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Judith has an extensive trust litigation and advisory practice. She combines excellent analytic abilities with a practical approach and is valued for her clear explanations and client-friendly manner. She frequently advises trustees on the variation of trusts, the scope and exercise of trustee powers, and trust administration generally. In addition, she has substantial experience of a broad range of chancery law, acting in cases relating to the validity, construction and rectification of wills and the administration of estates (including family provision cases), co-ownership disputes, and professional negligence claims relating to trusts and estates.
Judith qualified as a mediator in 2011 and has since acted as mediator in a wide range of cases in the chancery field, including claims involving testamentary capacity, breach of contract, negligence, administration of estates, co-ownership of property, and a directors’ dispute.
Judith is consistently ranked as a ‘leading junior’ in Chambers and Partners for ‘Chancery Traditional’ and ‘Trusts – London (Bar)’, and in The Legal 500 for ‘Private Client: trusts and probate’.
In the current editions she is described as “Hugely experienced and practical” (The Legal 500, 2019) and “Brilliant with clients and has a sure touch when dealing with sensitive cases in which parties may be quite adversarial. She is very calm and demonstrates good judgement”, “Very bright and pragmatic in relation to trust issues” and “sensible, never flustered, very personable and very approachable” (Chambers and Partners, 2019).
Previous editions describe her as an “exceptional”, “bright” and “impressive” junior, who is “recommended for Variation of Trusts Act applications” and “excellent at complex trust drafting” bringing “great technical skill” and a “thorough and practical approach to problem solving”. She is “very easy with the clients as she’s approachable, empathetic and down-to-earth” and “very nice to work with, very calm and someone who gives very clear advice”, “absolutely a safe pair of hands”, “very pragmatic and measured in her advice” and “user-friendly”.
Core areas of her practice include:
- Administration of trusts, including taxation of trusts
- Disputes involving trusts and trustees
- Construction and rectification of trust documents
- Drafting trust documents
- International trusts and conflict of laws
- Applications to court under the Variation of Trusts Act 1958
- Trustees’ applications to court for directions
- Wills, including construction, rectification and testamentary capacity
- Administration of estates
- Applications to court under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975
- Trust issues in divorce