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

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 > Private client: trusts and probate

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Eason Rajah KCTen Old Square ‘Eason is an extremely bright silk. He is an incredible support, and his ability to get on top of the detail is immensely impressive. He is incredibly sharp and has the fantastic ability to relay complicated aspects, creating a very powerful impact on the listener. His advocacy skills are utterly superb.’

Ten Old Square is an ‘excellent set for trust disputes’, with a ‘strong bench of highly rated and capable barristers, from silks to juniors’. Francis Barlow KC is a ‘very thoughtful and experienced’ barrister who advises and represents clients in the full spectrum of contentious and non- contentious Chancery matters. Simon Taube KC is well known for his ‘clear and strategically astute advice’ and recently handled Re Tchenguiz Discretionary Trust:Fort & Balchin v ITGL, a matter before a seven person panel of the Privy Council involving questions of insolvent trusts. Eason Rajah KC has ‘exceptional grasp of the law’ and is currently handling Dawson-Damer v Grampian Trust Company, a high-value and long running breach of trust claim in the Bahamas. Leading junior Georgia Bedworth is praised for her ‘meticulous attention to detail’, while rising star James Poole is recommended for his ‘clear and concise advice that is easy for clients to understand’.

London Bar > Court of Protection and community care

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Eason Rajah KCTen Old SquareEason is exceptionally clever, commercially and emotionally astute and has the oversight and ability to make extremely difficult judgement calls when the chips are down. He is supportive of his junior barristers and instructing solicitors and instils confidence in everyone on the team.

The English Bar Offshore > The English Bar Offshore

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

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