Alex Troup


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Call 1998 (Gray’s Inn)
Qualifications MA (Oxon) Literae Humaniores, William Shaw Scholarship and Karmel Award (both Grays Inn)
Professional Memberships Chancery Bar Association, Western Chancery & Commercial Bar Association, Association of Contentious Trust And Probate Specialists (ACTAPS), The Society of Trust and Estates Practitioners (STEP), Committee member of STEP Bristol Branch.

Expertise


Alex has wide-ranging experience of cases involving agriculture and rural affairs, including in particular real property disputes, agricultural tenancies, partnership issues, proprietary estoppel claims, contested wills and probate, and claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.

Recommendations

  • “He is a great choice for trusts and property related matters.” Legal 500, Agriculture and Rural Affairs (2017)
  • “Alex’s practice takes in disputes between farming landlords and tenants, and he is an expert in proprietary estoppel claims. ‘He’s really formidable in the area. He’s client-friendly, very impressive on paper and a fantastic performer in court.’ ” Chambers UK, Agriculture & Rural Affairs (2017)
  • “Alex is a rising star focusing on contentious probate and property work, Troup is known for tackling estate disputes, including agricultural tenancies and farm ownership. He also handles partnership disputes and proprietary estoppel claims. ‘He is a real leading light in contentious probate work.’ ‘He is unflappable – when emotions are running high he is a calming influence; he cuts to the chase and defuses the situation.’ ” Chambers UK, Agriculture & Rural Affairs (2016)

Alex has been instructed in a wide variety of Court of Protection cases, for the most part involving property and affairs disputes. He is familiar with contested LPA and deputyship applications, applications for authorisation of inter vivos gifts, statutory wills, and cases involving allegations of financial abuse. He has appeared in the Court of Protection in London, Bristol and Cardiff.

Recommendations

  • “His calm but authoritative manner make him ideal for managing difficult situations effectively.” “He adeptly navigates the very tricky waters in family relationships.” Chambers UK, Court of Protection (2018)
  • “Calm, wise and candid, with a defined sense of authority.” Legal 500, Court of Protection (2017)
  • “An exceptional chancery barrister who is adept at handling Court of Protection work. He excels in cases concerning statutory wills, contested deputyship applications and liftetime gifts. ‘Alex is a commanding advocate and has a no-nonsense style to negotiating, which makes him a very formidable opponent.’ ‘He’s very impressive both on paper and in court, and his knowledge of cases is incredible. Understandable in the way he gives advice, he’s very highly sought after.’ ” Chambers UK, Court of Protection (Property & Affairs 2017)

Alex has extensive experience in dealing with disputes between unmarried couples relating to property ownership in light of Stack v. Dowden and Jones v. Kernott, and claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975. He has successfully represented clients not only at trial, but also at mediations and Financial Dispute Resolution appointments. He has lectured widely on these subjects, including to Resolution and the Bristol Law Society.

Alex is an experienced mediator with particular experience of dealing with contentious probate, trust and property disputes. He adopts a friendly but no-nonsense approach to mediations and has a high success rate for achieving settlements.

Alex’s recent experience as a mediator includes cases involving the following practice areas:

  • Agricultural tenancies
  • Contentious Probate claims
  • Constructive trust/Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996
  • Donatio mortis causa
  • Disputes over chattels
  • Dispute over disposal of deceased’s body
  • Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975
  • Lasting Powers of Attorney/Deputyship
  • Lifetime gifts
  • Lost/missing wills
  • Proprietary estoppel

Alex has been instructed as a mediator by the following firms:

  • Accessible Family Law
  • Ashfords LLP
  • Bartlett Gooding & Weelen
  • Charles Russell Speechlys LLP
  • Clarke Willmott LLP
  • Clifton Ingram LLP
  • Coodes
  • Foot Anstey LLP
  • Gartsides
  • Grove Tompkins Bosworth
  • Harding Evans
  • Harrison Clark Rickerbys LLP
  • Hugh James
  • Humphries Kirk LLP
  • John Hodge Solicitors
  • Kitsons LLP
  • McMillan Williams
  • Michelmores LLP
  • Mitchells Solicitors
  • Mowbray Woodwards
  • Penningtons Manches LLP
  • Porter Dodson
  • Robertsons
  • Royds Withy King
  • Stephens Scown LLP
  • TWM Solicitors LLP
  • Veale Wasbrough Vizards LLP
  • Wards
  • WBW Solicitors
  • Whitehead Vizard LLP

The feedback which Alex has received following mediations includes the following:

