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Advocate of the Year – Claire van Overdijk shortlisted in 2019/20 STEP Private Client Awards

We are delighted to announce that Claire van Overdijk has been shortlisted in the 2019/20 STEP Private Client Awards ‘Advocate of the Year’ category. Award  winners will be announced at the black-tie dinner and awards ceremony, hosted by a celebrity speaker, on 25th September 2019 at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel, London, UK. Claire van Overdijk serves as Deputy Chair of the STEP Mental Capacity Global SIG Steering Committee, Secretary of the Court of Protection Barristers Association, and a committee member of COPPA (London).

News 17 Jun, 2019

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

Court of Appeal hands down important guidance on anonymity in variation of trust applications

The Court of Appeal has recently handed down important guidance on anonymity in applications under the Variation of Trusts Act 1958 in the case of MN v OP & Ors [2019] EWCA Civ 679, in which Claire van Overdijk was appointed by the Attorney General as advocate to the court. The Court held that the default position is that set out in V v T [2014] EWHC 3432 (Ch) and there should not be a departure from the court’s general approach to the issue of anonymity for applications under the 1958 Act. While the court’s jurisdiction, under the 1958 Act, like that in approval hearings, was a protective and enabling jurisdiction, that position should not be overstated as the instant…

News 3 May, 2019

Equity in an Age of Uncertainty: Big Data, Confidentiality & Fiduciary Liability

David Russell QC Deputy Chair of STEP Worldwide, was invited to present The QUT (Queensland University of Technology) Faculty of Law 18th Annual W A Lee Equity Lecture last week in Queensland, Australia. The W A Lee Equity Lecture is held yearly in honour of foremost equity and trusts academic and author Honorary Professor W A ‘Tony’ Lee. Abstract As trusts are increasingly used as commercial and wealth management vehicles, they are becoming subject to regulation which is drafted without consideration of the specific needs of trusts and those connected with them. At the same time, there is an increasing disconnect between fiduciary principles and public behaviour in the political and corporate realms. During his lecture, David highlighted a number…

News 28 Nov, 2018

Outer Temple Chambers wins prestigious STEP Private Client Award

Outer Temple Chambers has won the Chambers of the Year category at the STEP Private Client Awards, which took place last night in London. Held by STEP, the worldwide professional association for those advising families across generations, the Awards are highly regarded as a celebration of excellence across the private client world. All entries go through a rigorous, practitioner-led judging process to select the best in the industry. The Chambers of the Year category had a strong set of finalists, with Outer Temple Chambers beating New Square Chambers, Old Square Tax Chambers, St John’s Chambers, and Wilberforce Chambers to the prize. The Judges said: ‘This modern, progressive chambers delivers a fresh and innovative approach to staff and clients. In particular…

News 8 Nov, 2018

Delighted to be finalists for the 2018/19 STEP Private Client Awards

Outer Temple Chambers is proud to have been shortlisted in the category of ‘Chambers of the Year’ at the 2018/19 STEP Private Client Awards. A winner will be nominated for each category and all winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on the 7th November 2018. We congratulate our barristers in the Private Client team for this great achievement and wish them the best of luck.

News 6 Aug, 2018

Private Client Global Elite 2018 – David Russell AM QC

We are pleased and proud to announce that David Russell QC has been listed for the second year running in ‘The Private Client Global Elite 2018’ published by Legal Week. The Private Client Global Elite 2018 publication is the list of the world’s elite lawyers advising Ultra High Net Worth (UHNW) clients. Launched in 2017, it continues to serve as a valuable reference tool and directory for all clients and peers looking for the leading advisers, talent and rising stars in the trusts and private client world. An official gala dinner in London this autumn will highlight and recognise the achievement, excellence and success of the 250 Global Elite trust and private client lawyers worldwide. For more information please click here. David Russell, AM, QC…

News 19 Jul, 2018

Outer Temple’s Private Client work steps up

We are delighted to announce that David E Grant has been approved as full member of STEP by their Membership Committee. This further strengthens the Outer Temple Private Client team and our presence within STEP – joining Outer Temple Members David Russell QC – current Deputy Chair of STEP Worldwide, Claire van Overdijk – listed by the 12th STEP Private Client Awards 2017/18 as a Panel Expert, and Jennifer Seaman. STEP is the global professional association for practitioners who specialise in family inheritance and succession planning. The primary purpose of the organisation is to improve public understanding of the issues families face in relation to inheritance and succession planning and promote education and high professional standards among members. David’s appointment…

News 15 May, 2018

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