Wills, Trusts & Tax

“St John’s enjoys an excellent reputation for its chancery and commercial work, and a number of its barristers are experienced in high-value and complex cases. A source says that “they more than hold their own against London sets, and they’re very reasonable to deal with.” The set is well regarded for all manner of traditional chancery work, especially property litigation, and has a specialism in agricultural matters. “We are impressed with them and would not consider using any other Bristol chambers – they are way ahead,” reports an interviewee.”
Chambers UK, Chancery (2018)


In recent years Chambers has seen a real growth in claims relating to wills, trusts and probate, and members of our team have developed a recognised specialism in this area.

Members of the team regularly advise and represent clients in relation to the whole spectrum of issues concerning wills, trusts and probate. Their work covers both contentious and non-contentious matters, including:

    • contentious probate claims;
    • the construction and rectification of wills and trusts;
    • the administration of estates and trusts;
    • claims against personal representatives and trustees;
    • claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975;
    • inheritance tax;
    • capital gains tax;
    • tax disputes and penalties.

Members of the team also have wide experience of Court of Protection work including disputes over lasting/enduring powers of attorney, deputies, statutory wills and welfare issues.

Members of the team specialise in tax disputes and private client tax issues. They regularly advise on tax aspects of estates and settlements, and can assist in challenging any adverse decision made by HMRC. View tax advisory & dispute resolution team.

“The clerking at St John’s is approachable, friendly, efficient and knowledgeable.” Chambers UK, Chancery (2018)

Our team regularly delivers lectures to solicitors and other professionals on recent developments in the law and practice. If you are interested in arranging a lecture then please contact our clerks.