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UK Bar Guide 2022

Ranked in 3 Practice Areas
1
Chancery: Traditional
18 Years Ranked
1
Offshore
11 Years Ranked
1
Trusts
8 Years Ranked
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About

Provided by Nicholas Le Poidevin KC

Practice Areas

Nicholas specialises in trusts and estates work, both contentious and advisory. He has appeared in significant cases in England at the highest level in both areas of practice, Crociani v Crociani (2014: trust jurisdiction clauses) in the Privy Council and Marley v Rawlings (2014: switched wills) in the Supreme Court. Over half of his work comes from overseas, especially Jersey and Guernsey, and he also appears in courts abroad. He is familiar with the trust laws of most of the offshore jurisdictions. A particular interest is the conflict of laws and the problems it causes in both trust and estate administration.

His practice extends also to property law, company law and insolvency, either in their own right or in connection with trusts and estates.

Career

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Professional Memberships

The International Academy of Estate & Trust Law

Deputy Chair, STEP Contentious Trusts & Estates Special Interest Group

The Chancery Bar Association

Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Association

Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners

Professional Negligence Bar association

Publications

For many years he has been an editor of Lewin on Trusts (20th ed., 2020) and has written in detail elsewhere about sham trusts; writing and practice inform each other. He is often asked for contributions at conferences, for example speaking on trust investment at the first STEP Global Congress in Miami in November 2014.

Chambers Review

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Chancery: Traditional - London (Bar)
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Band 1

Nicholas Le Poidevin KC
Nicholas Le Poidevin KC is a distinguished silk who enjoys a commanding reputation at the Chancery Bar, and is regularly sought after for cases concerning contentious trusts and disputed wills. He also deals with property and company matters, and is equally adept at both contentious and advisory work. His experience in offshore disputes is well established, and he is particularly noted for his expertise in Jersey and Guernsey matters.

Strengths

"He's bright, charming and the ideal version of a chancery silk."


Offshore - London (Bar)
1
Band 1

Nicholas Le Poidevin KC
Nicholas Le Poidevin KC is considered one of the standout names at the Offshore Bar. He has outstanding capabilities in contentious trust, estate and probate work. Cases with a financial services element are a particular strength. He has been active in the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man and throughout the Caribbean, and has recently handled trust disputes in Bermuda.

Strengths

"He's got a depth of experience and looks at a case with a breadth of perspective." "He's such an expert on trusts."


Trusts - London (Bar)
1
Band 1

Nicholas Le Poidevin KC
Nicholas Le Poidevin KC is a much-trusted silk known for his expertise in Channel Islands matters. His trusts work is a strong element of his wider traditional chancery practice, and he is frequently instructed in both contentious and non-contentious work.

Strengths

"He is one of the people who is first port of call on any trust matter. His drafting style is superb and stands as an example to all of how to convey complex issues with crystal clarity. He is an excellent advocate who is highly responsive."

Recent work

Acted in Mackay v Wesley, an appeal regarding alleged undue influence over the signing of a trust document.

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