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Georgia Bedworth

"She's very assiduous in her preparation and research, and she applies her hard work and knowledge in a sensible way."
(Chambes UK 2019)

Georgia Bedworth has a thriving traditional chancery practice with particular focus on trusts and estates matters, both contentious and non-contentious. Georgia’s strong real property background gives her an edge when dealing with landed estates, as well as when advising on any trust or probate matter with a property element. As well as having considerable experience and expertise in contentious chancery matters, such as probate disputes, 1975 Act claims and removal applications, Georgia also undertakes a considerable amount of non-contentious work, including capital taxes planning. Georgia is frequently instructed in cases concerning multi-million pound trusts and estates. She has acted in a number of applications under the Variation of Trusts Act 1958 to vary high value settlements including those with a foreign element.

In addition, Georgia’s practice includes advising and litigating on pure property matters. Georgia also has considerable expertise in Court of Protection (Property and Affairs) matters.

Court of Protection

Georgia is recognised by Chambers UK Bar Guide 2016 as a leading junior in Court of Protection (Property and Affairs) work.  She is experienced in a range of Court of Protection mattes, including statutory will applications, applications for the approval of gifts, applications for the removal of attorneys and deputies.

Chambers UK Bar Guide 2016 comments that Georgia “has that ability that works very well in the Court of Protection to take a non-aggressive stance but nonetheless fight her client’s corner.” and also that “She is very diligent, very well prepared and does an effective job.” Previous editions of Chambers UK report that “She has encyclopaedic knowledge of the Court of Protection jurisdiction and clearly and simply condenses a myriad of turgid facts into a cohesive, clear, comprehensive account of events”.

Reported Cases:

  • Re JDS [2012] EWHC 302 (COP), [2012] WTLR 475: Instructed by the Deputy in the leading case on the issue of how the best-interests test under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 should be applied in the context of an application for authority to make a gift for the purpose of mitigating future inheritance tax out of a personal-injury damages award.
  • Acting for the applicant on an application for a statutory will where there was an order for P to attend the final hearing and it was necessary to join the Attorney General.
  • Acting for the Attorney on an application to authorise a substantial lifetime gift of shares to a charity which was not a beneficiary under P’s will.
  • Acting for the applicant on a successful Application to remove an attorney under an LPA who had been appointed two months after meeting P.
  • Acting for an attorney under an EPA in a complex family dispute which raised issues as to whether it was in P’s best interests for her home to be sold and a new home purchased near to her daughter as well as a claim to remove the attorney.

Recommendations


”  “a highly respected junior whose practice is primarily focused on trusts and estates matters. She is often instructed on both contentious and non-contentious matters, and is a particularly fine choice of counsel for matters with a substantial real property aspect. Sources call her “phenomenal at explaining things in plain English” and “someone who catches you by surprise with brilliant points.” Another commentator says: “She is very, very knowledgeable, with expertise in this field. She does really good, clear and concise written work” “.

HNW Guide 2019 - Band 1

Georgia Bedworth “is a “very, very clever” advocate who performs complex contentious and no-contentious work in trusts and estates matters”.

WWL UK Bar 2019

“Very good on trust disputes, especially those concerning complex land and property aspects.” “She is intelligent, bright and clear in her advice.”

Chambers UK 2019 - Chancery

“She’s very assiduous in her preparation and research, and she applies her hard work and knowledge in a sensible way.” “Her advice is always thorough and accurate, but it’s her skills with clients that really set her apart. She will always be honest and open with clients and manage their expectations appropriately in a very well-judged, professional manner.”

Chambes UK - Court of Protection

“She is always fantastic.”

Legal 500 2018 - Court of Protection

“The go-to junior for variation of trust applications.”

Legal 500 2018 - Private Client: Trusts & Probate

“She is a formidable advocate and leaves no stone unturned.”

Legal 500 2018 - Agriculture

“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.”

HNW 2018 Guide - Chancery: Traditional - London Bar - Band One

The HNW 2018 Guide writes: ‘Georgia Bedworth handles the full spectrum of traditional chancery matters and has specific experience dealing with landed estates and probate issues. “She is very good on trust disputes, especially if it has land and property aspects entwined in that,” reports one lawyer, while another market commentator says: “She is very knowledgable on contested probate and issues in respect of the administration of difficult estates.” A source reveals: “She is very good at drafting and very good at analysing trust and tax issues.” Bedworth’s practice also includes real estate and Court of Protection matters”. ‘

Chambers UK 2018 - Chancery: Traditional (Band 1)

“She’s clearly highly knowledgeable in this area.” “She is very thorough, very sensible and she presents cases beautifully.”

Chambers UK 2018 - Court of Protection: Property and Affairs

“I have to say she is one of the most sensible barristers I have ever come across. Things just sort themselves out when she is on the case. She is phenomenally clever.” “She is very detail-orientated and she presents her work perfectly. She always gives a very good performance in court.”

Chambers HNW 2017 - Chancery: Traditional (Band 1)

“Provides clear, balanced opinions and is not one to sit on the fence.” “She’s very empathetic and inspires confidence from the beginning.”

Chambers Global 2017 - Private Wealth: Trusts (Band 1)

“She is extremely fastidious and insightful when it comes to drafting trusts.” “She is extremely approachable, very good with clients, very empathetic and someone who inspires confidence from the beginning.”

Chambers UK 2017 - Chancery: Traditional

“She’s quite an understated advocate but she gets her points across very well. Her style works well in the Court of Protection.” “She’s a very civilised opponent and a very clever person.”

Chambers UK 2017 - Court of Protection

“Provides clear, balanced opinions and is not one to sit on the fence.” “She’s very empathetic and inspires confidence from the beginning.”

Chambers UK 2017 - Trusts

A “brain the size of a planet” and “She is great. She is very very easy to work with. She pretty much knows everything and she is really really approachable.”

HNW Chambers UK 2016 - Private Client

“She is very technical, very approachable and gets her head stuck into very technical issues.”

Chambers UK 2016 - Chancery: Traditional

“She will get her head stuck into technical issues and has a property background, which is an added bonus when dealing with landed estates.”

Chambers UK 2016 - Trusts (Band 1)

“She is very diligent, very well prepared and does an effective job.” and “She has that ability that works very well in the Court of Protection to take a non-aggressive stance but nonetheless fight her client’s corner.”

Chambers UK 2016 - Court of Protection

“Calm, collected and good on her feet when dealing with technical issues.”

Legal 500 2016 - Private Client: Trusts & Probate

Qualifications


  • Diplock Scholar, Middle Temple
  • BCL (Distinction), St Hugh’s College, Oxford
  • BA Hons (First Class), St Hugh’s College, Oxford

Associations & Memberships


  • Chancery Bar Association

Speaking Engagements


Georgia speaks frequently at both in house seminars, MBL seminars and LexisNexis Webinars.

For more information and advice

Call: +44 (0)20 7405 0758

Email: clerks@tenoldsquare.com

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Awards


Georgia Bedworth is a self-employed, independent barrister whose practice is governed by the Code of Conduct of the Bar of England and Wales. She is regulated by The Bar Standards Board [Bar Ref 42904] and is fully insured with the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund [BMIF Ref 2360/055] to provide legal services, please refer to the BMIF website for full details of the world-wide cover provided. She is registered for VAT under the reference 799330581.

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