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Trusts & Estates


Our barristers are renowned specialists in the law of Trusts, and both Ten Old Square and its members are consistently recommended for their expertise by Chambers UK, Chambers HNW and the Legal 500, the leading legal directories.

We have strength in depth across all levels of seniority, with expertise in both contentious and non-contentious trusts work. Our barristers are regularly instructed to advise on trusts in both private client and commercial contexts, and in offshore trust disputes. Every facet of trusts law is covered in Chambers. Our areas of trusts expertise include:

  • The construction and rectification of trust documents;
  • The scope of trustees’ powers and duties;
  • Claims for breaches of trust and breaches of fiduciary duty;
  • Applications under the Variation of Trusts Act 1958;
  • The taxation of trusts, including tax planning
  • Drafting trust documents;
  • Offshore trust disputes;
  • Charitable trusts;
  • Professional negligence in trusts matters.

Our members give regular seminars to other legal professional in this area. Ten Old Square also hosts the London Trusts Conference, a regular annual event that features in the calendars of most of the leading trusts lawyers in the UK.


Our barristers are specialists in the law of Estates, and both Ten Old Square and its members are consistently recommended for their expertise by Chambers UK and the Legal 500, the leading legal directories.

Our areas of expertise include:

  • The construction and rectification of Wills;
  • Disputes concerning the validity of alleged wills, including on grounds of lack of capacity, want of knowledge and approval, undue influence or fraud
  • The scope of Executors and Administrators’ powers and duties;
  • Claims for breaches of trust and breaches of fiduciary duty;
  • The administration of estates;
  • The taxation of estates, including tax planning;
  • Drafting estate documents;
  • Contentious probate disputes;
  • Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 claims;
  • Offshore estate disputes;
  • Professional negligence in estates matters – read more.

Our members give regular seminars in this area.

Contact our Trusts & Estates Clerks

Contact our experienced Clerks to find out which Trusts & Estates 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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"Simon has a great understanding of his clients' needs and provides clear and insightful advice. He's also very approachable."

Chambers UK 2023

"Quite exceptional. The complete package. She has a practical touch and always gets to the heart of any matter."

Susannah Meadway - Chambers UK 2023

"Richard is exceptional with clients. He goes above and beyond."

Chambers UK 2023

"Georgia's intelligence shines through. She is very thorough and detailed, and she provides excellent client service."

Chambers UK 2023

"Fantastically clever, highly efficient and always willing to lend a hand and chat through any issues."

James MacDougald - Chambers UK 2023

"He is able to navigate extremely complex matters smoothly and has a real eye for detail which enables him to spot things that others would not notice. He is also technically brilliant."

Simon Taube KC - Chambers UK 2022

"Incredibly thorough and diligent when handling complex trust matters. She's great on the analysis and makes sure nothing gets missed. No stone is left unturned."

Susannah Meadway - Chambers UK 2022

"Absolutely brilliant. He impresses clients with his attention to detail and open and straightforward approach."

Richard Dew - Chambers UK 2022

"Extremely thorough, very dedicated and highly driven. No one could ever question her technical ability."

Georgia Bedworth - Chambers UK 2022

"Approachable and perceptive, he provides timely and sensible input whether drafting documents or advising by telephone or in writing"

James MacDougald - Chambers UK 2022

"Technically brilliant and a lawyer with a fine mind, he is a thoughtful silk whose written opinions are excellent. He understands clients and is very practical in his approach."

Simon Taube KC - Chambers UK 2021

"Superb. She just gives fantastic service and top-notch advice. Always calm and incredibly well organised, she's completely wonderful."

Susannah Meadway - Chambers UK 2021

"Technically superb and a man with finely tuned judgement"

Richard Dew - Chambers UK 2021

"Incisive, clever and very disarming"

Georgia Bedworth - Chambers UK 2021

"A junior with an impressive mind, whose knowledge base in trusts is superb for one of his call"

James MacDougald - Chambers UK 2021

"He is my go-to when I need a silk on the trusts side – he's immensely bright, experienced and excellent at dealing with clients."

Simon Taube KC - Chambers UK 2020

"She's personable, technical and really helpful"

Susannah Meadway - Chambers UK 2020

"He is a very safe pair of hands. He is robust when he needs to be, and he is reliable."

Richard Dew - Chambers UK 2020

"She has a very broad technical ability and an encyclopaedic knowledge. She's easy to deal with, very responsive and supportive."

Georgia Bedworth - Chambers UK 2020

"He is super bright, willing and never lets me down. He is quite thoughtful in nature and very willing to talk things through. He's very approachable and clients have a lot of confidence in him."

James MacDougald - Chambers UK 2020

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