Administration of Estates

St John's Chambers is 'a standout chambers for chancery work.' The barristers are held in extremely high regard on the Western Circuit for both their traditional and commercial chancery expertise. They are friendly, accessible and build a phenomenal rapport with instructing solicitors and the client."

Chambers UK  2020

Our Wills & Trusts team are well versed in resolving the kind of issues and disputes which can arise in the context of the administration of estates and trusts, including both contentious and non-contentious matters.

We deal with the whole spectrum of issues which can arise, including:

  • Construction and rectification of wills
  • Variation of wills
  • Claims to remove personal representatives
  • Applications under the Non-Contentious Probate Rules 1987
  • Claims for court directions under CPR Part 64, including Beddoes applications
  • Taxation

We were shortlisted for “Chambers of the Year” at the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) Awards in 2017, and again in 2018.


As the number of cases being dealt with by way of mediation increases, our mediation team are on hand to help, be it by providing the advocates, mediators or both. Our facilities are specifically designed to meet with clients’ needs for a mediation venue. Read more.

Public Access

Some members of the team are also available to act, where appropriate, for members of the public, as well as for commercial and non-commercial organisations, under the Public Access scheme.


The team delivers workshops and seminars in Chambers and regional centres. We also provide training on behalf of local Law Societies and in conjunction with solicitors’ firms. In addition we can give tailored in-house training for particular firms. If you would like any further information please contact Paul Bennett on 0117 923 4714 or email: [email protected].