Leon Pickering > Ten Old Square > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Ten Old Square
Ten Old Square

Work Department

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


Barrister and accredited mediator with a busy practice covering a wide range of chancery and commercial work with a particular emphasis on traditional chancery. Leon has a strong private client practice including inheritance disputes, trust litigation, the Court of Protection and capital taxes. He is currently involved in a number of high profile cases and is representing His Exalted Highness the 8th Nizam of Hyderabad in the widely reported Pakistan v Natwest litigation. His cases include acting for the Official Solicitor in tax planning and other applications in the Court of Protection, representing charities in legacy disputes, the rescission of a settlement that had adverse tax consequences, a trust variation, rectification claims and numerous probate and 1975 Act claims. Leon also has a busy advisory and non-contentious practice and regularly gives seminars on all aspects of private client work.


Called 2010.

Reported cases: Pakistan v National Westminster Bank PLC (No. 1) [2015] EWHC 55 (Ch); (No. 2) [2016] EWHC 1465 (Ch); Dellal v Dellal and others [2015] EWHC 907 (Fam).

Co-author of Tolley’s Inheritance Tax Planning.
Lawskills: Who Can Challenge a Will?


Chancery Bar Association, Charity Law Association, Court of Protection Practitioners’ Association


BVC (Outstanding), GDL, MPhil (Distinction), Wadham College, Oxford, MA (First Class), Wadham College, Oxford

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Offshore

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Leon PickeringTen Old SquareA top-drawer junior who charms the court.

A ‘smaller excellent Chancery set‘, Ten Old Square‘s members have been active working with Channel Island firms in cases there. Eason Rajah QC and Leon Pickering continue to assist Cristiana Crociani in the Crociani litigation in Jersey, and on the other side of the water Rajah QC and James MacDougald assisted the new trustees in the Pilatus PTC v RBC Trustees case in Guernsey.

London Bar > Court of Protection and community care

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Leon PickeringTen Old SquareVery clever. Organised and smooth. Good advisor in conference and writing.