Specialist Contentious trusts lawyers

Our team of specialist Contentious Trust lawyers operate from our London, South Coast, Thames Valley and Cardiff offices. Our Trust lawyers have considerable expertise in advising on complex trust disputes, often involving multi-jurisdictional aspects and drawing in experts from our Private Client and Tax teams when required. Our advice relates to both lifetime and post-death trusts. We recognise that this is a highly technical area requiring sensitive handling as disputes are often between family members unfamiliar with trust law.

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Main Areas Of Practice

Our expert Contentious Trust lawyers advise on the many issues which can arise in connection with the creation, administration and winding up of a trust.

Validity of a trust

Our Contentious Trust lawyers can advise whether a valid trust has been set up or if it is a sham to avoid creditors.

Trust disputes

There may be ambiguity in the trust deed resulting in disputes. Our Contentious Trust lawyers are experienced in handling and resolving sensitive and highly complex disputes.

Beneficiary disputes

Sometimes there are disputes between the trustees and beneficiaries. Our Contentious Trust lawyers can advise on how to handle any potential disputes.

Third-Party disputes

Our Contentious Trust lawyers can advise on claims brought by those who are affected by the actions of the trustees, for example disputes over land held by the trust.

Trustees' duties

There may be allegations that the trustees have acted in breach of their fiduciary duties, requiring advice as to remedial steps. There is also sometimes confusion over trustees' disclosure duties and the trustees' duty to account. Our Contentious Trust lawyers can advise trustees on their duties and suggest action to take.

Defences to breach of trust claims

Trustees may require advice on how to react to a claim against them, which our expert Contentious Trust lawyers can provide.

Remedial actions for breach of trust

Our Contentious Trust lawyers can support trustees in claims for compensation, tracing and injunctions with a view to preserving/recovering trust assets.

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We act for private individuals as settlors, protectors, trustees and/or beneficiaries of local and foreign trusts. We also act for trust corporations and professional trustees and take appointments as professional trustees.


Acting for the settlor of a number of trusts in relation to a proposal to the trustees as to how the funds in trust might be dealt with to avoid a family dispute. 

Acting for the trustees of an offshore trust who were unilaterally removed by the protector of the trust in contravention of the trust provisions and taking steps, in several foreign jurisdictions, to protect the trust assets.

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