Contentious trusts & asset tracing

Contentious private client disputes, which often involve challenges to Trusts and Wills, are increasingly on the rise. These disputes are often international in nature and involve a consideration of complex arrangements, which have been established over many years.

Our specialist team, within the Dispute Resolution group has extensive experience on advising on a wide variety of private client disputes. Including a niche expertise in advising where there are allegations of fraud (for example, where assets have been dissipated by a client’s trusted advisor) and urgent advice is required to maximise the prospects of recovery. Often by obtaining personal and proprietary freezing injunctions and ancillary disclosure orders and/or disclosure orders against third parties caught up in the fraud. Where advice on potential criminal remedies is required the team works with other leading law firms who are specialist in this area.

The team prides itself on identifying the client’s objectives at an early stage of the process and ensuring that it delivers an appropriate strategy which meets those objectives, efficiently and cost effectively.

The team often works with those lawyers in the firm’s leading Private Capital group who are specialists in the areas of international tax planning and succession. The team has an extensive network of contacts with other law firms and professionals in all of the major offshore jurisdictions.