26 November 2008
Advising Prince Mukarram Jah, His Exalted Highness Nizam VIII of Hyderabad, in a dispute over funds held at Natwest for over 50 years (originally the subject of the House of Lords decision Rahimtoola v Nizam of Hyderabad  AC 379). The other parties to the dispute include the Governments of India and Pakistan. In Pakistan v Natwest and Ors  EWHC 55 (Ch) the High Court confirmed that Nizam’s claim to the funds may now proceed. Click here to see the decision.
Advising the former partner of Boris Berezovsky in respect of her various claims against his estate. Our client is awaiting permission to appeal Mr Justice Arnold ‘s decision in Gorbunova v The Estate of Boris Berezovsky deceased & others  EWHC 1829 (Ch) Click here to see the decision.
Advising the successful Plaintiffs who obtained a declaration from the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands about the ownership of assets which mitigated a potentially significant UK tax liability. Click here to see the decision.
Advising the Settlor bringing the application in the matter of the Representation of R  JRC 117 in which the Royal Court in Jersey confirmed that the test for mistake is different from that established by the English Court of Appeal in Pitt v Holt and Futter v Futter  EWCA Civ 197. The test formulated by the Jersey Royal Court was subsequently adopted on appeal by the English Supreme Court Pitt v Holt  UKSC 26.
Advising the executors in Spurling & another v Broadhurst & others  WTLR 1813 who sought a declaration to determine which of four possible constructions was the correct interpretation of the will.
England and Wales, 2005
‘International Trust and Divorce Litigation’, Jordans, Second Edition, co-author
‘Probate Disputes and Remedies’, Jordans, Third Edition
‘No Beneficiaries, no Trust?’, Jersey and Guernsey Law Review - October 2010
‘Wills and Probate update’, New Law Journal
Association Internationale des Jeunes Avocats (International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA)
Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS)
‘Location, Location, Location - legal and tax aspects for choosing the right place to live for Ultra High Net Worth Individuals’, AIJA conference, Chicago
‘To Disclose or Not to Disclose? Trustees’ duties of disclosure and beneficiaries’ rights to information’, Annual STEP Bermuda Conference
‘Regulation, consolidation, taxation – is the traditional trust model at risk?’, Businesslife Jersey Trusts Conference
‘Settlor Control and Influence’, ‘Stress Testing Trust Structures’ and ‘Cross Border Wealth Planning for Divorce’, IBC conferences
Me in a minute
I enjoy the challenge of my work
I specialise in disputes about trusts, wills and estates, predominantly with an international focus. I enjoy the challenge of my work which requires detailed knowledge of the law and the inter-play between different jurisdictions, combined with strategic planning, management of family dynamics and commercial sense.
My highest profile case is acting for His Exalted Highness the VIII Nizam of Hyderabad. The dispute is about the ownership of £35 million which the Nizam’s grandfather deposited with NatWest in London in 1948 and which is also claimed by the governments of India and Pakistan.
I am a Trustee of the Order of Malta Volunteers (OMV), part of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. The OMV runs holidays and religious pilgrimages for sick or disabled adults and children and I have been an active volunteer since university.
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