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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. 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.

Jonathan was shortlisted for ‘Chancery Silk of the Year’ at the Chambers & Partners UK Bar Awards 2021.

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

“Engaging, naturally curious, passionate about his subject and forensic in his examination of the facts. He is also clearly team-focused.” (Chambers & Partners 2022, Traditional Chancery); “He is so responsive and, night or day you very rarely have to wait very long for a response from him. I don’t think I’ve ever come across a barrister who has a greater appetite for hard work and the law.” “On another planet when it comes to detail” (Chambers & Partners 2021, Traditional Chancery)

“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)

“He is a titan when it comes to anything relating to trusts. He has a real in-depth knowledge of all the case law and he is great to deal with. He has got an incredible brain and can distil issues for the trustees.” “He is incredibly sharp and very clever but also incredibly user-friendly and super enthusiastic about everything.” (Chambers & Partners 2022, Offshore); “Sharp, focussed and a genuine team player – a real asset to have on board for a team assisting with larger cases.“ (The Legal 500 2022, Offshore); “…very talented and an exceptional litigator” “His intelligence and knowledge is astonishing” (Chambers & Partners 2021, Offshore);  “Jonathan is an extremely commercial and savvy trusts operator. He’s really passionate about his subject and knows it inside out.” “He’s a creative thinker and very clever.” (Chambers & Partners 2020, Offshore).

“He provides very client-focused advice and gets into the detail quickly.” (Chambers & Partners 2022, Pensions); “Jonathan is bright and insightful. A good communicator and makes himself available.“ (The Legal 500 2022, Pensions);He works very effectively and does excellent advocacy” “He is intellectually prodigious and always exceptionally well prepared “ (Chambers & Partners 2021, Pensions).

“Incredibly sharp and very user-friendly.” (Chambers & Partners 2022, Civil Fraud); “Extremely bright, energetic and a very good advocate” (Chambers & Partners 2021, Civil Fraud); “He is technically excellent.” “Very personable and level-headed in his advice.” (Chambers & Partners, 2020, Civil Fraud).

“He is engaging, naturally curious, passionate about his subject and forensic in his examination of the facts.” (Chambers & Partners 2022, Trusts); “A superstar.“ (The Legal 500 2022, Private Client: Trusts & Probate); “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).

“Good at advising on complex offshore trust issues in divorces. He’s bright, user-friendly, quick and someone who goes out of his way to assist.” “Jonathan is extraordinarily intellectual and has a huge breadth of commercial experience and chancery knowledge.” (Chambers & Partners 2022, Family/Matrimonial: Trusts/Tax Experts); “He’s a ferociously hard worker who never misses a deadline.” “One of the go-to chancery silks in the field, who handles highly substantial, complex cases and shows obsessive attention to detail. He is a real driving force in the case” (Chambers & Partners 2021, Family/Matrimonial: Trusts/Tax Experts); “… exceptionally clever, great with clients and lovely to work with as an instructing solicitor” (Chambers & Partners 2020, Family/Matrimonial: Trusts/Tax experts).