Charles Lloyd > Macfarlanes LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Macfarlanes LLP

Work Department

Litigation and dispute resolution


Charles specialises in private client disputes, particularly international trust and estates litigation.

Charles has been the head of Macfarlanes private client disputes group since 2001. Charles has particular expertise in international trusts and estate litigation for high-net-worth individuals.

He has a depth of experience in advising trustees, beneficiaries, protectors, executors, administrators in contentious situations arising out of disputes involving these structures. In particular, he advises on disputes relating to the succession of valuable family businesses held in complex structures, involving trusts, foundations, partnerships and other corporate entities, as well as cross-border estates. He has a depth of experience in Shari’a law succession disputes.

He also works increasingly at the point of intersection between traditional private client litigation, white collar criminal, regulatory investigations and fraud.


Called to the Bar 1988; qualified as a solicitor 1992; partner 2001


LSLA (London Solictors Litigation Association); ACTAPS (Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists).

Lawyer Rankings

London > Private client > Contentious trusts and probate

(Hall of Fame)

Charles LloydMacfarlanes LLP

Macfarlanes LLP‘s ‘strength is the depth of quality in its contentious trusts and probate team, from partner through to trainee’. Practice head Charles Lloyd ‘is an outstanding team leader who brings vast experience and insight’. It is a go-to firm for high-value and complex disputes for high-net-worth families and individuals, trustees and family offices on all areas of contentious work. It works closely with other practice areas in the firm such as its excellent private client tax and trusts practice through to its white-collar crime, tax litigation and corporate tax teams. It acts for institutions and individuals from around the world and has seen continued growth in disputes as a result of the mental capacity of wealth creators and office holders. It is also increasingly helping trustees who are drawn into the criminal investigations of settlors and beneficiaries. The team has ‘the complete package in terms of skill, judgement and tactical acumen’. Jonathan Arr, Jacob Ward and Elizabeth Doherty are other key names in the area.