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

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

(2021 Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Alexander Learmonth KCNew Square Chambers

London Bar > Private client: trusts and probate

(2021 Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Alexander Learmonth KCNew Square ChambersAlexander has clear thinking, is proactive and has great advocacy and cross-examination skills.

London Bar > Agriculture

(2021 Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Alexander Learmonth KCNew Square Chambers