Steven Kempster

Partner | London

Steven is a partner in the trust, estate and inheritance disputes team.

He specialises in the resolution of disputes relating to the formation or administration of trusts and estates in a UK and international context. Recent cases have included disputes relating to trusts and estates in the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, Switzerland, Gibraltar, Liechtenstein, Hong Kong, Singapore, Cayman Islands and Bermuda. He also advises on charity law matters, including dispute resolution where UK charities are involved.

Steven has been described by Chambers Global as a ‘leading figure’ and ‘esteemed litigator’. He is named as a Leading Lawyer in the Contentious Trusts category of Citywealth’s Annual Guide to the Most Highly Regarded Figures in Private Wealth Management. Steven is also listed as a leading practitioner in Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Trust and Estates Practitioners. In 2017, 2018 and 2019 Steven was nominated in Legal Week’s Private Client Global Elite of international advisers. In 2011, Steven was included in The Lawyer magazine’s annual ‘Hot 100’ list of lawyers who have consistently demonstrated nimbleness and innovation over the last 12 months.

Secretary Hollie Geaney


Steven is someone I would rate highly. He is calm, measured, charming and easy to deal with.

Chambers HNW, 2021

Steven Kempster is a delight to work with and is a great strategist.

Chambers HNW, 2022

Track record





Steven acts in many of the largest and most complex international trust and succession disputes, the majority of which are resolved successfully without a public court decision. Recent cases that have been reported include:

Acting for high-net worth international businessman on successfully setting aside transfers into various offshore trusts that had triggered unnecessary tax on £10m+ (heard in English court in August 2019)

Acting for beneficiaries of an estate in proceedings that went to the Court of Appeal in England on the issue of removing executors of a Will and on the costs of the dispute; reported as Griffin v Higgs [2018]

England and Wales, 2000

Editor and contributing author to Oxford University Press’ International Trust Disputes, first edition 2012, second edition 2020

STEP Journal article on Arbitration of Trust Disputes, March 2019

Wealth Management Spotlight on Contentious Trusts, Spears Magazine, September 2017

Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists

Charity Law Association

Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners

International Chamber of Commerce event in London, launching the ICC’s draft clause for the arbitration of trust disputes, November 2018

Panellist - ‘Wealthy families in dispute’, Private client dining club, London - May 2018

STEP, Hong Kong branch, lecture on ‘Trust and divorce’ - February 2018



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