Francis Barlow KC > Ten Old Square > London, England > Lawyer Profile

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 > Private client: trusts and probate

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Francis Barlow KCTen Old SquareFrancis is an exceptionally thoughtful barrister who comes up with eloquent solutions to seemingly intractable problems.

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’.

The English Bar Offshore > The English Bar Offshore

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Francis Barlow KCTen Old Square