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Nathan Wells

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Profile: Overview

Nathan Wells has a broad Chancery practice, with a particular emphasis on wills, probate and estate administration, trusts, real property and related professional negligence. He has appeared as an advocate before all the major tribunals, including the House of Lords, and before numerous specialist tribunals. He also has a substantial advisory practice and regularly acts as counsel in mediations. He is ranked as a leading junior by both The Legal 500 and Chambers UK.


Experience and Expertise

Nathan was called to the Bar in 2000 and began his tenancy after spending six months as the Judicial Assistant to the President of the Family Division and the Vice-Chancellor. He had previously worked as a Research Assistant at the Law Commission (Property and Trust team) and had taught Land Law at Oxford.

He is happy to accept instructions in any Chancery matter, although he has a particular interest in and experience of cases involving wills, probate and estate administration, trusts, real property and related professional negligence. In addition, he has acted in a number of cases for local authorities (including several homelessness appeals and HMO prosecutions) and in general commercial matters.

In addition to the County Court, High Court, Court of Appeal and House of Lords, he has appeared before a wide range of tribunals, including the Privy Council, the Principal and District Probate Registries, the Adjudicator to HM Land Registry, the LVT/RPT, the Magistrates Court and the Crown Court. He has also been called to the Northern Irish Bar and has appeared before the Northern Irish High Court.

As well as court work, Nathan undertakes a large amount of advisory work and is happy to advise in writing, in conference and by telephone. He also appears regularly as counsel in mediations and a considerable amount of his private client work is successfully settled in mediation.

More specific details of Nathan's work are available via the links below:

Wills and Estates


Cases and Work of Note



Nathan is recommended for Property Litigation by The Legal 500 and Traditional Chancery by Chambers UK.

Recent editorial has included:



Nathan is a co-author (with Stephen Lloyd, Jill Gibson and Catherine Finely) of Tolley’s Practitioner’s Guide to Powers and Duties of Trustees.

He is also the current editor of the Trusts and Estates section of Butterworths Civil Court Precedents.



BA (Jurisprudence): Pembroke College Oxford.

LLM: St Catharine’s College Cambridge.



Chancery Bar Association; ACTAPS; Northern Ireland Bar.


Other Details

VAT Registration Number: 795693557

Bar Membership Number: 41616


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Nathan Wells
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