Wills & Trusts

Pragmatic, expert guidance

The members of our specialist team are widely recognised as leaders in this field, offering strength in depth and a truly bespoke approach for clients facing difficulties of any kind concerning an estate or a trust, whether in this country or offshore.

 
A seamless service

Our best work is confidential, as we resolve the vast majority of our cases without the expense or risk of a court hearing. 

In cases where this has not been possible, we have a proven track record and are at the cutting edge of the developing law.  Examples of cases we have handled include:

Ilott v Blue Cross & Ors

The Supreme Court's first ever ruling on claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, where we acted for the successful appellant charities.

King v Dubrey

The leading case on gifts made in contemplation of death (donations mortis causa) where we acted for the successful appellants.

Rubin v Eurofinance

The Supreme Court's leading decision on the common law rules regarding enforcement of foreign bankruptcy orders.  We acted for the successful intervener.

RNLI v Headley

Provides clear guidance on the requirement for trustees to provide accounts to beneficiaries, where we acted for the successful applicants.

Kell v Jones

Provides clear guidance on when a solicitor's mistake in drafting a will can be fixed by rectification, and when the solicitor must pay damages to remedy the problem.  We acted for the successful defendants.

Working for individuals, professionals and charities, we liaise closely with our colleagues in our Tax & Trusts, Landed & Historic Estates and Probate teams to provide a complete and seamless service.