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.
Contact our experienced Clerks to find out which barristers would be ideal for you. They have many years of experience and will ensure that you receive a premium service and advise on the suitability, availability and cost of instructing specialist Counsel.
Chambers is ranked in Band 1 for Chambers UK Bar Directory 2020 for Chancery: traditional and Tier 2 in Legal 500 2020 for Private Client: Trusts and Probate, and was awarded Chambers of the Year at the STEP awards for both 2015/2016 and 2013/2014.
Contact our experienced Clerks to find out which Private Client barristers would be ideal for you. They have many years of experience and will ensure that you receive a premium service and advise on the suitability, availability and cost of instructing specialist Counsel.
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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."
"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 (“a walking encyclopaedia” – Chambers UK 2020), Simon Taube (“A brilliant advocate” – Chambers 2020), and Eason Rajah (“very impressive indeed” – Chambers 2020). It has numerous highly ranked and highly rated juniors including Susannah Meadway (“personable, technical and really helpful” – Chambers 2020), Richard Dew (“a skilled advocate and fights fiercely for his clients – drives a hard bargain” – Legal 500 2020), Georgia Bedworth (“ brilliant technical trust lawyer” – Chambers 2020) Leon Pickering (“He provides very clear advice and analysis” – Chambers 2020) and James MacDougald (“super bright, willing and never lets me down” – Chambers 2020). 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. 2019/20 appearances included the International Trusts Litigation Forum, Transcontinental Trusts Bermuda and STEP’s SIG Half day 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:
All disputes involving, or between, private individuals can be described as contentious private client work. We are here referring to disputes involving Wills or trusts or other succession matters but that involves a wide spectrum of disputes over money including as to whether a Will is valid, how an estate is administered, the removal of executors or trustees, offshore trusts litigation and professional negligence arising out of all of these matters.
We are private client specialists. We are able to provide advice, assistance and representation in all of the fields referred to above and you will find all members will have considerable knowledge and experience from dealing with many similar or related matters.
All members, at whatever level have a wealth of experience in contentious private client work. You will find that all members will have considerable knowledge and experience from dealing with many similar or related matters. In most disputes, whether onshore or offshore you can expect to find a member of our chambers appearing or having been involved at some stage or in advising one or more of the parties.
We appear in all the courts in England and Wales. Where permitted we will also provide representation in courts around the world, including the Cayman Islands, Bermuda, Bahamas and the BVI. Members can also be found providing expert advice and assistance in other jurisdictions where they cannot represent a party, including Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man.
This website contains details of the barristers at Ten Old Square to assist you. You should speak to one of our clerks who are highly experienced in matching the right barrister to the dispute.
We aim to provide a cost-effective service and will strive to ensure that our fees are competitive. Our Clerks will advise you of the hourly rate applicable to any barrister in Chambers and for any piece of work and this will be agreed in advance taking into account the nature of the case and its complexity, and the experience of the barrister instructed.