Eason Rajah QC > Ten Old Square > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Ten Old Square
Ten Old Square
LINCOLN'S INN
LONDON
WC2A 3SU
England

Work Department

Private Client: Trusts & Probate; Private Client: Personal Tax, Court of Protection

Position

Chancery litigation and advisory work in the UK and offshore, including domestic, off shore and cross-border trusts and will disputes, disputes relating to offshore trust and structures in matrimonial proceedings, related tax and professional negligence issues, the drafting, structuring and advising in relations to trusts, succession planning and tax and related areas, court of protection: property and affairs.

Career

Called to the Bar 1989; Silk 2011; Recorder 2016; Chair of the Chancery Bar Association 2018-2020; Deputy High Court Judge 2020. Called to the Malaysian Bar 1991.

He is an Editor of Mellows Taxation of Executors and Trustees, an Editor of the Court of Protection Law Reports and is the Consultant Editor of Ranking Spicer Pegler, Executorship Law, Trusts and Accounts.He was Legal 500’s Private Client: Trusts and Probate Silk of the Year 2018’.

Recent cases include: Hinduja v Hinduja [2020] EWHC 1533 (part of an ongoing dispute relating to the business and affairs of the Hinduja family); Re Z [2019] EWCOP 55 (contested CoP proceedings relating to a well known businessman); Pakistan v Nat West (No.3)  [2019] EWHC 2551 (Ch) (acting successfully for His Exalted Highness the 8th Nizam of Hyderabad in a claim to establish that funds held in a bank account in the name of Pakistan since Indian independence were held on trust for the 7th Nizam); Crociani v Crociani [2017] JRC 146, [2018] JCA 136 (successful breach of trust claim for over USD100m); High Commissioner of Pakistan v Nat West Bank (No.2) [2016] EWHC 1465 (Ch) High Commissioner of Pakistan v Nat West Bank (No.1) [2015] EWHC 55 (Ch),; Crociani v Crociani and others [2014] UKPC 40 (the landmark case on jurisdiction clauses in trusts); Scarfe v Matthews [2012] WTLR 1579 (doctrine of election – estate of Bernard Matthews); Re the Valetta Trust [2011] JRC 227(the validity of third party litigation funding arrangements for trust litigation in Jersey)

Languages

Malay.

Memberships

Chancery Bar Association; Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists; Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, Bar Pro Bono Unit.

Education

Epsom College; University of Nottingham (1988 LLB Hons).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Court of Protection and community care

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Eason Rajah QCTen Old SquareEason possesses exceptional knowledge and strategic skills. An inspiring advocate.

London Bar > Offshore

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Eason Rajah QCTen Old SquareA stalwart of the trust litigation world where he brings quiet but measured strengths to a advocacy team with genuine skilled strategic insights coupled with excellent client skills.

Very strong at all levels in the contentious trusts and probate areas‘, Ten Old Square‘s members focus their offshore work on private client, trusts and partnerships. A team of Simon Taube QCEason Rajah QC and James MacDougald have been acting for the latter party in Dawson-Damer v Grampian Trustee Company in the Bahamian courts, a case which has in the past featured issues about trustees’ duties of confidentiality meshing with data protection law. Head of chambers Francis Barlow QC has particular expertise in drafting Offshore trusts.

London Bar > Private client: trusts and probate

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Eason Rajah QCTen Old SquareA superb advocate for his clients in all respects. A brilliant client handler, a genuinely creative problem solver and fine courtroom operator. Rightly singled out at the start of big trusts and estates cases as a barrister you want to have on your side, and not on the other.

The ‘vastly wise and experienced’ Francis Barlow QC at Ten Old Square is advising on four concurrent applications under the Variation of Trusts Act 1958 for the variation of a number of settlements worth over a billion pounds. In another key matter the ‘very knowledgeable and user-friendly’ Simon Taube QC was instructed by Taylor Wessing in the Dawson-Damer v Taylor Wessing case, which went to the Court of Appeal on a point concerning subject access requests for data which under common law is covered by trustees’ duties of confidentiality. Also at silk level Eason Rajah QC  is an ‘extremely polished advocate.’