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Geoff is the head of the Will and Trust disputes team. He acts for individuals, families, trustees, beneficiaries and charities in domestic and international disputes. He advises on contested Wills, Trusts, disputes involving the administration of estates, charity legacies and Inheritance Act claims. He also acts in cases involving professional negligence in these areas.

Geoff has a particular interest in proprietary estoppel and constructive trust claims, having written the chapter on this area in the third edition of Probate Disputes and Remedies. He is a frequent speaker at UK and international conferences and contributes to a number of leading publications in the field.

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Career highlights

  • Bourke v Favre [2015] EWHC 277 (Ch): Proprietary estoppel claim relating to one of a handful of privately held villages in England
  • Tadros v Barratt [2014] EWHC 2860 (Ch): Cross-border probate action involving English, Dutch, Sudanese, and French assets
  • AB Jnr & Or v MB & Ors [2013] (1) CILR 1: Claim against trustees alleging breach of trust through material non-disclosure, and a counterclaim seeking forfeiture of the beneficiary’s interest
  • The Matter of the A Trust [2012] JRC 169A: Claim where the Royal Court of Jersey made new law on the scope of the duties of trust protectors and the grounds on which they may be removed from office

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