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

Ten Old Square
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 SquareIs very experienced and incisive and looks ahead as to what is likely to happen later in a case.

London Bar > Private client: trusts and probate

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Simon Taube QCTen Old SquareIs helpful, authoritative, logical, measured and commercial. He is attentive with clients and solicitors and directional (as opposed to abstract) in his advice.

Ten Old Square is a ‘smaller excellent set’ that is often described as a ‘go-to chambers for trust and general private client work. The barristers give rounded and practical advice and are very user friendly’ and are ‘extremely responsive.’ Simon Taube QC acted for the estate in a claim by an equitable tenant in common for the partition of approximately 250 acres of trust land on Teeside. The case is particularly complex as it raises interesting issues about the valuation of land with hope value, residential values, and on Red Book definitions of market value. The ‘reliable and perceptive‘ James MacDougald climbs this year’s junior rankings, while the ‘pragmatic‘ James Poole is recognised as a rising star of the Bar.

London Bar > Offshore

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Simon Taube QCTen Old SquareHe has a calm and measured demeanour, coupled with technically brilliant advocacy.