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Wilberforce Chambers is a highly respected traditional chancery set. Its broad array of silks and juniors are instructed on a diverse range of matters, including trusts, pensions and disputed wills. The barristers are noted for their strength in offshore matters. "Counsel there are reliable, with a real star quality," says one source, adding: "There is a fantastic choice at silk level." Another enthuses: "They are the first people I pick up the phone to, with a vast array of people you can call in on short notice, many of whom are specialists in the area."
Client service: "Easy to deal with and always helpful. They are very accessible." "The service is outstanding and the clerks are responsive and helpful." The practice director is Nicholas Luckman, and the head practice manager is Mark Rushton.
Enjoys a commanding reputation in the field of traditional chancery. He is regularly sought after for high-value matters domestically, offshore and in cross-border situations.
Strengths: "Forceful and clear in his advice." "A force in the field." "He has a great analytical brain and is excellent in court."
Recent work: Acted in a multimillion-pound recovery action in which an estate sought to potentially recoup very large sums that a deceased had given away to family members during her lifetime.
Andrew Mold QC
Has a wide-ranging traditional chancery practice. Sources highlight his particular expertise in matters with some matrimonial trust aspect. He also advises on complex fraud and pensions matters.
Strengths: "He has a fantastic academic pedigree and is very clear in his oral and written advice. There is a complete logical clarity to his thinking; he makes it easy for lay clients." "He works extremely hard and is all over the detail of the matter."
Recent work: Successfully acted for an investment manager in resisting an application to wind up an investment fund in proceedings in the Cayman Islands.
Brian Green QC
A respected silk whose depth of experience in both contentious and non-contentious matters is widely recognised. He works on a range of challenging cases both domestically and offshore.
Strengths: "Absolutely outstanding." "Really pre-eminent." "A private client oracle – a real authority."
Recent work: Acted for Barnardo’s in the Supreme Court on the principles of construction to be applied to a UK occupational pension scheme with provisions drafted in a particular Inland Revenue approved context.
Clare Stanley QC
Acts in a wide range of private client and trust litigation, regularly handling highly complex disputes. She is frequently instructed in high-value matters both onshore and offshore.
Strengths: "She has a mastery of trusts disputes. She is very straightforward to deal with and very pragmatic, with a ‘no panic’ approach. She’s an excellent advocate, and is extremely thorough and well prepared." "She’s very solid and very sound. She gives a firm view and sticks to it."
Recent work: Acted for the parents and sisters of an individual who brought a proprietary estoppel and constructive trust claim alleging that he had worked on the family farm in reliance on promises from his father that the farm would belong to him.
Well-known junior with a highly respected traditional chancery practice, encompassing both advisory and contentious trusts matters and estate planning. She is noted for her capability with extremely detailed or complex cases.
Strengths: "Really, really bright."
Fenner Moeran QC
Particularly focused on pensions and associated trusts, although he is also regularly instructed on other contentious trusts. He has a substantial advisory practice both onshore and offshore.
Strengths: "He’s incredibly quick-thinking, and very straight-talking. He establishes a good rapport with clients and can explain things to them in understandable terms." "He is passionate and enthusiastic. If you want someone who will fight and give it everything, he’s your man."
Gilead Cooper QC
An eminent silk whose respected chancery practice is focused on contentious property and trusts. He attracts a wealth of praise for his advocacy.
Strengths: "An extremely sage advocate; he is always very considered in his approach." "He has an enormous amount of experience in chancery trial advocacy." "He is exceptionally bright. He is regularly instructed on the more complex claims in this area."
Recent work: Instructed in a claim brought in the Jersey Royal Court by a Kenyan company against the trustees of a Jersey trust. The allegation is that the purpose of the trust was to siphon assets out of a company, and that the trustees are liable for knowing assistance in a breach of trust committed over several decades by the former directors of the company.
Jonathan Davey QC
Frequently sought after for high-value and high-profile traditional chancery matters. He is noted for his expertise in charities and pensions matters, and for handling highly complex tax litigation.
Strengths: "He's responsive, thoughtful, and open-minded. He listens to the client and the solicitor and is very collaborative in his approach."
Recent work: Instructed in a test case regarding the inheritance tax provisions relating to 'gifts with reservation' in relation to family homes. The case concerned the late Lady Hood's arrangement with her son for a home in Chelsea.
Jonathan Hilliard QC
"Extremely bright" silk who has a broad traditional chancery practice, including a wide array of trusts matters and a substantial amount of advisory work. He is widely respected for his depth of technical knowledge.
Strengths: "He has a ferocious work ethic, an incredible attention to detail and a creative sense." "He makes complicated things sound simple and easy to follow."
Recent work: Acted successfully before the Bermuda Court in a contested trust claim for authority for a company to enter into an investment.
Advises on a range of trusts work on both the contentious and non-contentious sides, and is instructed both onshore and offshore. She is also noted for her considerable experience of alternative methods of dispute resolution.
Strengths: "She has a huge wealth of experience to draw on and she applies that in a very pragmatic way. She's very calm under pressure."
Michael Furness QC
A deeply respected silk who is the head of chambers at Wilberforce. He has an impressive depth of knowledge across the board in traditional chancery, and is highly respected for his offshore and overseas litigation.
Strengths: "He’s very to work with and, for a senior QC, he’s very accessible. He is personable and responsive, happy to muck in and get stuff done. He’s also very thorough, and has an encyclopedic knowledge of trust law." "Clear and authoritative."
Robert Ham QC
Focuses his practice on trusts and other private client work, including tax matters, both contentious and non-contentious. He is regularly instructed in cases which go to the Supreme Court.
Strengths: "A leading authority for years; he is very forceful and persuasive without overstepping the mark." "He has a great aura and presence about him whatever he does."
Recent work: Instructed in a Court of Appeal case concerning a registered charity, which sought approval of a grant of USD360 million to a new charity established by one of its trustees.
Tiffany Scott QC
Recent silk who has a depth of experience in both contentious and non-contentious trusts matters, and is frequently instructed by charities, high net worth individuals and estates. She is also noted for her offshore work.
Strengths: "She’s extremely diligent, with a good strategic focus. She comes from a broad practice background, so she’s comfortable with all different types of matters and robust in court." "She is confident and inspires confidence, respectful and inspires respect."
Recent work: Instructed in a claim by a cohabitee seeking reasonable financial provision from the estate of her deceased partner, who died at the Isle of Man's TT race, for herself and the couple's two young children. The deceased's will left his estate to his adult children from a previous marriage.
Zoe Barton QC
Has a broad chancery practice, which makes her a particularly fine choice of counsel for matters with commercial or real property aspect. She is also noted for work on fiduciary matters.
Strengths: "A forceful advocate with a good sense of humour." "She knows her area of the law very well and is also very good with clients."
Recent work: Achieved a successful settlement for the family of a man who disinherited his family in favour of his live-in housekeeper.