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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).

A real pleasure to work with, he’s one hundred percent committed and leads from the front. He has an excellent grasp of the law and facts.” (Chambers & Partners 2017, Offshore); “A real star” (Chambers & Partners 2016, Offshore)

He’s exceptionally bright, able to make complex issues simple, and a real pleasure to work with” (Chambers & Partners 2017, Pensions); “A fantastic pensions silk, who more than holds his own against more senior counsel.” (Legal 500)

Very user-friendly. He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of insolvency-based fraud issues.” “Excellent at making a complicated case seem simple for a judge.” (Chambers & Partners 2017, Civil Fraud); “One of the best young silks in the business and incredibly hardworking.” (Legal 500)

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” (Chambers & Partners High Net Worth)

Incredibly knowledgeable with regard to trust structures and the operation of complicated trusts. He knows everything inside-out, and is very good at simplifying complex trusts provisions into succinct and clear advice for clients.” “Practical and provides very clear and focused advice.” (Chambers & Partners 2017, Trusts)