involved in many high-profile proceedings." "Without doubt he is held in extremely high regard by the clients. He has consistently dealt extremely diplomatically with some very difficult situations and has never faltered in his approach."

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Wilberforce Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Andrew Child 
Leading junior in the field of traditional chancery, who often handles many of the most important cases concerning estate and trust litigation both domestically and offshore. He is noted for his expertise in breach of trust claims and private international law issues.
Strengths: "Known for giving well thought-out and clear advice, he is incisive and analytical in his approach to complex matters." "His is a name you see on all the biggest cases. He is very in-demand with solicitors and always acts in important cases that produce significant decisions and judgments."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of a divorcing party in reply to a worldwide freezing injunction and asset protection order in support of ongoing Israeli divorce proceedings.

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Ten Old Square

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Richard Dew 
Well-established junior with extensive experience of high-value probate and trust work. His practice is mainly focused on litigation and he is often instructed to handle large and complex claims in all tiers of the court system.
Strengths: "Someone to instruct if you want a really serious understanding of trusts law; he is often selected instead of a silk." "A real heavyweight, who doesn't mince his words. He ensures the client and solicitor know the best course of action and the importance of taking it. He is worth his weight in gold."
Recent work: Acted for the executors and trustees in a dispute in which a step-daughter alleged that the will appointing these trustees and executors was made as a result of bullying and coercion.

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Radcliffe Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Thomas Dumont 
Experienced junior who is sought after by high-profile clients in a variety of complex trust disputes. He has extensive traditional chancery experience and is widely praised for his client handling skills.
Strengths: "Excellent at technical and intricate trust work. He fully understands some very obscure aspects of trust law and has real in-depth legal knowledge."
Recent work: Acted in a dispute between Lady Killearn’s estate, her trustees and her grandson about the family mansion.

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From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Michael King 
Recognised as one of the more experienced junior barristers, and also has a considerable track record of acting as a mediator. He regularly deals with trusts, probate and estates, property litigation and charity law matters.
Strengths: "Everything he did was very positive and the clients were very happy with his performance throughout the case. He can think outside of the box and is a good problem solver." "He is very good in court and he has such a wealth of experience that even judges follow his directions and respect him."

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Constance McDonnell

Serle Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Constance McDonnell 
Her practice focuses on contentious trusts and probate cases and she also handles 1975 Act claims and Court of Protection matters. Other areas of interest include claims relating to the administration of estates and the removal of personal representatives.
Strengths: "A consummate performer on her feet, she really knows her stuff and you can't get one over on her." "She is very in-demand, is incredibly bright, and has great commercial instincts."
Recent work: Acted for the niece and nephew of a testator who had given them his estate by his last will. The validity of the will was being challenged by two other nieces of the testator on the grounds of lack of testamentary capacity and want of knowledge and approval.

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Ten Old Square

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Susannah Meadway 
Primarily deals with trusts, estates and associated tax matters. She often handles cases in connection with large landed estates and is also noted for her expertise in trust variations and trust rectification cases.
Strengths: "Incredibly thorough; she leaves no stone unturned and knows the law backwards. She is also very authoritative in court." "She is very measured. She is one of the most intelligent barristers I know, and that is really saying something; she is in a different league."

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5 Stone Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Barbara Rich 
Specialises in contentious succession and trusts litigation, and is also an experienced mediator with a fast-developing practice in that area. She also has extensive experience in property and affairs work in the Court of Protection.
Strengths: "Handles clients extraordinarily well. She also has a good academic grasp of the law whilst at the same time being a strong litigator who can identify and make practical arguments."
Recent work: Acted in a significant case which was centred on dispensing with service of statutory will application.

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Serle Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Giles Richardson 
Has a particularly strong focus on restructuring, insolvency and company law, and also a very active trusts practice. He handles large cases both domestically and internationally.
Strengths: "Has the ability to master a vast range of documents in a very short space of time and come up with some very effective arguments to strengthen claims." "He is very bright and very articulate."
Recent work: Acted for the estate of the 7th Nizam of Hyderabad in relation to a £20 million bank account deposited in London by the 7th Nizam in 1947.

