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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

Sinclair Gibson LLP

Sinclair Gibson LLP, a new firm formed as a result of the split of Harcus Sinclair, advises on a wide array of matters from trust and probate disputes for private clients and onshore and offshore professional trustees to disputes over closely held family/private companies. The team is also skilled at handling professional negligence claims for private clients wishing to sue their advisors as well as acting in court of protection proceedings on behalf of minors and other people lacking capacity. In addition the group receives a steady flow of instructions acting for offshore law firms and onshore clients in appeals to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council. Alison Meek and Henry Hickman now head the team.

Practice head(s):Alison Meek; Henry Hickman

Other key lawyers:Lucy Gibson


'Lucy Gibson has a good practice with good clients'.

'Henry Hickman is very sensible and very level headed'.

Work highlights

  • Acting for a beneficiary in the partition of a $400m Guernsey trust.
  • Acting for an old English family in defending contentious 1975 Act proceedings.
  • Acting as personal representatives of the estates of a well-known and very wealthy married couple.
  • Acting for one of the beneficiaries in the partition of a substantial Bermuda trust.
  • Acting for the executors in seeking to have declared void lifetime gifts made by the deceased totalling over $16m on the grounds of undue influence.
Leading individuals

Alison Meek - Sinclair Gibson LLP

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Family - ranked: tier 3

Sinclair Gibson LLP

Sinclair Gibson LLP, a new firm formed as a result of the split of Harcus Sinclair, has an established reputation for its work for wealthy clients on complex financial remedy claims as well as pre- and post-nuptial agreements. The group is also well-regarded for its work in private children matters and the firm‚Äôs clients typically include wealthy individuals and professionals ‚Äď a significant proportion of whom are neither UK resident or UK domiciled. The firm is well placed to provide family law advice as well trusts and tax law advice to these individuals. Head of team Kathryn Peat is a qualified arbitrator in both children and finance matters as well as a Resolution trained mediator. Beth Mason has a broad range of experience and advises unmarried cohabitees in the event of relationship breakdown.

Practice head(s):Kathryn Peat

Other key lawyers:Roger Cobden-Ramsay; Beth Mason


'The family team is one of the best one can hire. Good value for money, excellent client care and huge ability'.

'It is a client-focused team'.

'Kathryn Peat is a legal wizard, highly effective and very experienced'.

'Roger Cobden-Ramsay employs his years of experience, tactical know how and first-class judgement to all his cases'.

'Beth Mason is a very able, personable, patient and astute solicitor. She manages the most needy and demanding of clients with tact and skill and she is not afraid of standing up to aggressive litigation conducted by opposing solicitors'.

Work highlights

  • Representing the wife in divorce and financial remedy proceedings.
  • Representing the father in Schedule 1 proceedings.
  • Representing the husband regarding a post-nuptial agreement.
  • Representing the former wife on her former husband’s variation application.
  • Representing the husband in financial remedy negotiations.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

Sinclair Gibson LLP

Sinclair Gibson LLP, a new firm formed as a result of the split of Harcus Sinclair, is adept at advising UK-based families and landed estates on wealth structuring and devolution planning and at advising international clients on multi-jurisdictional matters. Keith Bruce-Smith and Lucy Gibson head the team. Both act as fiduciaries of substantial UK and offshore trusts and are non-executive directors of UK companies owned by families the team advises. Clients are predominantly high-net-worth but the team also looks after clients of more modest wealth backgrounds.

Practice head(s):Keith Bruce-Smith; Lucy Gibson

Other key lawyers:Eleanor Walsh; Elizabeth Fordham; Judith Robertson


'It has the extremely experienced and well-regarded Keith Bruce-Smith and Lucy Gibson, who are supported by a team of able assistants.'

'This team acts for some of the most prestigious onshore and offshore private clients in the market.'

'Keith Bruce-Smith, in particular, brings with him a lifetime's experience of the highest calibre private client work. Keith has a robust and confident approach that inspires confidence in clients.'

'Keith Bruce-Smith brings a huge amount of experience, intellect but most of all common sense to bear on the trickiest of legal or family issues.'

'The team, led by Keith Bruce-Smith and assisted by Judith Robertson, was superlative. They married a perfect grasp of the law with a robust, pragmatic approach to achieving our client's planning objectives without undue complexity or cost.'

'Keith Bruce-Smith is an extremely experienced practitioner; nothing fazes him. He has an excellent team of associates including Elizabeth Fordham. Lucy Gibson is highly regarded.'

'Lucy Gibson is very personable, technically excellent and very pragmatic.'

'Lucy Gibson is exceptional from her attention to detail, to her command and understanding of sensitive family matters, vast financial responsibilities and sincere kindness to all those she is connected to in our family office.'

'Lucy Gibson is outstanding. Her professionalism and knowledge is a huge comfort.'

'Elizabeth Fordham is an associate to watch.'

Leading individuals

Keith Bruce-Smith - Sinclair Gibson LLP

Lucy Gibson - Sinclair Gibson LLP

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