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Private Client: Contentious

We are one of the leading sets for Private Client: Contentious work, encompassing wills and probate disputes, administration of estates disputes, trusts disputes of all kinds, including onshore and offshore, as well as all related professional negligence.

Chambers is ranked Teir 2 in Legal 500 2020 and 2019 for Private Client: Trusts and Probate, Band 1 in Chambers UK Bar Directory 2018 and 2017 for traditional chancery and was awarded Chambers of the Year at the STEP awards for both 2015/2016 and 2013/2014.

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Our members deliver high quality legal expertise combined with a down-to- earth and collaborative approach.

If you would like to discuss a specific case, arrange a meeting or receive further information about any of our members, areas of expertise or about the way we work in general, please contact our clerks who will be happy to provide further guidance.

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"Ten Old Square offers a broad expertise in property and affairs matters, drawing on the set's recognised strength in private client work."

Chambers UK 2020

"Ten Old Square ‘excels from top to bottom.’ The chambers is ‘the go-to place for trustee applications involving rectification, variation of trusts and other administrative court proceedings."

Legal 500 2020

"Extremely strong and provides a first-rate service."

Legal 500 2018

"Members offer a broad array of chancery expertise, and are particularly adept at trusts and succession disputes."

Chambers UK 2018

"A deep bench of expert traditional chancery practitioners, including a number of strong juniors who support three hugely well-regarded silks in Simon Taube, Francis Barlow and Eason Rajah. Its members excel in private client work, including matters relating to wills and probate, trusts, private client income and inheritance taxation."

Chambers UK

"The go-to chambers for private client lawyers. The best advocates in terms of cross-examination. They are very academic and do very high-powered trusts work."

Chambers UK HNW 2016

"The barristers are efficient and charming, and they generally bend over backwards to accommodate my work"

Chambers UK 2016

"A very specialist and a really friendly team with lots of really good barristers."

Chambers UK 2016

Chambers boasts three of the highest ranked QC’s in Francis Barlow QC (“Top of the tree in his field” – Chambers UK 2016), Simon Taube  (“Star individual instructed to handle high-value litigation and top-quality advisory matters” – Chambers 2017), and Eason Rajah (“an excellent advocate and one of the best around” – Chambers 2017). It has numerous highly ranked and highly rated juniors including Susannah Meadway (“superb” – Chambers 2017), Richard Dew (“very efficient, thorough and approachable” – Legal 500 2017), Georgia Bedworth (“Calm, collected and good on her feet when dealing with technical issues” – Legal 500 2017) and Leon Pickering (“very clever, academic and good fun” – Chambers 2017). In Keith Plowman, Marc Schofield and their team they are supported by one of the best regarded clerking teams in Lincoln’s Inn.

Members are regarded for their abilities in court, for their drafting skills and for the quality and accuracy of their advice. Many are authors or editors of some of the foremost textbooks on Chancery law including Williams on Wills, Rossdale on Administration of Estate and Parker’s Modern Will Precedents and all are frequent contributors to journals and to seminars and conferences. 2015/16 appearances included the International Trusts Litigation Forum, Transcontinental Trusts Bermuda and STEP’s SIG seminar.

In recent times members of chambers have acted in many high profile and high value claims both in England and Wales and offshore. Those cases include:

  • Dawson-Damer v Taylor Wessing LLP [2017] EWCA Civ 74
  • Shergill & Ors v Khaira & Ors [2017] EWHC 883
  • Davidson & Anor v Seelig & Ors [2016] EWHC 549
  • Labrouche v Frey [2016] EWHC 268
  • Re Nina Wang [2015] HKCFA
  • Davidson v Davidson [2016] EWHC 549
  • Pakistan v Natwest [2015] EWHC 55
  • Re Dellal [2015] EWHC 907
  • Dawson-Damer v Taylor Wessing LLP [2015] EWHC 2366
  • C v C [2015] EWHC 2699
  • P v P [2015] EWCA Civ 447
  • Crociani v Crociani [2017]JRC146
  • V v T  [2014] EWHC 3432 (Ch)A v B [2016] EWHC 340
  • Goodman v Goodman [2014] Ch 186
  • Buzzoni v HMRC [2014] 1 WLR 3040
  • Tadros v Barratt [2014] EWHC 2860

Areas of expertise include:

  • Validity of Wills
  • Construction and Rectification of Wills
  • Administration of Estates
  • Probate Disputes
  • Inheritance Disputes
  • Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975
  • Variations of Trust
  • Trust disputes
  • Offshore trusts
  • Onshore trusts
  • Trustees’ powers and duties
  • Construction and rectification of Trusts
  • Trusts in divorce
  • Professional negligence in wills, trusts and estates.
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