  • “Most pleasant, personable manner, combined with a brisk professionalism…it is hard to know how he could have been more helpful.” (Client at mediation, February 2018)
  • “Our clients liked Alex’s sense of humour, his grasp of the issues and of the personal relationships/difficulties between the [parties]. Alex was patient and empathetic.” (Solicitor at mediation, September 2017)
  • “Alex was extremely professional, friendly and our client found him knowledgeable, approachable and informative” (Solicitor at mediation, September 2017)
  • “Alex was extremely professional, friendly and our client found him knowledgeable, approachable and informative” (Solicitor at mediation, September 2017)
  • “Momentum of day was maintained and Alex worked hard throughout. It felt ‘fast paced’ in comparison to other mediations.” (Solicitor at mediation, August 2017)
  • “Alex was very sensitive to my clients’ circumstances. Both were elderly and could have been overawed by the procedure but Alex helped ensure that they remained at ease.” (solicitor at mediation, May 2017)
  • “I found him friendly efficient and very fair in his actions … I was very impressed at the professional way in which this was conducted.” (party to mediation, May 2017)
  • “Alex made our young clients, who were very anxious, at ease from the outset. He assisted greatly in explaining the issues to both sides and the clients were very happy with the outcome” (Solicitor at mediation, March 2017)
  • “We all felt that Alex had a very good grasp of the issues and the various personalities and handled the matter with aplomb and sensitivity.  It’s a testament to his skills as a mediator that we were able to achieve a deal and be on our way by 5:30pm in what was an incredibly acrimonious and high-value dispute.” (Solicitor at mediation, March 2017)
  • “He dealt very well with an elderly client, and an emotional one. He kept the pace up and didn’t get bogged down with the past.” (Solicitor at mediation, January 2017)
  • “Very patient and sensitive to issues, and his working knowledge of all the issues was second to none, meaning we could just launch straight in. Very calm, measured and experienced. The clients took to him well… Very happy with the outcome.” (Solicitor at mediation, November 2016)
  • “Alex was calm, measured, kind and thoughtful. He was sensitive to the ‘family issues’.” (Solicitor at mediation, November 2016)
  • “Sensitive to client’s feelings and very patient but still authoritative when required.”(Solicitor at mediation, October 2016)
  • “Very good at moving issues on quickly and focusing on methods of pushing through contentious / emotive issues to focus on methods of settlement. Great grasp of the legal position as I expected he would have – it was a great help in this case…really pleased…would definitely use him again” (Solicitor at mediation, October 2016)
  • “Always has a very balanced view.” (Solicitor at a mediation, October 2016)
  • “I am very pleased with Alex’s mediation of this case and hope before long to have an occasion to instruct him again.” (Solicitor at a mediation, July 2016)
  • “Alex is very clear and concise throughout the process. He is a patient, polite, pleasant individual who put us at ease. Encouraging…would highly recommend.” (Party to a mediation, May 2016)
  • “Alex was once again excellent. He allowed my clients to let off steam and was very sensitive to their emotions and arguments without losing focus on reaching an agreeable settlement.  We reached a successful resolution in good time and my clients were very pleased with our choice of mediator.” (Solicitor acting for party in mediation, March 2016)
  • “Many thanks for your efforts. I am certain we would not have got to where we ended up without your assistance.” (Solicitor for a party in mediation, January 2016)
  • “Alex did an excellent job yesterday. We were really pleased with his work and will not hesitate to use him again.” (Solicitor for a party in mediation, January 2016)
  • “Thank you for all your hard work yesterday. We had an uphill struggle but we got there in the end and I’m very grateful to you for your assistance. I will most certainly bear you in mind in the future and will have no hesitation in recommending you to colleagues.” (Solicitor for party in a mediation, October 2015)
  • “Thank you again for your work and skill; I never actually believed this process would work, – (as my Position Statement demonstrated) – so it was good to be proved wrong.”(Litigant in person in a mediation, October 2015)

Alex has acted in a wide variety of professional negligence cases, for both claimants and defendants, mainly relating to his specialist areas of practice. He has regularly acted in professional negligence claims against solicitors, surveyors, architects, executors and trustees. He was recently asked to speak at the Professional Negligence Lawyers Association seminars in both London and Bristol.

Alex’s property practice encompasses the full range of real property issues, including landlord & tenant work. He has appeared in courts at all levels in relation to property disputes, including an appearance as junior counsel in the House of Lords in Bettison v. Langton [2002] 1 AC 27, a case concerning rights of common. He also has extensive experience of adjudications before HM Land Registry.

