Jessica is a Private Client lawyer who specialises in trusts and estates disputes. She is also a member of BCLP's unique Family Asset Protection team.

Jessica specialises in disputes relating to trusts, wills, tax planning and the administration of estates. She has particular expertise in trust law issues arising in the context of divorce. She also uses her litigation experience to inform asset protection and estate planning strategies designed to avoid disputes in the future.

Jessica is ranked as a Legal 500 “Next Generation Lawyer”. She has also been ranked consistently as an “Associate to Watch” in every publication of the Chambers HNW Guide and as “one to watch” by Legal Week’s Private Client Global Elite.

Jessica is the co-founder and co-chair of ConTrA (the Contentious Trusts Association) which runs informative seminars and conferences for over 400 members both in the UK and offshore.

Jessica is a member of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS) and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) having completed the Diploma in Trusts & Estates.

Legal 500 (2017): “one of the most impressive lawyers at associate level in London”.

Chambers (2016): "one of the best I have come across. I have been taken aback by her degree of judgement in someone so young."

Legal 500 (2018): “absolutely brilliant… she just knows this area of law inside out.  She is just so on top of everything.”

Chambers (2019): “She has a very good profile and even though she is not a partner, she has the right gravitas. She deals with things which are above her pay grade.”

Chambers HNW (2019) “a great tactician with incredible attention to detail” and “very good at handling difficult clients”.

Jessica is a Private Client lawyer who specialises in trusts and estates disputes. She is also a member of BCLP's unique Family Asset Protection team.

Jessica specialises in disputes relating to trusts, wills, tax planning and the administration of estates. She has particular expertise in trust law issues arising in the context of divorce. She also uses her litigation experience to inform asset protection and estate planning strategies designed to avoid disputes in the future.

Jessica is ranked as a Legal 500 “Next Generation Lawyer”. She has also been ranked consistently as an “Associate to Watch” in every publication of the Chambers HNW Guide and as “one to watch” by Legal Week’s Private Client Global Elite.

Jessica is the co-founder and co-chair of ConTrA (the Contentious Trusts Association) which runs informative seminars and conferences for over 400 members both in the UK and offshore.

Jessica is a member of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS) and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) having completed the Diploma in Trusts & Estates.

Legal 500 (2017): “one of the most impressive lawyers at associate level in London”.

Chambers (2016): "one of the best I have come across. I have been taken aback by her degree of judgement in someone so young."

Legal 500 (2018): “absolutely brilliant… she just knows this area of law inside out.  She is just so on top of everything.”

Chambers (2019): “She has a very good profile and even though she is not a partner, she has the right gravitas. She deals with things which are above her pay grade.”

Chambers HNW (2019) “a great tactician with incredible attention to detail” and “very good at handling difficult clients”.

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Representative Experience

Jessica specialises in trust and probate disputes in England and offshore. Her cases have included both bringing and defending removal of trustees, protectors and executors; rectification of trusts; setting aside and defending trusts on the basis of sham allegations; challenging trustees’ decisions and advising trustees on making decisions in contentious circumstances; challenging trustees’ fees; claims for breach of fiduciary duty; and professional negligence proceedings against tax and legal advisors. 

Jessica has also built up particular expertise in advising trustees and beneficiaries on issues of trust law in the context of financial proceedings on divorce – both in relation to proceedings in the Family Courts and in the corresponding offshore trust jurisdictions. 

As a private client lawyer with day-to-day experience of the Chancery Courts, Jessica is well placed to advise in respect of applications under the Variations of Trusts Act 1958. Jessica has acted in relation to the variations of several multi-million pound trust funds, coordinating the process of negotiation between the parties to achieve arrangements which were acceptable both to the parties and to the Court, while preserving the privacy of the families involved.

Most of Jessica’s cases result in confidential out of court Settlement, but she has also been involved in number of important published trust and estates cases over the last decade:

  • Slutsker v Haron [2013] EWCA Civ 430: the leading authority on trusts and matrimonial regimes
  • Brudenell-Bruce v Moore [2014] EWHC 3679 (Ch) application to remove trustees and claims for breaches of trust and repayment of unauthorised remuneration
  • Cotton & Moore v Brudenell-Bruce [2015] W.T.L.R. 39: appeal against trustees’ application under Public Trustee v Cooper for approval of the sale of the estate’s prized asset
  • Van der Merwe v HMRC [2016] EWHC 926 (Ch): a successful application to rescind a trust for mistake post Pitt v Holt
  • The Y Trust (The Cayman Islands Grand Court) (2016): an application for rectification of a mistake in a trust deed executed in 1982