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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Cheltenham, Doha, Dubai, Geneva, Guildford, Hong Kong and 5 more

Graeme Kleiner

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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Contentious Trusts & Estates, Charities & Not-for-Profit, Private Wealth


Graeme heads the firm's Contentious Trusts & Estates team. He advises trustees, executors and beneficiaries in relation to a broad range of disputes. Graeme is recognised in the legal directories as a leader in contentious trust and estates matters. He 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. Graeme regularly works alongside his colleagues in the family and private client teams on complex multi-jurisdictional issues. He also has a growing practice in IFA disputes and handles fraud and professional negligence cases relating to trust, tax and succession matters.

Graeme is admitted to practise in England and Wales.

Experience highlights:

  • Advising beneficiaries in an offshore trust dispute involving assets in excess of $2bn
  • Advising trustees on 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  fields a ‘large team of extremely capable and able lawyers which has an extremely high standing in the market’. Key figures include Graeme Kleiner (‘master strategist and established figure in the world of international trust litigation'); the ‘calm, collected and clear-thinking’ Duncan Elson ‘masters the detail and cuts through the complexities of the case’ and the ‘very brightTamasin Perkins, who is ‘always on top of the detail of each case’. At senior associate level Jessica Stafford  is 'strong on domestic and international work with a wealth of offshore experience’, and Oliver Auld  is a ‘future high-flier; calm and unflappable, with an excellent manner with clients’. Highlights included acting for Alan Shearer CBE in relation to claims against his former financial adviser and former pension provider arising from investment losses valued at £9m. The executors of the estate of the late Christine Collins are other major clients. The department also acts on a large number of contentious probate disputes for Cancer Research UK and for a number of other nationally renowned charities. Roberta Harvey left in January 2019 to join Forsters LLP.

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