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Constance McDonnell QC

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Practice Areas

Traditional Chancery and Trusts, specialising in contentious trusts and probate, Inheritance Act claims, claims relating to the administration of trusts and estates, removal of trustees and personal representatives, undue influence, related professional negligence and proprietary estoppel. Constance also appears in the Court of Protection (property and affairs).

She has appeared in a number of highly publicised High Court cases, including Schrader v Schrader (a successful probate claim based on undue influence), Re Smith (concerning capacity to make a lifetime gift), Gestrust v 16 Defendants (a trust dispute), RBC v Stubbs (a rectification claim), Gupta v Gupta (a probate dispute about knowledge and approval), Wellesley v Wellesley (a claim by an estranged adult child for family provision from her father’s estate under the Inheritance Act), and Barker v Confiance (in which the Court of Appeal gave guidance as to the liability of a litigation friend for costs).

Prior to taking Silk in 2019, Constance was Junior Counsel for the Respondent in the landmark 1975 Act case of Ilott v The Blue Cross in the Supreme Court.

Career

Called in 2000 (Lincoln's Inn).

Professional Memberships

Chancery Bar Association, STEP, ACTAPS (Committee member).