Wilberforce Chambers

Gilead Cooper QC

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UK Bar
Strengths

Gilead Cooper QC
Specialises in contentious trust and property matters on both a domestic and international basis. He is highly regarded for his expertise in offshore matters and regularly appears in overseas courts on high-profile cases. His expertise in art and cultural property matters is also acknowledged by the market.
"He's a great creative thinker who's a great one for pulling a rabbit out of the hat in a case where no one else knows what to do."
Recent work: Involved in a dispute between the Dowager Countess Bathurst and the current earl who is her stepson. The dispute relates to the Dowager's intended use of £13 million worth of family heirlooms.

Strengths

Gilead Cooper QC
Has a great standing in offshore litigation, and noted ability in trusts, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and professional negligence disputes. He also handles property disputes. Cooper has appeared in court proceedings in the BVI, Bermuda, the Cayman Islands and Hong Kong.
"QC must mean quintessential counsel in Gilead's case; he blends gravitas and commerciality with intellectual rigour." "He comes up with novel arguments that require creative thinking."
Recent work: Acted for the settlor and beneficiary of a Bermuda trust in Re Eaglehill Trust, a dispute which arose following an action by the trustees who sought approval from a Jersey court to sell the trust's principal assets.

Trusts - London (Bar)
Band 1
Strengths

Gilead Cooper QC (Wilberforce Chambers)
Instructed in some of the most important and high-profile trust cases of recent years. He has an increasingly international practice and acts for many significant clients in this area. Cooper is admitted to the BVI Bar and frequently appears in the courts of the Cayman Islands and Hong Kong.
"Very imaginative when coming up with novel arguments." "He is always a name to use on contentious cases when clients want to see the opposition challenged thoroughly."
Recent work: Acted in Countess Bathurst v Chantler & Others,a claim by a beneficiary seeking the removal of trustees, together with directions on various disputed issues of construction.

Art and Cultural Property Law - London (Bar)
Band 2
Strengths

Gilead Cooper QC (Wilberforce Chambers)
Traditional chancery barrister whose practice centres on acting for museums, galleries and other institutions. He has experience in title disputes and is a contributor to Palmer on Bailment.
"A very good man in a crisis as he's excellent at finding ways through issues. He is very clear in his advice and in his work." "Good at strategy and plotting things out."
Recent work: Acted in Zoullas v Zoullas, providing expert evidence for use in US proceedings concerning the beneficial title to a Monet painting.