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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

ONE LONDON SQUARE, CROSS LANES, GUILDFORD, SURREY, GU1 1UN, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01483 252525
Fax:
Fax 01483 252550
DX:
2436 GUILDFORD-1
Email:
Web:
www.charlesrussellspeechlys.com
Cheltenham, Doha, Dubai, Geneva, Guildford, Hong Kong and 5 more

Duncan Elson

Tel:
Work 01483 252579
Email:
Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Work Department

Charities and not-for-profit, business disputes, family; commercial dispute resolution, contentious trusts and estates, litigation and dispute resolution, private client.

Position

Duncan is the head of the litigation and dispute resolution group and the specialist contentious trusts and estates group. He is also head of the Guildford office. He has over 30 years of practice covering a wide range of High Court litigation, mediation and alternative dispute resolution. His client base ranges from private individuals to charitable and corporate entities. These days the bulk of his work is involved in trust and estates (both contentious and as a professional trustee/executor and also as a court-appointed administrator and deputy) and family business restructuring and related shareholder issues. He also deals with contentious pension matters and professional negligence.


London: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate

Within: Leading individuals

Duncan Elson - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Within: Contentious trusts and probate

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP has been involved in some of the largest and most high-profile cases domestically and offshore including a heavily contested hearing overseas and a privately heard matter for a very well-known person in the English Court of Protection. It has also been involved in the recently published decision of Cowan v Foreman. There is a particular focus on attracting complex high-value cross-border disputes work often involving multiple jurisdictions. Graeme Kleiner heads the team and advises trustees, executors and beneficiaries on a broad range of disputes. In addition Kleiner has a growing practice in IFA disputes and also handles fraud and professional negligence cases relating to trust, tax and succession matters. Other key team members include Duncan Elson, Tamasin Perkins, Aimee West, Oliver Auld and Jessica Stafford.

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South East: Insurance

Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence

The lawyers in Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's largely claimant-based practice frequently litigate claims against city-based insurers and within the accountancy and financial services sector. Stephen Burns and David Savage are crucial figures in the team and have recently acted for Icon 1992 in a dispute against an insurance broker pertaining to the recovery of sums. Duncan Elson is another name to note, and has vast expertise in trust and estate-based litigation.

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South East: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit

Within: Charities and not-for-profit

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP advises charitable trusts, charitable incorporated organisations, royal charter companies and community benefit societies on all areas of commercial, employment and real estate matters. The firm has significant experience advising military, religious and educational charities as well acting for individuals on all aspects of charitable giving and philanthropic activities. Guildford- based Duncan Elson is the main contact.

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Contentious trusts and probate

Within: Leading individuals

Duncan Elson - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Within: Contentious trusts and probate

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP has a strong profile among high net worth individuals. It also handles contentious trusts and probate matters for several not-for-profit organisations; recent work included defending clients against a number of Inheritance Act claims, representing charities in trust disputes, and also acting in a rectification claim and a proprietary estoppel claim. Elsewhere, the group deals with matters involving offshore trust jurisdictions, such as Guernsey, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. Duncan Elson heads up the team, which includes Samantha Ewing, who is recommended for complex will validity claims and multifaceted Inheritance Act claims.

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