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Contentious Trust & Estates

As private wealth becomes more global and family dynamics more complex, disputes will inevitably arise.

These can be challenging for the individuals involved and for their trustees and fiduciaries. We are there with our clients throughout the litigation process. We take a bespoke approach to each case, offering practical commercial advice and building strong relationships based on trust and respect.

The team and individual lawyers within the team are acknowledged by independent directories as market leaders. We often work alongside our colleagues in the firm’s renowned private client and family teams.

The team acts for trustees (both individuals and trust companies), for beneficiaries and for charities. We also have particular experience acting for other fiduciaries such as executors, protectors, attorneys and deputies. Due to its depth of expertise members of the team are also frequently appointed to act in positions of responsibility such as independent administrators, litigation friends and appointed deputies.

We cover a full range of complex private trust and estate disputes including hostile litigation, administration actions and trust issues on divorce. Our work regularly requires us to advise on the recovery of assets, injunction and enforcement proceedings in commercial and fraud cases involving trusts, foundations, and corporate structures. Finally, we are one of the country’s leading practices dealing with contentious Court of Protection proceedings relating to unauthorised gifts and capacity issues.

A large proportion of our work is offshore and international, ranging from multi-jurisdictional trust disputes to probate disputes for individuals with assets in multiple jurisdictions. We have a wealth of experience in most offshore jurisdictions, as well as in litigation across the globe. We work closely with lawyers internationally, advising on the UK litigation aspects and co-ordinating global litigation.

All members of our team are experienced in dealing with alternative dispute resolution to try to resolve disputes. Mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution forms a significant part of our day to day practice.

Meet The Team



Duncan Elson

Partner

Guildford

Email Duncan

+44 (0)1483 252579

Roberta Harvey

Partner

London

Email Roberta

+44 (0)20 7203 8892

Graeme Kleiner

Partner

London

Email Graeme

+44 (0)20 7427 6674

James Lister

Senior Associate

Guildford

Email James

+44 (0)1483 252579

Oliver Auld

Associate

London

Email Oliver

+44 (0)20 7427 6655

Rebecca Piper

Associate

Guildford

Email Rebecca

+44 (0)1483 252579

Katelyn Silver

Associate

Guildford

Email Katelyn

+44 (0)1483 252579

Aimee West

Senior Associate

London

Email Aimee

+44 (0)20 7203 5397