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Elaine Palser

Outer Temple's, Elaine Palser will be speaking at the Trusts and Litigations event in Budapest, hosted by ConTrA and Informa Connect on the Thursday 21st March 2024.

Elaine Palser to speak at the ConTrA & Informa Connect Event: Trusts in Litigation 2024

Outer Temple’s Elaine Palser will be speaking at the Trusts in Litigation event in Budapest, hosted by ConTrA and Informa Connect on Thursday 21st March 2024. ConTra and Informa Connect are teaming up from the 20th-22nd of March at the Budapest Marriott Hotel, Hungary, to bring a programme that covers a broad array of issues in trusts litigation. The speaker line-up consists of some of the most senior and knowledgeable figures within the trusts litigation field. Elaine Palser will be speaking alongside Erin Trimble-Cregeen of Appleby and Timothy Sherwin of XXIV Old Buildings on the topic of ‘Court intervention: shortcut or the scenic route’. The workshop will take place on Thursday 21st March 2024 from 10:30-11:30. ‘Court intervention: shortcut or…

News 5 Feb, 2024

Launch of Outer Temple's ADR Service

Launch of Outer Temple’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Service

Outer Temple Chambers is pleased to share our new specialist ADR wing, a separate service provided and managed, independent of our counsel work. Members of Outer Temple Chamber’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Team include Adjudicators, Arbitrators, Mediators, Expert Witness and Determiners, Early Neutral Evaluation, and Conciliation experts, all with a mixed common and civil law background. Our neutrals accept appointments across a wide range of practice areas including commercial, construction, energy and natural resources, shipping, international trade, and personal injury with experience across Europe, Middle East, US, and Asia-Pacific. For further information please contact 0207 353 6381 or email Visit our newly launched ADR wing here.

News 10 Nov, 2023

Elaine Palser acts for successful claimants in joint venture dispute

Elaine Palser acts for successful claimants in joint venture dispute

Elaine Palser, instructed by Harold Benjamin, acted for the successful claimants in Connoisseur Developments Ltd and others v Koumis [2023] EWHC 855 (Ch). The claim was for breach of a joint venture agreement. Facts The claimants (a property development company and its directors) brought a claim against the executor of the estate of one of their fellow joint venturers for breach of a joint venture agreement to build flats.  The executor counterclaimed for the return of the freehold property upon which the flats had been built. The dispute dated back many years and was complicated by the death of two of the joint venturers.  A professional administrator had to be appointed to complete the joint venture pending resolution of various…

News 4 May, 2023

Elaine Palser_Mendy claim

Elaine Palser successful in polygamous marriage claim

Elaine Palser acted successfully for the executors of the will of Mary Mendy in their claim to revoke letters of administration on the ground that Ms Mendy’s purported marriage was void because it was a polygamous marriage.  In English law, a valid marriage revokes any will executed prior to marriage.  Master Pester found that the defendant (Ms Mendy’s purported husband) was already married at the time Ms Mendy and the defendant purported to marry in Gambia.  He also found that Ms Mendy was domiciled in England at the time of the alleged marriage and so English law did not permit her to enter into a polygamous marriage, even if the marriage was valid in Gambian law.  The claimants said that…

News 6 Mar, 2023

Elaine Palser at ACTAPS

Elaine Palser speaking at ACTAPS Lunchtime Lecture

Elaine Palser will be giving the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS) lunchtime lecture on Monday 6th March 2023 at Blake Morgan in London.  ACTAPS (Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists) is a forum for specialists in the field of contentious trust and probate law. The forum aims to exchange experience, know-how and an appreciation of the law and statutes in this specialist area. ACTAPS holds seminars, conferences and meetings for members including a series of lunchtime lectures. Elaine Palser has been invited to talk at the next lunchtime lecture, taking place on Monday 6th March in the offices of Blake Morgan, London. Her talk is entitled “Twists and Turns in Proprietary Estoppel” and will consider the…

News 28 Feb, 2023

Elaine Palser published in latest edition of Trusts & Trustees

Elaine Palser has written an article titled Proprietary Estoppel and the Position of the Stranger in Trusts & Trustees Vol. 29, No. 3, 2023, pp. 1–11 (OUP).   The article examines the position of a stranger in two principal scenarios, and the implications for strangers of the possible outcomes to these scenarios. First, if A makes a promise to B that C will receive A’s property if B advances monies to A, can the promise be enforced to benefit C who is a stranger to the promise? Secondly, if A makes a promise to B that B will receive A’s 50% share in a property if B advances monies to A, but A then enters into a declaration of trust with…

