Disputed Wills

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

Disputes over the validity of wills have become commonplace in recent times. The members of our Wills & Trusts team have a wealth of experience across the full spectrum of such claims, whether they involve allegations of lack of testamentary capacity, undue influence, forgery, improper execution, rectification or other issues.

Such claims often arise in the context of difficult family relations, and our barristers recognise that they need to be handled with sensitivity as well as tenacity. We work closely with the client to find the best solution to their particular case, whether by litigation, mediation or some other form of Alternative Dispute Resolution.

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

Our clerking team are always accessible, and take care and time to understand the case or the individual personalities involved when recommending individual barristers. Read more.


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 4793 or email: [email protected].