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Mark Baxter

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Practice Areas

Mark has a private client Chancery practice (weighing in favour of contentious work) with an emphasis on wills and probate, trusts, estates and family provision, Court of Protection, and related professional negligence. Mark is regularly instructed in contentious probate and Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 cases, and in applications concerning the administration and execution of trusts and estates, as well as Variation of Trusts Act 1958 applications. Mark appeared in the High Court and Court of Appeal in the leading case on standing to bring a contentious probate claim, and in the High Court in the first case in 20 years to consider standing to pursue a 1975 Act claim after the claimant’s death. In the Court of Protection, Mark is frequently instructed in contested applications of all kinds (often in highly contentious family circumstances), as well as applications by attorneys and deputies.


Called 2006.

Professional Memberships

Chancery Bar Association, Property Bar Association, Court of Protection Bar Association, the Denning Society.


Co-author of ‘Risk and Negligence in Wills, Estates and Trusts’ (OUP, 2009, 2nd.ed. 2014). Regular contributor to professional journals. Lectures on all areas of his practice, particularly probate, tax, and Court of Protection matters.