Recommendations

  • “Very thorough and good at dealing with difficult points.” “Straight-talking and diligent.” “A very good advocate who provides sound commercial advice and gets on brilliantly with clients.” Chambers UK, Real Estate Litigation (2018)
  • “His tactical guidance is spot-on.” Legal 500, Property (2017)
  • “Alex is a highly regarded chancery barrister who specialises in property litigation, but also remains active in contentious trusts and probate matters. ‘Client-friendly, very impressive on paper and in court and a fantastic advocate – he is a formidable opponent.’ ” Chambers UK, Real Estate Litigation (2017)
  • “Alex has a great knowledge of the law and is a safe pair of hands.” Legal 500, Property (2016)
  • “Alex is considered to be a very promising property junior on the Western Circuit. His practice is predominantly focused on chancery and commercial disputes. He often acts on cases concerning proprietary estoppel and boundary disputes. ‘I think he’s a real star. He’s very bright, user friendly and he’s excellent with clients and on his feet.’ ‘He’s got a real presence in court and his delivery skills are excellent.’ ” Chambers UK, Real Estate Litigation (2016)
  • “Alex is knowledgeable about a broad spectrum of property law matters.”Legal 500, Property (2015)

Alex is known for his specialism in this area, being ranked as the only star individual on the Western Circuit by Chambers UK. His practice includes both advisory and contentious work relating to trusts, wills and the administration of estates, including claims based on proprietary estoppel and under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.

Recommendations

  • “He is very good, he has a very strong reputation in this field – he’s really knowledgeable but also very approachable. He really is my favourite because of his approachability, his knowledge and expertise.” “In terms of legal ability, he is top class, really top class.” Chambers UK, Chancery Law (2018)
  • “He has expertise in contentious probate issues.” Legal 500, Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law (2017)
  • “Alex is a standout junior with a busy traditional chancery practice. Very strong on contentious trusts and probate work and complex property litigation. ‘A rising star of the Chancery Bar specialising in contentious probate litigation who is helpful, robust and clear in his advice.’ ” Chambers UK, Chancery (2017)
  • “A leading light and go-to junior in wills, trusts and probate matters.” Legal 500, Chancery Law (2016)
  • “Alex is a rising star focusing on contentious probate and property work, Troup is known for tackling estate disputes, including agricultural tenancies and farm ownership. He also handles partnership disputes and proprietary estoppel claims.
    ‘He is a real leading light in contentious probate work.’ ‘He is unflappable – when emotions are running high he is a calming influence; he cuts to the chase and defuses the situation.’ ” Chambers UK, Agriculture & Rural Affairs (2016)
  • “Alex is a leading junior who has an enviable reputation in traditional chancery. He possesses a broad practice and has particular strength in contested probate and associated trust and estate matters. ‘Alex is the leading junior on probate in the Western Circuit.’ ‘An undisputed expert.’ ” Chambers UK, Chancery (2016)
  • “Alex manages a strong chancery practice focusing on probate disputes. He has acquired a fantastic reputation for this type of work and is regularly instructed on contested probates, and associated trust and proprietary estoppel cases. ‘He is very good at giving practical advice. He offers solutions where other barristers offer a glut of options.’ ‘He doesn’t shirk away from telling it how it is, and when he’s on his feet he is very authoritative. He’s very sharp.’ ” Chambers UK, Chancery (2015)

Practice Overview

Alex is ranked as the only star individual on the Western Circuit in chancery matters by Chambers UK. He has a thriving chancery practice with a particular emphasis on the following areas:

  • Contentious probate and administration of estates
  • Trusts
  • Property litigation
  • Court of Protection
  • Associated professional negligence claims
  • Mediation

Alex has been consistently recommended as a leading junior in Chambers UK, Legal 500 and Legal Experts. Quotations from the latest editions are as follows:

  • “He is very good, he has a very strong reputation in this field – he’s really knowledgeable but also very approachable. He really is my favourite because of his approachability, his knowledge and expertise.” “In terms of legal ability, he is top class, really top class.” Chambers UK, Chancery Law (2018)
  • “He has expertise in contentious probate issues.” Legal 500, Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law (2017)
  • “His calm but authoritative manner make him ideal for managing difficult situations effectively.” “He adeptly navigates the very tricky waters in family relationships.” Chambers UK, Court of Protection (2018)
  • “Calm, wise and candid, with a defined sense of authority.” Legal 500, Court of Protection (2017)
  • “Very thorough and good at dealing with difficult points.” “Straight-talking and diligent.” “A very good advocate who provides sound commercial advice and gets on brilliantly with clients.” Chambers UK, Real Estate Litigation (2018)
  • “His tactical guidance is spot-on.” Legal 500, Property (2017)
  • “He is a great choice for trusts and property related matters.” Legal 500, Agriculture and Rural Affairs (2017)

In previous editions Alex has been described as “highly skilled and approachable, and has good legal and people skills”, a “formidable advocate”, a “star of probates”, “among the most skilful barristers” and as having “a real commercial brain”. Further quotations are set out under the relevant practice areas.

Alex lectures extensively in his areas of expertise, mainly to firms of solicitors, law societies and specialist organisations.

Alex is qualified to undertake public access work in appropriate cases. For further information, please visit our Public Access page.

Alex has been trained as a mediator with the London School of Mediation and works both as a mediator and as a representative at mediations.