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Leading Silks

Leslie Blohm QC - St John's ChambersExtrremely authoritative, commanding respect from all parties, but with a deft touch that clients appreciate.
Hugh Sims QC - Guildhall ChambersCombines excellent analytical skills, and unwavering determination to complete the task in hand.

Leading Juniors

Charles Auld - St John's ChambersA formidable advocate at court who is always aware of the commercial realities of a case.
Amy Berry - Pump Court ChambersA persuasive and very approachable lawyer with an excellent depth of knowledge concerning probate and inheritance.
John Dickinson  -St John's ChambersHas great attention to detail and gives clear, pragmatic advice.
Mark Dubbery - Pump Court ChambersKnowledgeable and articulate. He has an avuncular manner which judges find persuading.
Natasha Dzameh - St John's ChambersHer strong legal analysis and keen eye for detail allow her to offer concise and pragmatic advice.
Christopher Jones - St John's ChambersA quick thinker who is both very good on his feet and with clients.
Charlie Newington-Bridges - St John's ChambersA clear thinking, positive and precise barrister whose advice is accessible and practical.
Ewan Paton - Guildhall Chambers 'Thorough research, considered advice, good after-sales follow up, good with clients and good advocate with Court of Appeal successes behind him. Very good both in writing and in conference. His academic background shows through in his clear analysis and explanation of points.'
Alex Troup - St John's ChambersCombines very good technical knowledge on contentious probate matters and excellent client skills with persuasive and authoritative advocacy.

Matthew Wales - Guildhall Chambers 'Matthew is a great case closer. Sometimes there are some cases that can go on and on no matter what you try to do in correspondence or pleadings because of the other party being stubborn. However once you get them to the table – they get a little taster of what they may experience in court from Matthew that is usually enough for the party to be willing to reach a deal.'

Malcolm Warner - Guildhall ChambersMethodical, rigorous, and proactive, in addition to working very well with solicitors.
Andrew Willetts - KBG ChambersProvides incisive and pragmatic advice with a steadfast and unfaltering ability to understand the issues and intricacies of the matter.
Tahina Akther - College ChambersA strong drafter, with good knowledge of procedure, and recommended advocacy skills.
Adam Boyle - St John's ChambersVery approachable and good to work with, and provides sound advice that leaves no stone unturned.
Carol Davies - College ChambersAn excellent advocate.
Cheryl Jones - 3PBHer legal knowledge and approachable style allow her to provide excellent service, particularly to direct access clients.
Derek Marshall - College ChambersVery experienced in Inheritance Act claims.
Oliver Mitchell - Guildhall ChambersAn approachable barrister who provides thorough and detailed advice.
Julian Reed - Pump Court ChambersAbility to stay calm under pressure and to absorb detail quickly.
Michael Selway - Guildhall ChambersHis calm demeanour belies his strong intellect and dogged tenacity.
Robert Trevis - Queen Square ChambersEngages well with clients and is innovative in his approach to unusual cases.
Oliver Wooding - St John's ChambersClear and concise with his advice and drafting, with an imaginative yet practical approach to cases.

Rising Stars

Joss Knight - St John's ChambersA strong advocate who gets to the heart of a problem and provides sound, clear advice.
Brittany Pearce - Guildhall ChambersEffective advocate. Excellent in dealing with client and in taking part in mediation and without prejudice meetings and discussions.

Chancery, probate, and tax in Regional Bar

3PB

Cheryl Jones at 3PB remains active in Chancery work, with a particular focus on wills, trusts, and probate matters, with recent instructions concerning the removal of executors, and contested letters of administration, as well as time-sensitive matters such as urgent freezing injunctions against estate administrators.

KBG Chambers

KBG ChambersAndrew Willetts is praised by instructing solicitors and clients for his 'intellectual gravitas, excellent client-facing skills, and considered approach'. Willetts specialises in wills trusts and probate cases, with a particularly strong track record advising trustees and executors.

Queen Square Chambers

Queen Square ChambersRobert Trevis has a growing Chancery practice which encompasses contentious probate and trusts, and receives praise from clients for his 'excellent case law research and willingness to undertake direct access work.'

St John's Chambers

St John's Chambers houses one of the premier Chancery teams on the western circuit, with a collection of 'expert, approachable, and down to earth' barristers who 'offer London expertise at regional rates'. At the top end of the team, Leslie Blohm QC is involved in some of the most complex and high-value trusts and probate matters in the region, such as Sofer v Swiss Independent Trustees Ltd., in which he led Alex Troup on behalf of a beneficiary in a £9m claim for breach of trust. Other notable members of the team include Charles Auld, whose recent work has included contentious probate and charitable trusts, and Natasha Dzameh, who is recommended for multi-claim and multi-party estates matters. At the junior end, Joss Knight is emerging as one to watch in this space, with a strong track record in matters concerning the removal of executors.

Guildhall Chambers

Guildhall Chambers is home to several strong Chancery practitioners with experience in 1975 Inheritance Act claims, trust disputes, and actions against administrators. Hugh Sims QC is a strong presence at the senior end, with recent work including Promontoria (Oak) Limited v Emanuel & Emanuel, which dealt with the validity of a redacted deed of assignment as secondary evidence when the primary document still existed but was not entered. Other notable figures within the team include Ewan Paton , Matthew Wales , Oliver Mitchell, Michael Selway, and Malcolm Warner, whose recent work includes two connected Inheritance Act claims wherein a claimant obtained a judgment in her favour but died before an order was made, resulting in a subsequent claim by the original claimant's son.

College Chambers

College Chambers is home to a strong Chancery team which deals with a variety of matters, but is particularly strong on probate, wills, and administration matters. Carol Davies is particularly experienced in such matters, with recent work dealing with the validity of wills, the severing of joint tenancies shortly before death, and multi-jurisdictional matters. Tahina Akther is also recommended, for both contentious and advisory work, and recently advised on a £9m estate with substantial transatlantic assets and the involvement of American trust structures. Derek Marshall offers a different angle to the team, with a substantial practice as both a mediator and arbitrator.

Pump Court Chambers

Pump Court Chambers houses Amy Berry, a Chancery specialist with particular experience in relation to protected parties who are the beneficiaries of estates and trusts. Mark Dubbery and Julian Reed are also worthy of note for Chancery instructions.