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5 Stone Buildings is β€˜highly effective for offshore trust work’. β€˜All of the barristers provide a highly satisfactory service and have considerable strength in all aspects of trusts and probate.’ Recent highlights include ShΓ’n Warnock-Smith QC representing a beneficiary who is involved in multi-jurisdictional litigation against trustees and others suspected of depriving the beneficiary of assets owned personally and through a Liechtenstein trust.

Serle Court is an β€˜excellent set’. Members continue to be instructed in the most significant and high-profile cases, both onshore and offshore. In a large scale instruction, Elizabeth Jones QC is acting in Glenn V Watson for a New Zealand businessman and philanthropist in various proceedings relating to a BVI joint venture company. In another highlight Dominic Dowley QC acted in Novoship v Mikhaylyuk which involved an international shipping fraud.

Wilberforce Chambers is a β€˜strong set, with excellent strength and depth throughout, and some very bright people’. Members are experienced in international work, particularly in offshore jurisdictions. Gilead Cooper QC acted in a claim brought by the executor of a high-profile Saudi government minister for disclosure of information by the family of a Lebanese businessman.

XXIV Old Buildings has β€˜some very well-known figures, especially in the offshore world, with deep expertise at all levels in trust and estate litigation’. Highlights included Stephen Moverley Smith QC advising on a challenge to the validity of an Isle of Man trust by a US government agency. In another matter Elspeth Talbot Rice QC advised on applications for Beddoe relief and the striking out of a claim against trustees.

Maitland Chambers is regularly involved in the most complex and high-value litigation. Members advise on all areas of trusts and other fiduciary relationships, through to advising, drafting and representing clients in the courts in relation to wills, probate and estates matters.

New Square Chambers is strong across the board with an increasing focus on international private wealth matters. In Crociani v Crociani, Nicholas Le Poidevin QC appeared in the Privy Council, a case considering whether a common term in offshore trusts amounted to a jurisdiction clause.

Radcliffe Chambers is β€˜very strong in private client generally, and is one of the leading Chancery sets, with great strength in depth; the set always has someone available to help’. In Farrow v Harris, Robert Pearce QC is representing the literary executor of a deceased Oxbridge professor; the executor is in dispute with the widow on issues relating to the deceased’s literary estate.

Ten Old Square is β€˜extremely strong and provides a first-rate service’. Its members are β€˜highly skilled at trust variation applications in particular’. As an example, in Bathurst v Bathurst, Francis Barlow QC acted in the successful application for the approval of an arrangement varying the trusts of a large landed settlement.

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