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Private Client: Non-Contentious

We one of the leading sets for private client: non-contentious work, encompassing drafting and varying Wills, drafting trusts and ancillary deeds and documents, capital taxation advice, variation of trusts and other non-contentious advisory work. We won Chambers of The Year at the STEP Private Client Awards, in both 2015/2016 and 2013/2014. We have a reputation for complex onshore and offshore matters.

Chambers has a particular expertise in Variation of Trust Act matters, with Head of Chambers, Francis Barlow KC being described as the “king of the Variation of Trusts world” (Chambers 2017).  Members of Chambers have been involved in most of the recent high value variation of trusts cases including Wyndham v Egremont (extending the perpetuity period); V v TA and MN v OP (CA) (privacy and anonymity); C v C (variation of foreign trusts) and A v B (revocable partial release of power for the purpose of the variation).

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.


Contact our Private Client: Non-Contentious Clerks

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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"One of the gurus of traditional chancery."

Chambers UK 2020

"Bright, energetic and full of charm."

Chambers UK 2020

"Excels from top to bottom. The go-to place for trustee applications involving rectification, variation of trusts and other administrative court proceedings."

Legal 500 2020

"Go-to set for most trusts and IHT advice"

Legal 500 2020

"Praised for its expertise in complex tax matters and will construction issues"

Legal 500 2019

"The go-to chambers for private client lawyers"

Chambers UK HNW 2016

"They are very academic and do very high-powered trusts work."

Chambers UK HNW 2016

Our Private Client Experience

Chambers boasts three of the highest ranked KC’s in Francis Barlow KC (“a walking encyclopaedia” – Chambers UK 2020), Simon Taube  (“sheer knowledge of technical trust law” – 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 (“very responsive, very clear in his advice, and commercial as well” – Chambers and Partners 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.

In addition, members of Chambers are authors and contributors to leading practitioner texts in the non-contentious field, namely Williams on Wills, Parkers Modern Will Precedents, Foster’s Inheritance Tax, Mellows Taxation of Executors and Trustees, Rossdale on Probate and Administration of Estates. All are frequent contributors to journals and to seminars and conferences.

Private Client Frequently Asked Questions

What do we mean by non-contentious private client work?

Advising private individuals on their private affairs, particularly including their Wills and the administration of estates, as well as advising trustees and beneficiaries regarding the establishment, administration or variation of trusts. We can provide technical, skilled and knowledgeable advice on all of these matters including on capital taxes and capital taxation planning.

What is the focus of Chambers’ work in this area?

We are private client specialists. We are able to provide advice, assistance and representation in all of the areas referred to above and you will find all members will have considerable knowledge and experience from dealing with many similar or related matters.

Why instruct Ten Old Square?

All members, at whatever level have a wealth of experience in non-contentious private client work. You will find that all members will have considerable knowledge and experience from dealing with many similar or related matters.

What trusts and estates can you advise upon?

We are all qualified to advise regarding trusts and wills established in England and Wales. We will also provide expert advice regarding trusts and succession in countries around the world, including the Cayman Islands, Bermuda, Bahamas the BVI, Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man.

How do I select a barrister for a non-contentious Private Client matter?

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 matter.

What are the fees for instructing a barrister in a non-contentious Private Client matter?

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.

Areas of Expertise in Private Client

  • Variation of Trusts Act Applications
  • Applications under s. 57 Trustee Act 1925
  • Beddoe applications
  • Applications by Trustees or personal representatives for directions
  • Drafting wills
  • Drafting trusts
  • Drafting deeds of appointment
  • Drafting deeds
  • Capital taxes planning
  • Capital taxation advice
  • Advising on the administration of estates
  • Advising on the administration of trusts
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