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5 Stone Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Leon Sartin 
His practice covers all aspects of traditional chancery work, including trusts, probate, estate planning, inheritance and family provision matters. He also handles real property cases and related professional negligence, and is specifically noted for his in-depth expertise in tax matters.
Strengths: "Clear, unfussy and incredibly clever. He is very accessible, responsive and extremely nice to deal with." "Really excellent when there are complex tax issues to be dealt with."
Recent work: Handled an application for summary judgment of proprietary claims made by the long-term partner of a deceased against his insolvency estate. This matter is in connection with the fallout from the Berezovsky litigation of previous years.

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XXIV Old Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Elizabeth Weaver 
Experienced junior with extensive familiarity of trusts and probate disputes, who also takes instructions in restructuring and insolvency, company law and real estate litigation matters. She is no stranger to offshore and international matters.
Strengths: "Sensible, robust and forthright, she is a very honest dealer and a really punchy advocate. She always fights her client's corner robustly and energetically."
Recent work: Acted for children who were minors in a 1975 Act claim in connection with a very substantial and complicated estate.

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Christopher Whitehouse

5 Stone Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Christopher Whitehouse 
Has in-depth expertise in all aspects of private client taxation and also advises on a wide range of will, estate and trust-related matters. He is further noted for handling agricultural and business property relief matters.
Strengths: "The go-to man for fiendishly complex and high-value tax disputes." "Superb on inheritance tax issues, he's an expert in very complex and obscure areas of the law. He is extremely knowledgeable and is also a superb lecturer and author."
Recent work: Dealt with numerous agricultural and business property relief matters in connection with landed estates and farmhouse claims.

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Wilberforce Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Judith Bryant 
Well-experienced junior who specialises in advisory and litigation work involving trusts. She often advises on trusts variation matters, trustees' applications and disputes over the interpretation of complex trusts documentation.
Strengths: "Her legal intellect is first rate and she adds a lot of value through her opinions." "She has excellent commercial instincts" and is "able to give very clear, no-nonsense advice and represent the position of her clients in a decisive way."

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Wilberforce Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Emily Campbell 
Has a practice encompassing a broad range of chancery work. She is particularly experienced in litigation and advisory work relating to trusts, estates, pension schemes and taxation. Campbell also has expertise in international matters.
Strengths: "Impressive at explaining the law in court and confidently conveying her legal argument." "She is very intelligent, and her work is always well considered, detailed and comprehensive."
Recent work: Involved in a long-running trust dispute which culminated in a seven-week trial. The case involved allegations of breach of trust, wilful default and wrongful distribution of significant trust assets.

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XXIV Old Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Edward Cumming 
Deals with the full range of private client, trust and probate matters. He is noted for his substantial offshore and company law practice, and has also appeared unled in major Court of Appeal cases.
Strengths: "Offers very sound advice and is good at both written work and advocacy." "He can deal with the most troublesome and difficult cases in a supremely confident way, and is always right on the mark with his advice."
Recent work: Acted in Crociani v Crociani, a high-value international trusts dispute with proceedings in a number of jurisdictions around the world.

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Radcliffe Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Piers Feltham 
Noted traditional chancery practitioner with particular knowledge of the law of estoppel. He appears both in the UK and overseas in a number of trust cases and is particularly recognised for the quality of his drafting skills.
Strengths: "His written work shows immense clarity of thought, and he provides advice in a way that is ideal for the client." "He is very forthright and has a really brilliant mind."
Recent work: Represented trustees, who had been wrongly advised by previously instructed senior counsel to resist an application for disclosure. Feltham advised the trustees to discard the previous advice and give disclosure to the beneficiaries.

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5 Stone Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Joseph Goldsmith 
Handles a broad range of traditional chancery work and acts on both contentious and non-contentious matters. He is noted for his experience in pension, trust, estate, tax and mental incapacity matters, and is further known for his expertise in ecclesiastical law.
Strengths: "A pragmatic and sensible barrister, who will always handle matters in a diligent and conscientious manner." "He has an excellent written style and impressive grasp of detail and of the law."

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XXIV Old Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Andrew Holden 
Noted for his strong offshore disputes practice and widely regarded as a leading expert in the niche area of trust protectors. As well as handling trust litigation, he also has expertise in trust structuring and the drafting of trusts documentation.
Strengths: "A superb practitioner and a real rising star, who is phenomenally bright and articulate." "His young age belies his wisdom and gravitas."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant in an action for an account in relation to two UK trusts. The claim is remarkable because of the lengthy time span between the defendants' supposed actions and the claim being made in the UK courts.

