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5 Stone Buildings is β€˜extremely strong in the area of contentious trusts and probate and has a good range of available barristers’. Work highlights saw Penelope Reed QC appearing in the Supreme Court for the appellants in the headline case of Illot v The Blue Cross and others, and demonstrating the set’s offshore expertise, ShΓ’n Warnock-Smith QC appeared in the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands in Scotiabank v Brossard and in the Court of Appeal of Trinidad and Tobago in Basdeo v Governor of Prisons.

Serle Court is β€˜a byword for quality in this area’. Members continue to be instructed in high-profile disputes both onshore and offshore, including the Supreme Court cases of Pitt v Holt and Futter v Futter, which clarified the law of trusts in applying both the rule of Hastings-Bass and the law of mistake. Another highlight was Ilott v Mitson, the first case where the Supreme Court considered the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.

Wilberforce Chambers is β€˜an excellent set’ and β€˜always the first port of call’. Brian Green QC recently appeared in the first Hague Convention Supreme Court case on the Recognition of Trusts Act 1987 in Akers and others v Samba Financial Group, while three members were involved in Freedman v Freedman surrounding the law on equitable mistake .

β€˜An all-round strong set with a commercial approach’, XXIV Old Buildings has β€˜great depth, and is effectively and pleasantly managed’. Members have an established reputation in the trusts and probate space, particularly in offshore jurisdictions. Indeed, Akers and others v Samba Financial Group is a recent case highlight relating to the insolvency of a Cayman Islands company and raising fundamental issues on trust law.

Maitland Chambers is β€˜an excellent set with excellent quality counsel, many of whom are leaders in their fields’. The set consistently features in large-scale litigation, such as the Trilogy case in Jersey (involving Catherine Newman QC).

New Square Chambers is β€˜an excellent Chancery set’, where members’ strengths span contentious wills, trusts, probate and estate administration. Some also have experience in international private wealth cases.

Radcliffe Chambers is β€˜a first-class Chancery set that never fails to impress’. The set has a strong trusts practice, handling matters surrounding validity and interpretation of trusts, and claims for breach of trust, civil fraud and asset recovery.

Ten Old Square is β€˜strong on trust advice and the related tax issues, and has very competent barristers at all levelsβ€˜. The practice encompasses wills and probate, administration of estates, and trusts disputes relating to professional negligence.

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