Alexander Learmonth > New Square Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

New Square Chambers
New Square Chambers
12 NEW SQUARE, LINCOLN'S INN
LONDON
WC2A 3SW
England

Position

Specialises in succession – contentious probate, will construction, estate administration disputes, and Inheritance Act claims, variation of wills, inheritance tax – as well as other private client matters such as trusts and Court of Protection work. Also practices in property litigation: constructive trusts and proprietary estoppel, adverse possession, easements and rights of way, mortgages, boundary disputes, commercial and residential landlord and tenant (including enfranchisement and renewals), land registration, nuisance, trespass and undue influence. Considerable experience in professional negligence in related areas. Recent High Court cases (judgments imminent) Crabbe v Townsend (administration of estates, contract) and Huddleston v Thomason (undue influence, capacity); Other important cases include: Marley v Rawlings [2014] UKSC 2 and [2014] UKSC 51, [2012] EWCA Civ 61, [2011] EWHC 161 (Ch); Ashkettle v Gwinnett [2013] EWHC 2125; Kell v Jones [2013] WTLR 507; Bradbury v Taylor [2012] EWCA Civ 1208; Jones v Onyut [2012] EWCA Civ 1816; Swain-Mason v Mills & Reeve [2012] EWCA Civ 498, [2011] EWCA Civ 14.

Career

Qualified 2000; Lincoln’s Inn. Publications of note: editor ‘Theobald on Wills’ (18th, 2016); contributor ‘Williams, Mortimer & Sunnucks on Executors, Administrators and Probate’ (20th ed and supplement) and ‘Probate Practitioners Handbook’ (6th ed). Public access trained.

Memberships

STEP; ACTAPS; Chancery Bar Association Committee; Barrister’s Benevolent Association Committee.

Education

New College, Oxford (1999 BA jurisprudence, college exhibitioner).

Leisure

Singing in choirs and as soloist and in operas; cycling.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Property litigation

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 4

Alexander LearmonthNew Square ChambersAn excellent property junior. Comfortable arguing in writing or on his feet. A team player and especially good at property disputes in the context of trusts.

New Square Chambers is a set with ‘renowned expertise in public rights of way, village greens, administrative and public law’ and is equally well-regarded for its handling of real property and landlord and tenant disputes. George Laurence QC is ‘a leading authority on the law relating to public rights of way and open spaces‘. In a recent highlight, Alexander Learmonth was instructed for Price v Saundry, a Court of Appeal case in which he represented the beneficiary of a dozen rental properties in forcing the trustee to account for and sell the portfolio; the matter was gained further significance via the discovery of various irregularities and illegal payments.

London Bar > Agriculture

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Alexander LearmonthNew Square ChambersAn industrious and persuasive trial advocate both orally and in writing.

London Bar > Private client: trusts and probate

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 1

Alexander LearmonthNew Square ChambersHas a wealth of expertise in the field of contentious trusts and probate and is able to deliver technical advice in a concise and clear manner – his style of advocacy is measured and cogent.