The Private Client Team at Outer Temple Chambers has a strong contingent of barristers specialising in a broad range of private client matters, including all aspects of trusts, wills, probate and inheritance matters, as well as Court of Protection work. Our barristers are members of STEP, ACTAPS and ConTrA and we were awarded STEP Private Client Chambers of the Year 2018/19 in recognition of our work and reputation in the market.

Our additional strength in pensions, insolvency, and professional negligence mean that we are frequently a go-to set where these areas cross over with private client work. Members of the team are renowned around the world, particularly in the Middle East, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man and we have members listed in the Private Client Global Elite.

Private Client & Trusts Experience

Members of the team have extensive experience in both contentious and non-contentious private client matters both in England and in foreign jurisdictions. They are able to advise, conduct litigation, and draft documents in all areas of expertise including:

  • Construction and rectification of wills and trusts
  • Challenges to the validity of wills, including testamentary capacity and undue influence claims
  • Claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975
  • Removal and substitution of personal representatives
  • Constructive and resulting trusts
  • Proprietary estoppel claims
  • Re Beddoe and Re Benjamin orders
  • Conflict of laws in trusts and estates
  • Trustees’ powers and duties
  • Variation of trusts
  • Claims against personal representatives and trustees
  • Administration of estates
  • Quistclose trusts
  • Insolvent estates
  • Succession planning
  • Offshore trusts
  • Charitable trusts
  • Court of Protection applications
  • Lasting and enduring powers of attorney
  • Professional negligence in estate and trust matters
  • Pensions

Our barristers regularly undertake private client work internationally (including in Dubai, Guernsey, the Caribbean, and US jurisdictions), and we have members who can advise on Islamic law. Our foreign associates in France, Russia, the US and UAE are also able to advise on international private client matters. 

Members from Outer Temple Chambers have appeared in some of the leading cases in the private client field including:

Members frequently write and speak on Probate and Trusts issues and are active in the Probate and Trusts associations:

  • David Russell QC sits on the board of STEP Worldwide and is co-editor of Trusts and Trustees (Oxford University Press)
  • Teresa Rosen Peacocke is a member of STEP and ACTAPS, and a qualified mediator.
  • Elaine Palser is a member of STEP, ACTAPS and ConTrA, a qualified mediator, and a former lecturer and examiner in Trusts at Oxford University.
  • Jennifer Seaman is a member of STEP (affiliate), ACTAPS and ConTrA.

The Private Client Team includes members of STEP, ACTAPS and ConTrA. Please see below for individual profiles where you will find full details.

Our Chambers and members have won or been shortlisted for a number of private client awards including:

  • Chambers of the Year at STEP Private Client Awards 2018/19
  • “Advocate of the Year” at STEP Private Client Awards 2019/2020 – Claire van Overdijk shortlisted
  • Contentious Trusts and Probate Lawyer of the Year 2016, 2017 and 2021 (Women in Law Awards) – Elaine Palser.

Various members of the Private Client Team are trained mediators and we advise and offer mediation where appropriate:

Private Client & Trusts Barristers

David Russell QC

Call: 1977 (Australia) Silk: 1986

Nicolas Stallworthy QC

Call: 1993 Silk: 2011

Teresa Rosen Peacocke

Call: 1982 (England & Wales); 2004 (New York)

David E Grant

Call: 1999

Elaine Palser

Call: 2002

Claire van Overdijk

Call: 2003

Michael Uberoi

Call: 2004

Jennifer Seaman

Call: 2007

Bianca Venkata

Call: 2014

Alex Cisneros

Call: 2015

Elizabeth Grace

Call: 2017

Carin Hunt

Call: 2018

Joshua Cainer

Call: 2019

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