External Publications 2 Feb, 2023

Elaine Palser acts for successful claimant in proprietary estoppel challenge

Elaine Palser, instructed by Moore Barlow LLP, acted for the successful Claimant in Morley v Morley.  The Claimant was awarded a 50% beneficial interest in the substantial home of her late father and step-mother on the basis of proprietary estoppel, not only on her own behalf but also on behalf of her brother.   Facts The Claimant advanced her father (the Deceased) monies some 15 years ago to assist him in buying a substantial property with his then new partner, the Defendant.  The Deceased told the Claimant that if she advanced him these monies, she and her brother would inherit his 50% share in the property when he died.  The Deceased said that he would make a will to that effect,…

News 11 Oct, 2022

Elaine Palser acts successfully for stylist and influencer, Caroline Stanbury, in the High Court

Elaine Palser, led by Andrew Trollope QC and instructed by RPC, acted successfully for personal stylist and influencer, Caroline Stanbury, in the High Court in Mark Reynolds (as liquidator of CSB123 Ltd) v Caroline Stanbury [2021] EWHC 2506 (Ch). The application against Ms Stanbury was described as “regrettable” and all allegations against her were dismissed in full. The application was brought against Ms Stanbury as a director of CSB 123 Ltd (“SC1”) under s.212 of the Insolvency Act 1986 (the “misfeasance” provision). It was wrongly alleged by Mr Reynolds that she transferred the business and assets of SC1 for no consideration in breach of her duties under ss171 to 175 of the Companies Act 2006 and that the alleged transfer…

News 28 Sep, 2021

Elaine Palser acts for successful Inheritance Act claimants in the High Court

Elaine Palser, instructed by Tees Solicitors, acted for the successful claimants in R Deceased [2021] EWHC 936 (Ch). The claim was brought by two minor children for reasonable financial provision from their father’s estate under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975. The children were 14 and 15 when their father died, and they had been estranged from him for several years before his death.  Their father had also failed to pay any maintenance for them during the estrangement, with the children instead relying entirely on their mother and stepfather. In his will, the father left his entire estate to his new partner and his parents, and nothing to his children.  The partner and parents denied that there…

News 19 May, 2021

Elaine Palser wins Women in Law Award

Elaine Palser has received a Lawyer Monthly Women in Law Award 2020 in recognition of her outstanding legal expertise and contribution in Commercial and Chancery Law. The Women in Law Awards celebrate and highlight the achievements of inspirational women in the legal profession around the world. Commenting on the Award, Elaine said: “I am delighted to have received an award which recognises the achievements of women in the legal profession.  I am also fortunate to be a member of a chambers which is strongly committed to supporting women throughout their careers.” The 2020 Lawyer Monthly Women in Law Awards Winners Edition is available to read here. Find out more Elaine Palser has an extensive chancery and commercial practice with an…

News 4 Aug, 2020

Remote Mediation: The New Normal and the Future

Elaine Palser explores the advantages (which are considerable) and the disadvantages (which are surmountable) of remote mediation and considers what the future holds for settling cases. Remote mediation works Before I took part in my first remote mediation I was sceptical.  I was convinced that it would be inferior to in-person mediation.  To my surprise, it worked extremely well.  In fact, I came away wondering if remote mediation was better than in-person mediation.  Many others have also had remarkably positive experiences of remote mediation. Mediation is a very successful means of settling cases.  According to the CEDR mediation audit 2018, 89% of cases settle through mediation; 74% at the mediation itself and 15% shortly thereafter.  The fact that remote mediation…

Legal Blogs 1 Jun, 2020

Outer Temple welcomes “seasoned legal gladiator” Elaine Palser

Outer Temple welcomes Elaine Palser who joins us as a new member of Chambers this week. Elaine has an extensive commercial and chancery practice, with a strong emphasis on contentious probate, trusts, insolvency, and related professional negligence. Ranked in several independent legal directories, Elaine is described as: “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 Insolvency and Private Client: Trusts and Probate. She has won several awards, including: 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…

News 3 Jun, 2019

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