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Parklane Plowden

Chancery

7 ranked barristersBand 1North Eastern (Bar)UK Bar 2021 View ranking table
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Parklane Plowden is held in high regard as a "high-quality chambers" for its chancery offering. Areas of particular strength for the set include cases involving contentious and non-contentious trust and probate matters, as well as partnership, tax and company disputes.

Client service:

"The clerks are incredibly helpful and easy to deal with." "Stephen Render, senior chancery and commercial clerk, is a fantastic clerk. He is very good at communicating and getting jobs done. If the barrister you need is not available, he's good at finding a suitable replacement. Junior clerk Clare Shephard is also extremely helpful, easy to talk to and always at the end of the phone to help."

Strengths:

Anna Metcalfe
Has particular expertise in trust and probate litigation, including Inheritance Act claims, Part 64 applications and will challenges. She also represents clients involved in Court of Protection proceedings and handles property disputes.
"She tailors her advice specifically to the client and in conference explains situations to them in an easily understandable manner." "She is very thorough."
Recent work: Appeared in an application to appoint beneficiaries as trustees after the personal representatives of a sole remaining trustee died without appointing new trustees of a life interest will trust.

Strengths:

Cait Sweeney
Rising star who has a growing chancery practice. She is regularly instructed in contentious probate matters and Inheritance Act claims.
"She is intelligent, forward-thinking and collegiate with other members of the team." "She provides clear and simple advice. I can call her up and have a chat and bounce ideas around."
Recent work: Acted in a claim where the applicant sought a declaration that she was entitled to be registered as proprietor of a piece of land registered to the respondents, pursuant to the doctrine of adverse possession.

Strengths:

Marisa Lloyd
Particularly noted for her work on contentious wills, trusts and probate matters. She is also experienced in property disputes.
"Her cross-examination skills are phenomenal. She is very analytical and incisive. Her technical knowledge is really good, but she presents it to the clients in a really straightforward and down-to-earth manner." "She is wonderfully intelligent, approachable and proactive."
Recent work: Acted in an application by a trustee in bankruptcy to set aside a declaration of trust in relation to a property after he was declared bankrupt.

Strengths:

Nicola Phillipson
Carries out a range of chancery work, with a particular expertise in probate matters and Inheritance Act claims. Phillipson also assists clients with matters relating to wills, estate administration and capacity issues.
"She is very easy to talk to and she is very technical but in a layperson kind of way - she makes things quite straightforward for clients." "Her rapport with clients is exceptional."

Strengths:

Sarah Harrison
Highly regarded chancery practitioner with a strong reputation in the North Eastern Bar. She focuses on contentious probate and disputed trust cases. She also has experience working on professional negligence claims, Court of Protection applications and tax matters.
"She handles cases fantastically." "She has a massive amount of knowledge, nothing fazes her and there are no points that she hasn't seen before."
Recent work: Acted in an Inheritance Act claim by a spouse against a multimillion-pound estate. The case involved challenging tax issues and questions of Shari'a.

Strengths:

Sean Kelly
Experienced barrister recognised for his broad-based expertise in chancery and commercial matters. He advises on partnership disputes, professional negligence and insolvency cases. Kelly also handles non-contentious work and advises on transactional matters touching upon partnership and company law.
"Sean is very pleasant and very able." "He has great response times."
Recent work: Acted in a claim by a company trading as solicitors to recover money misappropriated by its former directors.

Strengths:

Stuart Roberts
Has a wide-ranging chancery practice which encompasses both traditional and commercial law. He is often instructed in contentious probate matters.
"He provides strong and sensible advice that's very commercially aware."
Recent work: Represented the claimant seeking an award from the estate of her partner of 30 years who died leaving his entire estate worth over £1 million to his daughter.

Chancery Department

Parklane Plowden

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Department location

19 Westgate

Leeds

West Yorkshire

UK

LS1 2RD

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Juniors

North Eastern (Bar)

Chancery


Anna Metcalfe
Band 2
Cait Sweeney
Up and Coming
Marisa Lloyd
Band 3
Nicola Phillipson
Band 2
Sarah Harrison
Band 1
Sean Kelly
Band 3