Francis Barlow 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


Head of Chambers at Ten Old Square, Francis Barlow’s practice covers the full spectrum of Chancery matters, both contentious and non-contentious. As well as having particular expertise in drafting UK and offshore trusts and advising on their construction and effect and associated taxation issues, he has extensive experience in contested trust, probate and succession disputes.


Called 1965 Inner Temple; bencher, Lincoln’s Inn 1994; QC 2006; publications: consultant editor of Williams on Wills, a contributor to the first and second editions of Thomas and Hudson’s Law of Trusts, the third and fourth editions of International Succession (Garb and Wood) and to International Trust Disputes (Collins, Kempster, McMillan and Meek). He was a member of the “Group of Experts” appointed by the EU Commission to advise on proposals for the harmonisation of the laws of succession of Member States.

Shergill & Ors v Khaira & Ors [2017] EWHC 769 (Ch) Dispute over trusteeship of Sikh temple; Bathurst & Anor v Bathurst & Ors (Rev 1) [2016] EWHC 3033 (Ch) VTA application; V v T [2014] EWHC 3432 (Ch) settlement variation of trusts; Re Q Trust [2010] Bda LR 26, [2011] WTLR 735 (Sup Ct of Bermuda) (appeared as amicus curiae to argue that a trust was not invalid as an illusory trust); Kershaw v Micklethwaite [2010] WTLR 413 (removal of executors; jurisdiction); Re Z Trust [2009] CILR 593 (Grand Court of Cayman Islands) (trusts: jurisdiction to confer administrative powers); Wyndham v Egremont [2009] WTLR 1473 (variation of trusts; extension of trust period; capital gains tax); Breakspear v Ackland [2009] Ch 32 (settlement; disclosure of letter of wishes; exercise of dispositive powers; conflict of interest); Thomas & Agnes Carvel Foundation v Carvel [2008] Ch 395 (will: jurisdiction to remove executrix; devastavit); Sieff v Fox [2005] 1 WLR 3811 (rule in Hastings-Bass and mistake); Mitchell v Halliwell [2005] EWHC 937 (removal of executors; devastavit); Re DWS [2001] Ch 568. CA (murder, forfeiture and intestacy); Corbett v Newey [1998] Ch 57, CA (conditional wills); Re K [1985] Ch 85, CA (manslaughter, succession and relief from forfeiture).


French, Russian.


Chancery Bar Association; STEP; ACTAPS; Charity Law Association; Western Circuit. Associate member of Shortland Chambers, Auckland, New Zealand.


Dauntsey’s School; Christ Church, Oxford (MA 1966).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Offshore

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Francis Barlow QCTen Old SquareDemonstrates a thorough knowledge of the law, is accommodating with professional clients and has a good rapport with the court.

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

Francis Barlow QCTen Old SquareHe is immensely experienced in terms of VTAs (having been involved in many dozens of them) and in relation to trusts generally – clients feel they are in very safe hands.

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.’