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Private Client: Non-Contentious

We are recognised as one of the leading sets for private client: non-contentious work, having 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.


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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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"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

Chambers has a particular expertise in Variation of Trust Act matters, with Head of Chambers, Francis Barlow QC 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 (privacy); C v C (variation of foreign trusts) and A v B (revocable partial release of power for the purpose of the variation).

Barristers at Ten Old Square are experienced in all aspects of non-contentious private client matters including:

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

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.

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