“Radcliffe Chambers is ‘very strong in private client generally, and is one of the leading chancery sets, with great strength in depth; the set always has someone available to help’.”
(Private Client: Trusts and Probate, The Legal 500 UK Bar 2019)

Our deep-rooted expertise in trusts is the cornerstone of both our private client and commercial chancery practices. Our barristers are sought after to appear in high stakes trusts litigation and advise on critical non-contentious trusts matters. A number of our team are recognised for their excellence in the Chambers UK Bar 2019 trusts rankings, an elite list of the most distinguished practitioners.

We have extensive experience in trusts litigation, both in the UK and offshore, including disputes relating to the validity and interpretation of trusts and claims for breach of trust, civil fraud and asset recovery. We often advise on and appear in cases relating to trusts created informally, such as where lawful transactions give rise to implied trusts, and where trusts arise from unlawful or unconscionable conduct.

 

Our non-contentious expertise includes the drafting of trust instruments, advice on questions concerning the scope and proper exercise of trustees’ powers, and applications to the court for the variation of trusts.

Some of our members have specialist expertise in technical areas such as strict settlements, entails, perpetuities, and heritage assets. We also advise on tax issues relating to the establishment, administration and termination of trusts.

We are regularly involved in international trusts matters and many of our barristers have undertaken secondments at law firms in offshore jurisdictions. Our offshore expertise encompasses all aspects of our contentious and non-contentious trusts expertise, as well as the PSC register and the transfer of trusts between jurisdictions.