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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 ranked in band 1 in Chambers & Partners 2019 for trusts work, describing Jonathan as “very bright and hard-working. He’s a real rising star amongst the young QCs and has a phenomenal appetite for work and phenomenal brainpower”. 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.

Jonathan aims above all to be direct and succinct in his advocacy and advice, and to be approachable and easy to deal with. He enjoys the challenge of delivering simple, clear advice on complex technical issues, often to foreign clients and frequently as part of a team where he is there to provide the specific trusts expertise.

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”.

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.

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.