Geoff is the head of the Will and Trust Disputes team. He qualified in California in 2004 and was a litigator in San Francisco for three years before qualifying in England in 2008. Before joining BDB, Geoff practiced at Withers for eight years.
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 3rd 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.
While he was in law school, Geoff clerked in the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, conducting committal proceedings for felonies including armed robbery and vehicular manslaughter.
– Named in the Citywealth ‘Future Leaders 100’ List 2017
– Awarded silver for ‘Outstanding Individual of the Year’ at the Citywealth Future Leaders Awards 2016
– Named as one of Legal Week’s 2017 Global Elite.
Geoffrey Kertesz – ‘exceptional’ and ‘the complete package. He has an extremely impressive grasp of the law as well as being a shrewd tactician’ Legal 500 UK 2017
Geoffrey Kertesz – ‘he cut through all the rubbish and identified the core issues. I felt he was there for us 100%. He went above and beyond. Some solicitors can be a bit stuffy, but he was very personable while being very professional.’ Chambers & Partners HNW Guide 2017
Geoffrey Kertesz ‘has a fantastic eye for spotting things that other people miss.’ Legal 500 UK 2016
- Bourke v Favre  EWHC 277 (Ch): Proprietary estoppel claim relating to one of a handful of privately held villages in England.
- Tadros v Barratt  EWHC 2860 (Ch): Cross-border probate action involving English, Dutch, Sudanese, and French assets.
- AB Jnr & Or v MB & Ors  (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  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.
Memberships and professional bodies
- Author of Should the Law of Wills Change to Respond to Modernisation? (LexisNexis PSL, August 2017) >
- Author of Ilott v The Blue Cross: Giving Effect to Testamentary Wishes (LexisNexis PSL, March 2017) >
- Author of Section 1782: American Dream…or Nightmare? (Trusts & Trustees, April 2016) >
- Author of Ilott v Mitson: Forced Heirship through the Back Door? (LexisNexis PSL, August 2015) >
- Contributor to Probate Disputes and Remedies (Jordans, March 2014) >