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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Cheltenham, Doha, Dubai, Geneva, Guildford, London and 4 more

Graeme Kleiner

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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Business disputes, charities and not-for-profit, private wealth; litigation and dispute resolution, contentious trusts and estates.


Graeme heads the firm’s contentious trusts and estates team. He advises trustees, executors and beneficiaries in relation to a broad range of disputes. He is recognised in the legal directories as a leader in contentious trust and estates matters. Graeme practises in both domestic and international trust and succession disputes – recent cases have involved parties located in multiple onshore and offshore jurisdictions around the world. He also has a growing practice in IFA disputes and handles fraud and professional negligence cases relating to trust, tax and succession matters. Experience: advising beneficiaries in an offshore trust dispute involving assets in excess of $2bn; advising trustees in a multi-jurisdictional trust dispute involving funds in excess of $100m where there were allegations of fraud against a protector; advising trustees in English divorce proceedings involving assets in a number of jurisdictions; acting for clients in complex Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act disputes.

London: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate

Within: Leading individuals

Graeme Kleiner - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Within: Contentious trusts and probate

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is β€˜absolutely top of the tree in terms of its depth of expertise – it can handle everything. The combination of the Guildford and London offices gives it good options in terms of fee structures – this is not necessarily open to other firms with just a London office’. Head of department Graeme Kleiner β€˜really knows his stuff and is fantastically good at soothing troubled waters’. β€˜Excellent tactician’ Roberta Harvey β€˜handles complex matters with great skill’, and Tamasin Perkins is β€˜just excellent with clients. Her determination, good sense and diligence all prove to be a case winner’. The β€˜very knowledgeable and capable’ Duncan Elson has β€˜apparently more than 24 hours in his day, as he manages to be personally involved in all his cases’; and Suzanne Marriott is β€˜outstanding’. The team also has some β€˜superb younger lawyers coming up the ranks’: among the senior associates are the β€˜very calm’ Oliver Auld and Aimee West, who has β€˜a lovely manner with clients’, and associate Jessica Stafford is β€˜very hardworking and has an excellent grasp of the detail’. The team had a busy year working on some of the largest and highest-profile cases both domestically and internationally. In a very large ongoing fraud trial with claims in the Cayman Islands and the US, the team is representing AWAL’s subsidiaries in both jurisdictions. It also successfully represented the respondent to a freezing and asset preservation order obtained by his wife in England during the course of divorce proceedings in Israel - the order was granted ex parte and effectively prevented the client from operating his UK-based business, and the team ultimately had the orders discharged as well as obtaining an order for costs against his wife.

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South East: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate

Within: Contentious trusts and probate

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is β€˜top of the range in its field’, and the team β€˜has an unwavering commitment to its clients, excellent knowledge and a no-nonsense approach’. The firm receives mandates from numerous major charities, advising on trust, probate and charity litigation along with contentious Court of Protection matters. Litigation partner Duncan Elson is β€˜a statesman of the field’ and β€˜can smooth over troubled disputes with a calm word’, and practice head Graeme Kleiner is β€˜known for handling complex international trust disputes, fighting for his clients with great tenacity while never losing sight of the pragmatics of trying to reach a commercial deal’. Cancer Research UK is a key client.

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