Trust & Succession Disputes

Conflicts involving trusts, estates and wills are a fact of life – and death, especially when there are high stakes. When that conflict takes the form of a legal dispute it will frequently involve family assets, often located in multiple jurisdictions. We operate in a world where the framework of law and regulation is constantly changing, with a drive towards greater transparency, particularly within the areas of tax, trusts and asset protection. Ever-changing anti-money laundering regulations and growing public hostility to tax avoidance place greater pressure on individuals and trustees involved in protecting wealth.

It is often the combination of the intensely personal nature of the dispute, the competing agendas of the family members, and the location of assets in multiple jurisdictions which creates a complexity that itself can become an obstacle to resolution.

Why we are different

Many of our lawyers are recognised as leaders in their fields and have a wealth of experience in acting for private individuals and family businesses at both a domestic and international level. We are privileged to act as our clients' close and trusted advisers; we will do everything in our power to protect our clients' interests. We place great weight on our duty to act professionally whilst maintaining complete objectivity and confidentiality.

Our litigation expertise allows us to handle almost any situation arising out of a trust or succession dispute. We understand the very personal nature of family relationships that frequently add another layer of complexity to such disputes. We have in-depth experience in obtaining injunctions to freeze or gain control over assets and/or evidence which may be the subject of a dispute, as well as in discharging them. Our own International Network of Fraud Specialists, The International Fraud Group, gives us a critical edge when securing piggyback injunctions in other key jurisdictions. We act with toughness in adversity and possess measured, intelligent negotiation skills.

From our offices in the two key financial hubs of London and New York we operate a trans-Atlantic dispute resolution practice to settle the issues of wealthy families and individuals. From those hubs we maintain an informal network of like-minded and independent professionals, so that in every case we can engage and work with the very best bespoke teams.


  • Trust disputes
  • Will & succession disputes
  • Tax disputes
  • International and cross border strategic advice
  • Court of Protection and mental capacity issues
  • Fraud, asset tracing and asset recovery, business crime
  • Injunctions and freezing orders

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