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Ten Old Square
Ten Old Square

Work Department

Private Client: Trusts and Probate


Sidney Ross was called to the Bar in 1983 at the age of 51, after a career of 24 years lecturing in Chemistry in the University of London. His practice is entirely in the field of trusts and estates, with particular emphasis on claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975. The current edition of his textbook on that subject is published by Sweet & Maxwell in the Trusts, Wills and Probate Library series and he is a frequent contributor of articles on family provision and will construction to legal journals.


Called 1983;


  • Inheritance Act Claims (Sweet & Maxwell): 1st edition, (1993); 2nd edition, (2000), practitioner series edition, (2005); 3rd edition (2011). A fourth edition is scheduled for publication, autumn 2017.
  • The superannuated concept-Domicile as a barrier to family provision claims: Trust Quarterly Review 11(3) (2013) 27-46.
  • Ilott v Mitson-incremental development or revolutionary departure?:  Trust Quarterly Review 9(4) (2011) 12-19.
  • Inheritance Act Claims by Dependants: Family Law 40, (2010) 490-499.
  • 1975 Act claims by surviving spouses-the impact of Miller and Charman:  Trust Quarterly Review 5(4) (2007) 35-46.
  • Forfeiture clauses in wills:  Trust Quarterly Review 1(1) (2003), 7-17.
  • Personal representatives and claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975; TACT review (Quarterly Review of the Association of Corporate Trustees) (2002), issue 20, p.8.
  • The implications of White v White for Inheritance Act claims, Part I [2001] Family Law 547; Part II, [2001] Family Law 619.
  • 17 other articles in Family Law Journal, Family Law Week, Resolution, Elderly Client Adviser and Trusts and Estates Law Journal.

Reported cases:
Kloosman v Aylen [2013] W.T.L.R 673: The rule against double portions.

Joshi v Mahida [2013] W.T.L.R 859: Rectification of a will.
Singer v Isaac [2001] W.T.L.R. 1045: 1975 Act claim by surviving spouse.
Gold v Hill [1999] 1 F.L.R. 42: Secret trusts.


British Academy of Forensic Science (Fellow)
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Fellow)
Chancery Bar Association
Institute of Family Law Arbitrators
Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners


  • BA, Open University (2010)
  • LLB, University of London (1982)
  • MSc University of London (1966)
  • PhD, University of London (1958)
  • BSc, University of London (1955)


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