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James Egan

James has a busy and successful chancery, commercial and private client practice, and is regularly instructed by a number of leading firms. He has a wealth of advocacy experience spanning the full spectrum of Chambers’ work, appearing regularly in his own right in the County Court and High Court. James also has been instructed as specialist chancery counsel in divorce proceedings in the Family Court. His practice largely focuses upon:

  • Trusts, inheritance and probate matters
  • Corporate and personal insolvency matters
  • Property and residential/commercial landlord and tenant claims
  • Court of Protection
  • Commercial disputes
  • Partnership and company disputes

In addition to his practice in the Court of Protection, James has been instructed in a number of civil claims in which litigation capacity needed to be investigated in relation to one of the parties. He is therefore familiar with the procedures set out in Part 21 of the Civil Procedure Rules and/or Insolvency Rules 12.23-12.25, as applicable.

Private Client: Contentious

James has extensive experience in all aspects of trust, probate and estate claims (including drafting applications for service of proceedings out of the jurisdiction) and advising upon allegations of professional negligence in this context.

Recent highlights include:

  • Advising and representing personal representatives, beneficiaries and applicants in mediations and at Court in Inheritance (Provision for Family & Dependents) Act 1975 claims (including Estates valued in the several millions of pounds). James has advised and represented spouses, former spouses, cohabitants, dependents and children of the Deceased in their claims.
  • Successfully removing and defending trustees/personal representatives in removal claims (both onshore and offshore);
  • Successfully applying to rectify the register of members and appointing directors after the sole director/shareholder of a ‘Model A’ Articles of Association company has died;
  • Successfully applying by way of originating summons to remove final caveats;
  • Successfully representing beneficiaries in construction/rectification claims;
  • Advising on and drafting ‘Cobden-Ramsay v Sutton Order’ proceedings;
  • Drafting section 116 Senior Courts Act 1981 passing-over proceedings;
  • Successfully advising on and drafting proceedings to compel trustees to transfer assets to absolute beneficiaries;
  • Successfully applying for an account and inventory of a high value estate;
  • Advising on, drafting and successfully recovering possession of the Deceased’s property;
  • Advising on equitable tracing and personal remedies for the recovery of misapplied trust monies;
  • Advising on the operation of Discounted Discretionary Gift trusts;
  • Advising on potential claims for an account of lifetime transfers allegedly procured through undue influence and/or non-compliance with the Code of Practice for LPAs;
  • Advising on survivorship to joint bank accounts;
  • Advising personal representatives and potential claimants on testamentary challenges (including lack of capacity, want of knowledge and approval, and undue influence);
  • Advising on and drafting pre-action correspondence in claims involving Quistclose and statutory trusts;
  • Applications to pay funds into Court pursuant to section 63 of the Trustee Act 1925.
  • Advising on vesting orders and declarations in the insolvency context.

James has also been instructed to advise in relation to offshore jurisdictions, including most recently in a trustee removal application in the Isle of Man.


  • MA, Downing College, University of Cambridge (2018)
  • Bar Professional Training Course (Outstanding), BPP University (2015)
  • BA Law (Double First Class), Downing College, University of Cambridge (2014)

Associations & Memberships

  • Contentious Trusts Association (‘ConTrA’)

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Pricing Policy

Unless otherwise agreed my Clerk will calculate my fees based on my current hourly rate. My rates are reviewed annually and details can be obtained from my Clerk. Once a rate is set for any particular case the hourly rate will only ever be adjusted with express agreement between my Clerks and those instructing me. All fees are subject to VAT at the prevailing rate where applicable.


James has been awarded several academic prizes for academic performance including:

  • Hubert Greenland Pupillage Award, 2015 – Lincoln’s Inn
  • Buchanan Prize, 2015 – Lincoln’s Inn
  • Graduating Scholar, 2014 – Downing College, University of Cambridge
  • Senior Harris Scholarship, 2014 – Downing College, University of Cambridge
  • Platt Prize for Especial Distinction in University & College Examinations, 2014 – Downing College, University of Cambridge
  • Clifford Chance CJ Hampson Prize 20 June 2014
  • Lord Denning Scholarship, 2014 – Lincoln’s Inn
  • Excellence Award, 2014 – BPP Law School
  • James William Squire Scholarship, 2013 – Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge
  • Hardwicke Entrance Award, 2013 – Lincoln’s Inn
  • Harris Scholarship, 2013 – Downing College, University of Cambridge
  • Seton-Cavendish Award – Downing College, University of Cambridge

James Egan is a self-employed, independent barrister whose practice is regulated by the Bar Standards Board [Bar Ref 66449] and governed by the Conduct Rules of the Bar of England and Wales. He is fully insured with the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund [BMIF Ref 2360/078] to provide legal services, please refer to the BMIF website for full details of the cover provided. He is registered for VAT under the reference 256487860.

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