Practice overview

Lemuel has developed a broad commercial chancery practice since joining Chambers in September 2020 upon successful completion of his pupillage. Lemuel regularly appears in both the County Court and the High Court, whether on his own or as part of a larger counsel team. From August to October 2023, Lemuel was seconded to the litigation department at Carey Olsen, Guernsey, where he worked on a variety of trusts, insolvency and commercial disputes.

Prior to joining Chambers, Lemuel worked as a paralegal at Burgess Mee Family Law, a boutique family law firm in London and recognised as one of The Times Best Law Firms 2019, where he assisted with matrimonial finance matters (particularly those involving trusts) and property disputes between co-habitants. Whilst studying for the BPTC, Lemuel volunteered with the University of Law Litigation Programme, advising clients on family disputes, culminating in representing a client at a combined fact-finding and final hearing where Lemuel represented the successful respondent mother.

Lemuel is a Bedingfield Scholar of Gray’s Inn, and holder of the Hebe Plunkett Award. At King’s College London, he was awarded a Dickson Poon Scholarship.

Commercial disputes

Notable and recent cases include:

  • Acting as junior counsel for the defendant and additional claimant in Green v White Lantern Film [2023] EWHC 930 (Ch) (led by Max Mallin KC and James Goodwin).
  • Acting as junior counsel for the defendants in Mitchell v Al Jaber [2023] EWHC 364 (Ch) (led by Clare Stanley KC) in the trial of a claim brought by a liquidator for breach of fiduciary duty, breach of trust, and unlawful means conspiracy with damages claimed in the sum of $3.5 billion.
  • Acting as junior counsel for the successful appellants in the Court of Appeal in Al Jaber v Mitchell v Al Jaber [2021] EWCA Civ 1190 (led by Clare Stanley KC) relating to the scope of witness immunity in the context of examinations under section 236 Insolvency Act 1986.
  • Advising as to the construction and effect of personal guarantees.

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    Permission to appeal in Mitchell v Al Jaber [2023] EWHC 364 (Ch)

    Company law, Commercial disputes, International / offshore

    Clare Stanley KC | Jia Wei Lee | Lemuel Lucan-Wilson
    Wednesday 5 April 2023

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    Events / Webinars

    Wilberforce Insolvency Conference 2022

    Wednesday 13 July 2022 | 12.20pm - 6pm, followed by drinks
    Convene (and online via Zoom), 22 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4BQ

    £120 + VAT | 4.0 CPD

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    Wilberforce Commercial Conference 2022

    Thursday 24 March 2022 | 9am - 5.20pm followed by drinks
    Kimpton Fitzroy Russell Square (and online via Zoom), London

    £195 + VAT | 5.0 CPD

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Lemuel's expertise

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Property

Notable and recent cases include:

  • Successfully representing the defendants in a small-claims trial regarding a property management company’s alleged failure to take necessary steps to prevent dry rot outbreaks.
  • Advising as to the correct interpretation of overage provisions.
  • Advising and drafting pleadings in relation to a claim for infringement of a right of way.
  • Drafting pleadings in relation to a claim for post-sale damage and disrepair.
  • Advising clients in claims for disrepair and the extent of landlord repair obligations.
  • Successfully settling, following advice and drafting, a claim regarding the construction of boundary wall features.
  • Advising on the application of the Party Wall Act 1996.
  • Advising on claims for nuisance regarding noise in apartment buildings.

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    Wilberforce Birmingham Property Seminar 2024

    Thursday 7th March 2024 | 3pm - 5.55pm, followed by drinks
    The Grand Hotel, Birmingham

    Free to attend | 2.0 CPD

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    Leeds Property Seminar & Drinks Event 2023

    Thursday 15th June 2023 | 3.15pm - 6pm, followed by drinks and pool at Pinnacle
    Leeds Marriott

    Free to attend | 1.75 CPD

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    Manchester Property Seminar & Drinks Event 2023

    Wednesday 14th June 2023 | 3.15pm - 6pm, followed by drinks and shuffleboard at Box Deansgate
    The Edwardian Manchester (A Radisson Collection Hotel)

    Free to attend | 1.75 CPD

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Trusts, probate and estates: contentious

Notable and recent cases include:

  • Acting as junior counsel (led by Jonathan Hilliard KC) in advising a beneficiary of an UHNW multi-jurisdictional trust in overseas proceedings brought by the trustee due to unprecedented geo-political circumstances.
  • Advising defendants in pre-issue contested probate matters including issues of lack of capacity, undue influence and the validity of debts allegedly owed by the estate.
  • Advising and representing clients in various TOLATA claims, up to and including trial, closing submissions and costs, as well as pre-action assistance in drafting letters before claim and responses thereto.
  • Advising on the application of sections 27 and 61 Trustee Act 1925 regarding an executor who had mistakenly paid out the estate wrongfully.
  • Advising on the removal of a trustee for failure to deal with the trust fund.
  • Advising on breach of trust claims regarding an alleged breach by a trustee in their resignation.
  • Lemuel frequently advises on the effect and interpretation of deeds of settlement which have been used to settle family law disputes.

