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Lawrence Cohen QC

Call: 1974    QC: 1993

+44 (0)20 7306

Trusts, Tax, Probate & Estates

The special type of private client work fits perfectly into the wider offshore and business practice of this highly experienced and mature silk. He undertakes only a small number   of cases each year. All are very high value (often measured in billions rather than millions), complex and require intensive work, sometimes over prolonged periods. Over recent years, he has been instructed by family offices and a small number of very large trusts in connection with their structures and operations.

Three points differentiate Lawrence’s practice: (1) almost all trust cases are offshore or international in character rather than domestic, (2) clients are usually the super rich or their family offices or equivalent, (3) he often works on non-contentious issues.

Where litigation is involved, it is often in one of the Caribbean offshore jurisdictions such as Cayman or the Bahamas, where he has appeared in court on literally hundreds of occasions. To thrive in this highly competitive arena of world class players is itself probably the greatest testimony to his standing in this market.

He has a charming but penetrating style that always cuts right through to the heart of the issues. His advocacy is simple, clear and compelling.  Perhaps unusually amongst his competitors in this area is his ability to conduct effective but short cross-examinations of difficult witnesses.