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New Square Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Mark Hubbard 
Regularly handles high-value and complex trust and estate matters, often with offshore or cross-border aspects. He handles a wide-range of traditional chancery matters including cases relating to inheritance claims and estate administration.
Strengths: "A robust barrister who quickly wins the respect of clients and demonstrates that he's taking them on the correct path. He's useful to bring in because he will impress upon them the seriousness of matters." "A great choice for very complex cases where you have tons of legal issues arising in one matter."
Recent work: Represented the wife of the deceased in a complex international case involving trust and estate claims in England, France, Jersey and Switzerland.

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Alexander Learmonth

New Square Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Alexander Learmonth 
Has a strong reputation in wills and succession matters. He is noted for his expertise specifically in contentious probate, family provision and estate administration, and also has significant experience in property litigation.
Strengths: "Extremely able from every angle you look at it. He is very good on the detail and is adept at whichever forum he is working in." "Fantastically clever; he always thinks of something that no one else has. He is a very good advocate and exceptional on his feet."
Recent work: Successfully argued that an agreement made in 2006 as to the administration of a particularly complex estate was binding on the parties when made, and continued to be binding despite a further decade of argument.

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XXIV Old Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Bajul Shah 
Has a strong domestic and offshore trusts and probate litigation practice, and deals with complex civil fraud, asset tracing and pensions litigation. He also advises on complex charities matters.
Strengths: "Very responsive and very good at retaining all the facts and details in a case. He is good with clients and always happy to interact with them and help advise them directly." "His advice is backed with intellect and he really inspires confidence in the quality of his thinking. He's a lovely personable guy too."
Recent work: Acted for a current trustee in a dispute which concerned claims of over £183 million against former trustees arising out of allegations of breach of trust and gross negligence.

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Wilberforce Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Mark Studer 
Wide-ranging chancery practitioner who deals with the full range of private client litigation. He frequently handles overseas and offshore matters and is also noted for his significant expertise in the area of charity law.
Strengths: "Good at dealing with complex multiparty cases with lots of family members involved. He has excellent legal knowledge, is very responsive and is very engaged with the case." "Mark takes an academic and intellectual approach to questions; he works logically which is very helpful."

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Radcliffe Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Mark West 
Focuses on real property and trust matters whilst maintaining a broad traditional chancery practice. He is treasurer of the Chancery Bar Association and a Deputy Judge of the Upper Tribunal (Administrative Appeals Chamber).
Strengths: "Demonstrates creativity and imagination in his opinions. He can approach matters from many different angles which allows for more complete analysis of the legal case." "His written opinions are always well thought through and detailed."

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Ten Old Square

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Robert Arnfield 
An experienced barrister who maintains a broad traditional chancery practice. He regularly deals with matters connected to trusts, wills, estate planning and administration, and is also an expert on related taxation and professional negligence issues.
Strengths: "His knowledge is good but what really stands out is how he applies the law to provide a pragmatic and practical answer. He knows all these obscure points and can provide the right solution for clients." "Very articulate on his feet, he is completely unflappable even when judges throw some really tricky stuff at him. He handles matters coolly and very expertly."
Recent work: Handled the rectification of a Deed of Appointment to correct the identity of a fund liable for inheritance tax.

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XXIV Old Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Adam Cloherty 
Well-established junior barrister with a very broad chancery practice. He has a rapidly growing reputation for his work relating to international trusts, funds and charity litigation. He often appears in courts in a variety of offshore jurisdictions.
Strengths: "Technically very good and advises in a really clear way. His written advice is always fantastic as it's so lucid." "Gives common-sense advice and demonstrates strong emotional intelligence when dealing with clients."
Recent work: Represented the claimants in a complex matter concerning the removal of trustees and accounting in relation to various discretionary trusts on and offshore.

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5 Stone Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Sarah Haren 
Her practice covers a wide variety of both contentious and non-contentious chancery matters. She deals with probate and the administration of estates, 1975 Act claims, trust matters and related taxation issues, as well as Court of Protection cases.
Strengths: "Fought her corner well in a difficult interim hearing. She was very straightforward in her advocacy, and proved sensible, measured and calm. In court she is tough when needed and doesn't give up easily." "She has an authoritative manner that reassures clients."
Recent work: Acted for minor beneficiaries and appeared for them at the hearing of an application for the construction and rectification of a trust deed.

