Simon Taube QC > Ten Old Square > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Ten Old Square

Work Department

Private Client: Trusts and Probate, Private Client: Personal Tax, Charities


Barrister specialising in Chancery work (both litigation and advisory work) with special expertise in the fields of trusts, estates and tax, professional negligence, partnership, charity, real property, Inheritance Act claims;


Qualified 1980, Middle Temple and Lincoln’s Inn; QC 2000.

Important cases include: Dawson-Damer v Taylor Wessing [2017] EWCA Civ 74, [2015] EWHC 2366: Data Protection Act and trusts; Davidson v Seelig [2016]: Protector’s powers and court’s trust jurisdiction; Crociani v Crociani and others [2014] UKPC 40: contentious breach of trust claim; Re Nina Wang [2014] HKCA: charitable trust and company law; The Warburg Institute [2014]; construction of trust deed; Re: The Law Society [2014]; Buzzoni v HMRC [2013] CA: HT and unjust enrichment; Labrouche v Frey [2012] CA: breach of trust, abuse of process; In the Matter of the A Trust [2012] Bermuda: trust jurisdiction clauses; A-G’s Poverty Reference [2011] public benefit in charity; Fattal v Walbrook [2010] trustee exoneration clause.


Chancery Bar Association; Revenue Bar Association; STEP.


Westminster School; Merton College, Oxford (1978 Modern History 1st); Diploma in Law.


Singing, tennis.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Charities

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Simon Taube QCTen Old SquareSimon has a powerful brain and great analytical skills.

London Bar > Offshore

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Simon Taube QCTen Old SquareVery good with clients and has the ability to provide both strategic and technical, fact specific advice at the same time.

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 1

Simon Taube QCTen Old SquareHe is an excellent advocate with a razor-sharp intellect. Able to put lay clients at ease and explain complex tax and trust issues in a way they can understand.

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.’