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Jonathan Hilliard QC

Call: 2003    QC: 2016

+44 (0)20 7306 0102jhilliard@wilberforce.co.uk

Practice Overview

Jonathan has a broad trusts and commercial practice. Much of his time is spent on private, pension and other commercial trust disputes and fraud disputes, both on and offshore. His litigation often takes him into other areas of law, and he has significant experience of cases with family, regulatory, insolvency and public law elements. For example, his trials over the last year include a large regulatory fraud trial, a high value Family Division trusts and divorce trial, a number of offshore trust hearings, a 6 week trial attacking the trustees’ exercise of discretion, and a 9 day Court of Appeal hearing on the duty of trust and confidence in the pensions context. He also has a significant advisory practice across this spectrum of work.

He very much enjoys the challenge of breaking down complex issues into simple, clear points and the advocacy involved in litigation, both oral and written.

He is ranked in the directories for trusts (private and pension), offshore, civil fraud, traditional chancery and high net worth work (Chambers and Partners) and civil fraud, commercial litigation, pensions and private client (Legal 500).

“One of the best young brains at the Bar. He has a ferocious work ethic, an incredible attention to detail, and a creative sense which is badly needed in this area”. (Chambers & Partners 2019 HNW)


“Very dependable and really knows his stuff. He’s on the ball and deeply analytical in his approach to complex matters.”
(Chambers & Partners 2019, Offshore); “He is an extraordinarily brilliant individual.” (Chambers & Partners 2018, Offshore)


“He has phenomenal brainpower. His work is tremendous and nothing fazes him. He is very bright and very hard-working.” “A joy to work with.”
(Chambers & Partners 2019, Pensions); “A true star that is rising at a meteoric rate.” (The Legal 500 2019, Pensions)


“Very user-friendly. He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of insolvency-based fraud issues.”
(Chambers & Partners 2019, Civil Fraud); “Excellent at making a complicated case seem simple for a judge.” (Chambers & Partners 2018, Civil Fraud)


“An outstandingly intelligent guy and just one of the smartest people you will ever meet.”
(Chambers & Partners 2019, Trusts); “One of the best young silks in the business.” (The Legal 500 2019, Trusts)