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Radcliffe Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Justin Holmes 
Specialist in private client litigation, whose practice has a particular emphasis on Court of Protection matters, contentious probate cases and trust disputes. He is also noted for his expertise in inheritance claims and associated professional negligence matters.
Strengths: "A persuasive, down-to-earth barrister with a very practical mind. He is a sensible and trusted advocate who is used widely by the official solicitors and other lawyers."

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Katherine McQuail

Radcliffe Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Katherine McQuail 
Has a practice that covers a wide range of traditional chancery work. She has expertise in all aspects of trusts, wills, inheritance and estate administration matters. In addition, she has experience of numerous Court of Protection cases.
Strengths: "Very forceful in making her arguments and someone who always follows them up very diligently. She is very confident in court and always fights hard for her clients." "Her main strength is that she is extremely pragmatic and a real team player. She is very happy to get involved and turn advice around quickly and effectively."
Recent work: Acted in a case where the client had been convicted of murdering his wife and the executor of the wife’s estate had obtained a significant judgment against the client for damages for the wife’s death in default. 

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Radcliffe Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

William Moffett 
Acts for trustees and beneficiaries in a range of disputes. He is particularly knowledgeable in 1975 Act claims and has extensive experience of dealing with challenges to wills turning on issues such as want of capacity and undue influence.
Strengths: "Very approachable and an excellent advocate, he comes across very well in court and he always gives well thought-out and easy-to-understand advice to clients." "William takes a very considered approach to the law and his written opinions are very cogent. He is very logical in his thinking and he has extremely sound and detailed technical knowledge."

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Wilberforce Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Andrew Mold 
Junior with a broad chancery practice who regularly appears against silks. He has particular expertise in breach of trust matters, and is excellent at handling the trust elements of high-value divorce proceedings.
Strengths: "Very approachable and really straightforward with his advice, he is concise and to the point. He is articulate and intelligent, and builds up a good rapport with the clients as he's not stuffy." "A great performer in court and a very persuasive speaker."
Recent work: Advised on a divorce case in which the majority of the USD12 billion assets in dispute were held in a Cypriot trust structure. The case featured parallel proceedings in England, Switzerland, Cyprus, the British Virgin Islands, Singapore and Florida.

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Radcliffe Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Roger Mullis 
Possesses significant expertise in cases concerning property, contentious trusts and probate, family provision issues and estate administration. He is often instructed by many high-profile clients, including major landed estates.
Strengths: "He is known for his legal acumen as well as his ability to handle certain types of very complex cases."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant in a long-lasting family dispute, in which daughter and son-in-law were claiming an interest in the mother’s house based on an alleged common intention constructive trust.

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Michael O'Sullivan

5 Stone Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Michael O'Sullivan 
Specialises in trust and probate litigation as well as the taxation of trusts. He is noted for his particular expertise in inheritance tax and capital gains tax planning, and also has experience in pensions cases and Court of Protection work.
Strengths: "Very knowledgeable and his advice is always very easy to comprehend; his opinions are always very sensible and given in a way clients can understand. He is also very quick at dealing with matters and his turnaround time is wonderful."

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Radcliffe Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Francesca Quint 
Has developed a traditional chancery practice with a particular focus on charities work. She is particularly good at will and trusts cases involving charities, and is also an accredited mediator.
Strengths: "Very commercial, very user-friendly and very responsive, she can adapt her style depending on what's needed."

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Wilberforce Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Tiffany Scott 
Experienced barrister who advises on all aspects of trusts and estates work, both on a contentious and non-contentious basis. She is also noted for her expertise in offshore and multi-jurisdictional matters.
Strengths: "Very pleasant and very bright, she has tons of experience and is very well respected by her peers and third parties alike." "She can simplify the most complex arguments and she takes a firm and fair attitude to contentious matters."
Recent work: Junior counsel for the Marquesa Soledad Cabeza de Vaca in a case brought by her son regarding a £160 million trust fund.

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Radcliffe Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Ulick Staunton 
His practice encompasses contentious and non-contentious chancery matters. He is noted for his expertise in cases concerning wills and trusts, probate, property, insolvency and the Court of Protection.
Strengths: "Very professional and very analytical, he has a good breadth of knowledge and is excellent at handling clients. You have confidence when instructing him." "He is a very strong litigator and negotiator, who really goes the extra mile for his client and is tenacious in court."

