St John's Chambers is 'an excellent contentious trust and probate set' with 'a very strong Chancery team', housing 'members who rival London counsel in ability and experience'. Leslie Blohm QC heads up the Chancery practice and has established expertise in handling high-value, complex probate and trusts cases. Oliver Wooding recently appeared in a contentious probate case, where the validity of a will was challenged on the grounds of lack of testamentary capacity and undue influence. Charles Auld is well-versed in handling cases involving contentious probate, disputed wills and Inheritance Act claims.
Chancery, probate, and tax in Regional Bar
‘St John’s Chambers has an incredible depth of talent‘.
‘The pre-eminent Chancery set in the South West, with a good depth of barristers across a range of levels of experience‘.
‘St Johns Chambers’ Chancery, Probate and Tax practice is second to none. The barristers are exceptional‘.
‘Great strength in depth‘.
‘The clerks are very well organised and can always be relied on‘.
‘The Chancery clerks are easy to contact and reliable. Particular recognition to Paul Bennett and Simon Lyons, both of whom make contacting chambers seamless‘.
‘Paul Bennett, Simon Lyons and Rob Bocock are all exceptional clerks. They go above and beyond what is expected of them to meet our needs as a firm and offer a seamless, professional service‘.
‘The clerks are great, always courteous and responsive. Rob Bocock in particular manages his team well and is always accommodating. Paul Bennett is a safe pair of hands – very reliable‘.
‘Elizabeth Champion is prompt and well-organised. A pleasure to deal with‘.
Guildhall Chambers houses a group of 'strong regional specialists in Chancery work'. Key areas of instruction for the team include contentious wills, probate and trusts matters and Inheritance Act claims. At the junior end, Matthew Wales is 'a very sharp and formidable advocate', and garners praise as 'level headed, technically sound but very practical'. Michael Selway acted for the defendant in a case involving an application for the rectification of a will, which included an error relating to the identity of beneficiaries.
‘A solid, approachable set‘.
‘Efficient and responsive‘.
‘Stephen Arnold has a bright and breezy nature – a calm harbour for stressed out solicitors‘.
‘Stephen Arnold is responsive and helpful‘.