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Elaine Palser has an extensive chancery and commercial practice, with an emphasis on contentious probate, trusts, insolvency, and related professional negligence.
“An excellent advocate”, “technically superb”, “very good with clients”, “a team player”, and “a seasoned legal gladiator” (Legal 500), Elaine is recommended as a Leading Junior for Private Client: Trusts and Probate, Insolvency and Professional Negligence. She won Contentious Trusts and Probate Lawyer of the Year 2016 and 2017 (Women in Law awards) and Commercial Disputes Barrister of the Year 2015 (the Lawyer Monthly awards).
With degrees in both law and business, Elaine is uniquely well placed to handle the complex commercial and financial issues that arise in all of her practice areas.
Elaine is also a former lecturer in Trusts, Land and Tort at Oxford University, and a CEDR-accredited mediator.
Appointments & Memberships
- Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners
- Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists
- Contentious Trusts Association
- Insolvency Lawyers’ Association
- Chancery Bar Association
- Commercial Bar Association
- CEDR Exchange
- Contentious Trusts and Probate Lawyer of the Year 2017, Women in Law Awards
- Contentious Trusts and Probate Lawyer of the Year 2016, Women in Law Awards
- Commercial Disputes Barrister of the Year 2015, the Lawyer Monthly Awards
- Highly Regarded in Insolvency Law – UK 2015, Corporate LiveWire Awards
- Outstanding Expertise in Contentious Trusts and Probate 2015, Women in Law Awards
- MA (Oxford)
- MA (Cambridge)
- BBusSc (Cape Town)
- “The super power of the revocable discretionary trust”  Corporate Rescue and Insolvency, August, 145.
- “The court’s approach to claims against an estate by a cohabitee”  Lexis Nexis Legal Analysis, 13 Sept 2018.
- “Bold Petitioning Creditors Beware”  Lexis Nexis Case Analysis, 8 June 2016.
- “A trust by any other name”  New Law Journal, 23 October, 15.
- “Costly consequences: who bears the costs of statutory demands?”  New Law Journal, 22 May, 18.
- “Appointment of Administrators Out of Court: Clarity at Last?”  Insolvency Intelligence 25(8) 113.
- “Appointing administrators out of court: validity problems and retrospective administration orders”  Insolvency Intelligence 24(8) 113.
- “The duty of care in gross negligence manslaughter” (with Jonathan Herring)  CLR 24 (described by the Court of Appeal in R v Evans  EWCA Crim 650 as “an illuminating analysis”).
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Areas of Law
- Private Client
- Commercial & Chancery
- Professional Negligence
- Court of Protection
- Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Insolvency & Restructuring
“Great technical ability” Professional Negligence, Legal 500 2020
“A very thorough and efficient junior” Private Client: Trusts and Probate, Legal 500 2020
“She is commercial, understands the bigger picture and is good at identifying the weaknesses in a case at an early stage” Insolvency, Legal 500 2020
“She is an excellent advocate who puts forward the case robustly.” Private Client: Trusts and Probate, Legal 500 2019
“Very astute and commercial.” Insolvency, Legal 500 2019
“Technically superb, and a tenacious advocate.” Private Client: Trusts and Probate, Legal 500 2018
“Very good at identifying and dealing with the key issues.” Insolvency, Legal 500 2018
“A seasoned legal gladiator, equipped with robust intellect, empathy and pragmatism.” Private Client: Trusts and Probate, Legal 500 2017
“Very analytical, with a good eye for detail.” Insolvency, Legal 500 2017
“She is quick to respond, clear on the law and very good with clients.” Private Client: Trusts and Probate, Legal 500 2016
“A team player who synergises the efforts of clients, solicitors and clerks towards effective problem solving.” Insolvency, Legal 500 2016
“Very analytical and works hard to get to the nub of the issues.” Insolvency, Legal 500 2014
“Technically excellent, and no shrinking violet when it comes to advocacy.” Insolvency, Legal 500 2012