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Miranda Allardice

5 Stone Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Miranda Allardice 
Has deep familiarity with family money disputes and acts on a range of chancery matters. Constructive trust claims, undue influence, probate, Inheritance Act claims and complex matrimonial finance matters are all areas of expertise for her. She also has a strong mediation practice. 
Strengths: "Very knowledgeable, hugely intelligent and highly analytical." "She is a very strong mediator, especially in the area of contentious trusts, who achieves very favourable settlements for our clients."
Recent work: Acted in a dispute in connection with a 1975 Act claim regarding the loan of an inheritance sum. The estate had many creditors threatening enforcement proceedings. 

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Enterprise Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jonathan Arkush of Enterprise Chambers 
His practice encompasses traditional chancery matters and is mainly focused on estates and trusts. He also advises on wills, family provision and probate. Arkush is also a highly experienced mediator.
Strengths: "Extremely knowledgeable, accessible and pleasant." "He is a very forceful advocate; opposing barristers need to be ready to deal with him and his stellar arguments."

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5 Stone Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Mark Baxter 
Deals with all aspects of traditional chancery work and has a practice with an emphasis on contentious probate and Inheritance Act litigation, trust disputes, Court of Protection matters and professional negligence claims.
Strengths: "Enthusiastic, thoughtful and has good empathy with clients faced with often distressing situations. He comes up with very imaginative solutions."
Recent work: Instructed in an application to remove a sibling beneficiary as executrix by the rest of her sibling beneficiaries in circumstances where there was an unresolved dispute as to which of various codicils were valid testamentary documents.

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Radcliffe Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Tom Beasley 
Regularly acts for very wealthy individuals and banks in a range of private client matters. He has a focus on Court of Protection matters, and those relating to trusts, wills, probate, property and associated professional negligence.
Strengths: "A popular choice with solicitors and silks, he has a wealth of experience of handling some very significant cases." "He is very sensible and straightforward."
Recent work: Acted in a large dispute between a wealthy Kenyan family. The case dealt with many interesting points involving constructive trusts, proprietary estoppel and partnership law.

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9 Stone Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Rory Brown of 9 Stone Buildings 
Regularly deals with contested trust disputes including claims under the 1975 Act. He is known for his ability to handle complex multiparty and multi-jurisdictional disputes.
Strengths: "Excellent at cutting through the roots of legal issues when there are many complex matters in play; his advice is invaluable in complex cases." "He can deal with difficult and bullish clients very well – he generates very strong relationships with them and will never get browbeaten."
Recent work: Acted for two defendants, high net worth Italian beneficiaries of a substantial trust, in High Court proceedings for the removal of the trust's trustees.

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5 Stone Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Charlotte Edge 
Her practice has a focus on contentious work, particularly claims challenging the validity of wills and claims by and against executors and trustees. She also handles inheritance matters under the 1975 Act.
Strengths: "Very good on the law" and "excellent for delicate cases with a sensitive family aspect. She can sit down with clients and go through difficult personal issues in a sympathetic manner."
Recent work: Advised the adult son, and the heir to a large family estate in Lincolnshire, in relation to his claims to an interest in the estate under the doctrine of proprietary estoppel.

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New Square Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Charlotte Ford 
Has a wide-ranging contentious and non-contentious traditional chancery practice. She regularly handles matters concerning the administration of estates and trusts and has a particular interest in cases involving the threat of insolvency.
Strengths: "Really knows her stuff, and is pragmatic and commercial. She is technically very capable and does some excellent work for very high-profile and often demanding clients." "A very reliable barrister with strong client skills who is a person of real integrity. She is someone who can be trusted."

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XXIV Old Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Helen Galley 
Well-respected chancery practitioner with wide-ranging expertise in both contentious and non-contentious matters. She is an expert in both domestic and offshore trust matters.
Strengths: "Has in-depth experience and a good knowledge base." "She is very bullish and really drives the point home to ensure the best result for her client."
Recent work: Dealt with a high-profile estate matter concerning issues relating to the paternity of the deceased and the validity of a caveat in the will.

