New Square Chambers

Alexander Learmonth

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Practice Areas

Contentious trusts and estates (contentious probate, interpretation, Inheritance Act, removal and administration), land, Court of Protection, related professional negligence.

Recent HC cases: Moursi v Doherty (undue influence); Price v Saundry (rectification); Templeman deceased (capacity); Griffin v Higgs (removal of executors); Roberts v Fresco (Inheritance Act); Patel v Patel (forgery/contempt); Crabbe v Townsend (estate administration); Paul v Lock (capacity, knowledge and approval).

Other important cases: Marley v Rawlings (SC); Bradbury v Taylor (CA, estoppel); Swain-Mason v Mills & Reeve (CA, professional negligence); French v Barcham (occupation rent); Gotham v Doodes (CA, limitation)


Called Lincoln’s Inn, 2000 (Tancred award).

Professional Memberships

STEP, ACTAPS (named ‘Contentious Barrister of the Year 2015'), Chancery Bar Association (consultations sub-committee), former chair of Young Barristers’ Committee 2009.


Editor of Theobald on Wills (2016) and Williams, Mortimer & Sunnucks (2018). Contributor to Probate Practitioners’ Handbook. Headnote writer for Wills and Trust Law Reports.


BA Hons Oxon, Jurisprudence (college exhibitioner).

Committee of Barristers’ Benevolent Association

Enjoys singing opera, Lieder and in choirs.