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JONATHAN HILLIARD QC

Call: 2003    QC: 2016

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

Trusts, Tax, Probate & Estates

Jonathan is consistently ranked in Band 1 in Chambers & Partners for trusts work and separately for trusts and divorce work. Jonathan was shortlisted for ‘Chancery Silk of the Year’ at the Chambers & Partners UK Bar Awards 2021.

A substantial part of Jonathan’s work concerns ultra-high net worth private trust litigation and associated advice. This encompasses the spectrum of domestic litigation, offshore work, trusts and divorce disputes and work with a fraud or other asset tracing element. His work involves a wide range of jurisdictions, from Jersey and Guernsey to Bermuda, the BVI, the Cayman Islands and Hong Kong. He commonly leads large teams on his trust matters and enjoys working as part of a large group.

The vast majority of his cases are confidential, but for example he has recently been involved in complex litigation in Jersey, Guernsey, Bermuda, in litigation domestically in the Family Division and in litigation with Hong Kong links to name a handful. e.g.

  • He has been involved in a number of multi-$bn / 100m trusts and fraud matters across a range of jurisdictions, including novel sham and similar issues;
  • He is involved in two long running Guernsey disputes, both of which have involved trips to the Guernsey CA;
  • He has been involved in a number of long running multi-$100m trust and divorce cases both in England and abroad;
  • He has been involved in a number of high profile multi-$bn / 100m Hong Kong disputes.

Over recent years, a significant amount of his trusts work with an international element has concerned attacking and defending complex offshore structures, whether in the divorce context or in offshore proceedings involving fraud and other linked routes of attack. He has significant expertise in the divorce context and is often instructed as part of a family team.

On the domestic side, he acts in rectification, VTA and other similar court cases concerning trusts and estates, and frequently finds himself in the Chancery Division and Family Division on such cases.

Aside from the comments mentioned in the overview of his practice, the most recent Legal 500 states that he is “incredibly bright, user-friendly and responsive”.

He has longstanding experience in the Family Division having for example acted in the Tchenguiz Imerman v Imerman divorce and in cases like TM v AH [2016] EWHC 572 (Fam) about the joinder of offshore trustees.