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Tom Denham-Smith


Tom specialises in trust and estate disputes.



Tom acts for a broad range of clients, including trustees, executors and beneficiaries, in relation to a variety of trust and succession disputes.

Tom has particular expertise in complex trust disputes, including representative beneficiary work, and a growing specialism in landed estates, acting for both the custodians of and beneficiaries to inter-generational family wealth. Tom regularly works alongside the firm’s private client team to deal with contentious and non-contentious trust and succession matters both in England and in offshore jurisdictions. 

Tom is a member of the Agricultural Law Association.   


  • Advising on a wide ranging dispute between the trustees and beneficiaries of a landed estate involving assets in excess of £100m
  • Advising the beneficiary to a well-known landed estate in a long running dispute with his co-beneficiary
  • Acting for an executor in removal proceedings involving complex account claims
  • Acting for representative beneficiaries of a large employee share trust in Public Trustee v Cooper proceedings relating to the sale of a high-profile business

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