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Toby Graham

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Farrer & Co

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Toby is head of Farrer & Co's Contentious Trusts and Estates group. He specialises in contentious trusts and estates, usually of high-value with international elements. He has been involved in trusts disputes before courts in England, The Bahamas, Bermuda, BVI, Cayman, Cyprus, Guernsey, Jersey, Singapore, Switzerland and TCI. He has experience of a broad range of disputes such as third party claims; validity issues; breach of trust; Hastings Bass; applications for approval under VTA; disputes over investment performance; Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975; validity challenged to wills. Toby is co-editor of Trusts & Trustees published by Oxford University Press; a member of the editorial board of Wills & Trusts Law Reports; a co-editor of “A Practical Guide to the Transfer of Trusteeships” (2nd ed) published by STEP and is the author of the course notes for the STEP Certificate in Trust Disputes.


Called to the Bar in 1989 (Tancred Scholar); admitted to solicitor February 1992; trained with Simmons & Simmons 1989 to 1994; Taylor Joynson Garrett/Taylor Wessing 1994-2007 (partner October 1999 and Head of Contentious Trusts & Estates Group 2003).


Trust Law Committee; STEP Contentious Trusts and Estates Special Interest Group (Chair); International Academy of Estate and Trust Law; STEP; ACTAPS.


University of East Anglia.

London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

With almost all of its work involving international dimensions, Farrer & Co's 'great corporate and commercial litigation practice' has a particular emphasis on cases involving complex company structures and asset holdings, shareholder disputes and cross-border commercial contracts. The practice acted for RP Explorer Master Fund in the Commercial Court in its $80m claim against multiple defendants, which arose out of its investments on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange. Adrian Parkhouse heads the team, which includes Kate AllassJeremy Gordon, Toby Graham, Ben Longworth and Charlotte Fraser . The key senior associates are Ben Longworth and Jolyon Connell. John Wilkinson joined from Stephenson Harwood.

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London: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate

Within: Leading individuals

Toby Graham - Farrer & Co

Within: Contentious trusts and probate

Farrer & Co  has a ‘group of knowledgeable and highly skilled advocates who have great experience of counselling clients in difficult and often quite personal matters’. Standout individuals include Jeremy Gordon, who ‘has a fantastic eye for detail’; Toby Graham, who is ‘particularly adept at understanding the risks and nuances of each case and offering his clients responsible and effective guidance'; Joanna Poole is ‘quickly emerging as one of the ‘go to’ partners for contentious trusts. She is very calm under pressure and is commercially savvy’. Newly promoted partner Charlotte Fraser is ‘incredibly capable. She adopts a commercial attitude along with a technically excellent approach- she will go far’. Senior associate Adam Carvalho is also ‘excellent’ and associate Tom McPhail is ‘smart and meticulous’. The team has ‘gold chip private clients and a strong international presence’. The group benefits from the firm’s stable of high-net-worth clients, trust companies and fiduciaries which all provide a steady flow of interesting and high-profile instructions. In a substantial claim it is currently acting for Julian Sheffield and the Sheffield family defendants, as executors of the estate of the late John Vincent Sheffield and the trustees of the family estate.

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