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    External Conferences

    Informa Connect and ConTrA Trusts in Litigation Conference 2024

    Thursday 21st March 2024
    Budapest Marriott Hotel, Budapest

    Speakers:
    Lemuel Lucan-Wilson

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    Wilberforce Trusts Litigation Day 2024

    Monday 29th January 2024 | 9am - 5.35pm, followed by drinks and dinner
    InterContinental Park Lane, London

    £299 - £360 + VAT | 5.5 CPD

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    Articles

    Taking risks and tax avoidance – Bhaur v Equity First Trustees (Nevis) Ltd [2023] EWCA Civ 534

    Article by Lemuel Lucan-Wilson, 31st July 2023 To read or download this article as a PDF, please click here. The recent case of Bhaur v Equity First Trustees (Nevis) Ltd [2023] EWCA Civ 534 provides a timely reminder of the... Read more

    By Lemuel Lucan-Wilson
    Monday 31 July 2023

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    The boundaries of blessing applications – Re XYZ Trusts [2022] SC (Bda) 10 Civ

    To read and download this piece as a pdf, please click here. Commentary by Lemuel Lucan-Wilson The hearing dealt with a blessing application made by trustees in connection with the restructuring of the trust funds. of some 23 settlements between sub-funds in... Read more

    By Lemuel Lucan-Wilson
    Thursday 31 March 2022

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Trusts, probate and estates: non-contentious

Notable and recent cases include:

  • Advising as to a proposed trust arrangement for damages obtained by a minor pursuant to CPR 21.11.
  • Advising as to the correct interpretation and drafting of wills for purposes of construction and tax, including business property relief.
  • Advising as to the inheritance act treatment of a proposed Deed of Appointment in relation to the transfer of a reversionary interest.
  • Advice on deeds of variation for wills.

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    Events / Webinars

    Wilberforce Trusts Litigation Day 2024

    Monday 29th January 2024 | 9am - 5.35pm, followed by drinks and dinner
    InterContinental Park Lane, London

    £299 - £360 + VAT | 5.5 CPD

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    The boundaries of blessing applications – Re XYZ Trusts [2022] SC (Bda) 10 Civ

    To read and download this piece as a pdf, please click here. Commentary by Lemuel Lucan-Wilson The hearing dealt with a blessing application made by trustees in connection with the restructuring of the trust funds. of some 23 settlements between sub-funds in... Read more

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    Thursday 31 March 2022

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    The modern family – the interpretation of children, spouses and civil partners in older trust deeds

    To download and read this piece as a pdf, please click here. Commentary by Lemuel Lucan-Wilson. It has become cliché to say that modern familial arrangements are vastly different now to how they were 50 years ago, but that does not make... Read more

    By Lemuel Lucan-Wilson
    Wednesday 17 February 2021

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Professional liability

Notable and recent cases include:

  • Advising, drafting and representing various solicitors’ and others’ professional negligence claims from pre-action through to trial, including:
    • Advising, drafting and successfully defending at trial an accountant alleged to have failed to properly advise as to the tax consequences of a business sale.
    • Advising on the loss of potential claims of negligent misrepresentation during a property sale due to limitation periods.
    • Advising and drafting on the failure to correctly identify a pension in divorce proceedings and subsequent potential limitation difficulties.
    • Advising and drafting on the failure to name the correct claimant before the expiration of limitation in a claim regarding mis-selling of interest-rate swap products where the underlying claim had complex issues regarding the calculation of damages and remoteness.
    • Advising on errors in will-drafting and the effect this would have on the taxation of the estate.

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    WATCH: What are the benefits of pleading breach of fiduciary duty claims against professionals?

    Friday 18 June 2021 | 9am - 10am
    Online, Zoom

    1.0 CPD

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Lemuel's Details

BSB/VAT information

Registered name: Mr Lemuel Angrave Mensah Lucan-Wilson
VAT number: 357929545

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Qualifications and Appointments

  • LLB (Hons) Law, King’s College London, First Class (Dickson Poon Scholar)
  • Wragge & Co Prize for Law of Trusts
  • Bedingfield Scholar, Gray’s Inn
  • Hebe Plunkett Award, Gray’s Inn
  • BPTC, University of Law
  • LLM Bar Practice, Distinction, University of Law

Memberships

  • Chancery Bar Association
  • ConTrA
  • Society of Visually Impaired Lawyers

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