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5 Stone Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Luke Harris 
Undertakes work in all areas of chancery law, and is particularly good on cases concerning trusts, contentious probate, the administration of estates, 1975 Act claims and proprietary estoppel matters. He is also noted for his expertise in matters connected to art and cultural property.
Strengths: "Has a broad spread of knowledge and will always go the extra mile for the client. He is really keen on getting the right answer and is very passionate about looking after clients."
Recent work: Acted for the siblings in a complex removal claim against the son, acting as trustee, which included serious allegations of breach of trust and mal-administration.

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5 Stone Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Edward Hewitt 
Well-established traditional chancery practitioner who has a focus on disputes connected to trusts and estates. He is also noted for his experience in Court of Protection matters and offshore trust disputes.
Strengths: "Hugely conscientious as well as being very intelligent and sensible." "He gives very measured, sensible and detailed advice, and knows how to put clients at ease."
Recent work: Represented the sister in a probate dispute between brother and sister regarding their father’s £1.3 million estate. The case involved issues of testamentary capacity, knowledge and approval, and fraudulent calumny.

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Radcliffe Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Edward Hicks 
A respected name in the private client area who acts in many trust and probate disputes. His practice takes in 1975 Act claims, administration of estates and trusts matters, land disputes and landlord and tenant cases.
Strengths: "Has detailed legal knowledge and can deal with the most complex of matters. He gives superb opinions and advice in conference and has a very commercial mind."
Recent work: Represented children of the deceased in a long-running inheritance dispute concerning the family home and other assets.

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Alexander Hill-Smith

New Square Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Alexander Hill-Smith 
Focuses his practice on disputes concerning real property and is noted for his specialist expertise in landlord and tenant-related matters. He is also highly regarded for his handling of professional negligence cases.
Strengths: "His work is of a very high standard and he seems to have a panoramic view of the law." "He has been involved in some heavyweight litigation and can run substantial chancery cases by himself."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant in a claim brought by his father for rectification of the land registry title of a house. The father alleged that his signature had been procured by fraud.

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New Square Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Charles Holbech 
Maintains a broad traditional chancery practice and has much experience in key areas, such as probate, wills and succession. He is also highly regarded for his skills when dealing with complex tax issues.
Strengths: "Excellent on complex and intricate details, he is helpful when the case involves a lot of tax calculations and historic issues." "He really know his stuff and has plenty of varied experience."
Recent work: Defended a claim for an injunction made to prevent the sale of a commercial property to his clients on the grounds that the sale was alleged to have been made in breach of trust.

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5 Stone Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jordan Holland 
Regularly works on cases in both the trusts and probate fields and is noted for his specific expertise in offshore litigation. He also handles cases involving art and cultural property and is further noted for his work handling Court of Protection matters.
Strengths: "Produces excellent detailed drafting and is very thorough and clear in the way he expresses his opinion. He has a good grasp of the practical approach needed when dealing with litigation."
Recent work: Acted for a well-known company in the Crociani litigation. This was a hostile breach of trust action with a value of nearly £1 billion.

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Radcliffe Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Josh Lewison 
Rising star who is noted for his traditional chancery expertise. He has extensive offshore trust litigation experience and further handles a good deal of complex, high-value non-contentious work.
Strengths: "You are sure he will get it right as he knows his way around everything. He attends to matters speedily and can deal with the most technical aspects of a case with ease." "Very quick on his feet and very eloquent in presenting his cases."
Recent work: Acted for a beneficiary who sought to remove the trustees and protector of a trust set up by her parents. The trustees agreed to be removed and replaced.

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Radcliffe Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Gordon Nurse 
Widely experienced chancery barrister with a long-standing reputation. He advises on multimillion-pound disputes and is noted for his expertise in charity law. Nurse also sits as a Deputy Master in the Chancery Division.
Strengths: "Can deal with very difficult estates and is exceedingly helpful, proactive and intelligent. He is very quick and efficient and thoroughly comprehensive in his written advice." "Gordon has an analytical mind and gives very precise advice. He absorbs facts very quickly and it is a great pleasure to deal with him."

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Radcliffe Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Elizabeth Ovey 
A broad-ranging chancery practitioner specialising in building society and pensions matters, as well as professional negligence work. She also edits a number of well-regarded works on trusts and mortgages law.
Strengths: "She is very sensible and she dispenses high-quality advice."
Recent work: Acted in NRAM Plc v Nelmes, a case regarding issues of unfairness in connection with the payment of undisclosed commissions to a broker.

