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Hugh Cumber

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Practice Areas

Hugh has a busy traditional Chancery practice covering all aspects of trusts, estates, and probate, with a focus on contentious trusts and estates work.

Hugh is regularly instructed in applications to the High Court in connection with the administration of trusts and estates and often advises trustees, personal representatives, and beneficiaries. This work includes claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, in which Hugh is frequently instructed by both Claimants and Defendants.

In the Court of Protection, Hugh is frequently instructed in contested deputyship applications, applications for statutory wills, and other applications before the Court.

Hugh appeared before the Supreme Court in the leading case on awards under the Inheritance Act (led by Penelope Reed QC) and in a recent Supreme Court case concerning the inheritance tax treatment of pension transfers (led by David Rees QC).

Career

Called to the Bar in 2013

Hugh was judicial assistant to Lord Neuberger in the Supreme Court 2014-2015.

Professional Memberships

Hugh is a member of ChBA, ConTrA, and sits on the committee of the Court of Protection Bar Association.

Publications

Hugh regularly contributes articles to legal journals. He is currently the succession correspondent for Private Client Business.