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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, over the next 18 months, the trials lined up include a large domestic fraud case, a high value Family Division trusts and divorce trial, a pensions liberation fraud and tracing claim, a 6 week trial attacking the trustees’ exercise of discretion and a pensions regulatory trial before the Upper Tribunal.  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 took silk in 2016 and is ranked in the directories for trusts, offshore, traditional chancery and high net worth work (Chambers and Partners) and civil fraud, commercial litigation, pensions and private client (Legal 500). For example, the most recent Chambers and Partners states for offshore work that he is a “real star”, Chambers High Net Worth states for traditional chancery work that “he very very quickly gets to grips with complicated cases. He has a good bedside manner. He gets the issues and is a great public speaker. He’s very fluent. I can think of no improvements”, and the most recent Legal 500 states for Pensions that he is “exceptionally talented with great tactical awareness”.

Before taking silk he was described by Legal 500 as “[o]ne of the best juniors at the Bar, with a stellar future in front of him” (private client) and a “pensions star” and by Chambers and Partners as “exceptionally talented”, “hugely intelligent” and “He is excellent at making a complicated case seem simple for a judge. He was previously listed as one of the 10 stars of the junior commercial and chancery bar in Legal Week, and as one of the 10 future stars of the Bar in The Times, which commented that “he has it all- no wonder he’s in demand”.

He was shortlisted for ACTAPS Contentious Barrister of the Year 2014-2015.

He is the youngest member of the Trust Law Committee.