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Francis Barlow QC

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Ten Old Square (Ten Old Square)

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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).

London Bar

Private client: trusts and probate

Within: Private client: trusts and probate – Leading silks

Francis Barlow QC - Ten Old SquareVastly experienced and is the first port of call for advice on trust issues of particular complexity.

Within: Private client: trusts and probate

Ten Old Square is ‘extremely strong and provides a first-rate service’. Its members are ‘highly skilled at trust variation applications in particular’. As an example, in Bathurst v Bathurst, Francis Barlow QC acted in the successful application for the approval of an arrangement varying the trusts of a large landed settlement.

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