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Ten Old Square

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Leon Pickering 
Has developed a wide-ranging chancery practice with a real focus on private client matters as well as Court of Protection work. He advises extensively on inheritance tax, capital gains tax planning and other succession matters.
Strengths: "Excellent in court and on his feet and very good at dealing with clients." "He is really, really bright and very highly rated in the market. When you speak to other law firms he's definitely perceived as one who is a rising star in the field."
Recent work: Advised and represented court-appointed trustees in a contentious case where the beneficiaries sought to obtain an interim injunction against the trustees of a discretionary trust in order to prevent them selling a property held in trust.

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Radcliffe Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Kate Selway 
Well-established litigator with a caseload focused on trusts, wills, probate and estate administration, charities and Court of Protection matters. She is further recognised for her work on behalf of various government departments.
Strengths: "Her advice is crystal clear, and she is very client-friendly, enthusiastic and a pleasure to deal with. She is very prompt and always reacts well to what the other side throws at her."

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Rodney Stewart Smith

New Square Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Rodney Stewart Smith 
Very experienced barrister whose practice covers a wide array of trust and estate matters. He deals with both domestic and offshore cases and also has expertise in trust administration, tax issues and property disputes.
Strengths: "A seasoned member of the Chancery Bar, who has broad knowledge and is a very worthy opponent."

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Maitland Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Nigel Thomas 
Long-standing member of the Chancery Bar who has been instructed in matters relating to forfeiture proceedings under a will, proprietary estoppel, trustees' duties and claims against the estate of a deceased.
Strengths: "He was very good and he knew many elements to tie the case together. He was well suited to the role. He always made himself available to suit our client's requirements and then went even further. He is incisive and clear in his advice." "He is a punchy advocate. I rate him and he is a forthright and formidable barrister."
Recent work: Involved in bitterly contested family dispute concerning the ownership of a family farm and farming partnership assets valued at more than £10 million.

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Radcliffe Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Nathan Wells 
Has a practice strong on trusts, wills, probate, administration of estates and family provision matters. He has extensive experience of appearing in all UK courts.
Strengths: "Excellent at reaching favourable settlements for his client, and very bright. He gives very clear advice and is an authoritative figure." "Creative and imaginative in his approach to legal advice, he can think outside the box."

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Up and Coming

Radcliffe Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Daniel Burton
Has a strong chancery practice and shows particular interest in pensions, banking and financial services, probate and trusts-related matters.
Strengths: "Incredibly hands-on, has a commercial mind and turns around work very quickly to a high standard." "He is an exceptionally good advocate who takes judges through matters methodically and diligently. The court really appreciates his input."
Recent work: Acted for the successful defendant in satellite proceedings in Haastrup Estate litigation. This was a strongly contested litigation which covered some complex and relevant areas of law.

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Maitland Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Thomas Fletcher 
Widely praised up-and-coming junior who is rapidly developing a reputation for his impressive advice on complex trust and estate cases. He is also noted for his significant international and offshore expertise.
Strengths: "I was reassured by his technical expertise and his practical approach to legal issues. He has a panoramic view of trust and probate law. He is very good dealing with difficult clients and always struck the right tone when giving advice." "He is extremely good at dealing with strategic issues and knows how to handle himself in court. He has a very clear and precise drafting style which is incredibly helpful."

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Serle Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Emma Hargreaves 
Instructed in a number of substantial high-profile trust cases, both in the UK and offshore. She also deals with civil fraud, commercial and company disputes and is further noted for her international experience.
Strengths: "Provides very detailed and technical legal advice. Her written advice is excellent and confident, and she has a full understanding of the issues in a case." "She gets things done very quickly and is always very thorough and very organised."
Recent work: Represented the second defendant in landmark trustee directions proceedings relating to very substantial non-charitable purpose trusts.

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Up and Coming

Ten Old Square

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

James MacDougald 
Up-and-coming barrister whose practice is focused on the full range of traditional chancery work. He regularly advises on trusts, wills, estate administration and probate matters, as well as personal tax and 1975 Act claims.
Strengths: "His technical knowledge is very good and he gets to grips with things very quickly. Even though he is a young junior, he really inspires confidence in solicitors and clients. He is very thoughtful in his approach and never shy to give his opinion on matters."
Recent work: Represented the claimants in a case in which both they and the defendants claimed to be the duly appointed trustees and managers of two Sikh temples in the UK.

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