Steven Kempster

Partner | London

Steven is a partner in the trust and succession 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, 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’. 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’.

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 Trusts and Estates Practitioners. He is also ranked as a leading individual in the Chambers Directory for HNW individuals.

Secretary Hollie Geaney


I have worked closely with Withers for a number of years and they never fail to impress. Steven Kempster is quick, articulate and pragmatic – the advice and service received is first class. He is on top of the law, always one step ahead, and is both tactical and thorough when dealing with any case.

Harash Sethi, Accountant - Cornelius Barton & Co

Steven Kempster acts on a range of UK and international trust disputes, and is described as ‘a safe pair of hands and a strong tactician .’

Chambers HNW 2017

Track record





We advised a beneficiary of a trust who was in dispute with another beneficiary and the trustee who was holding shares in a luxury fashion brand worth over €30 million. Court proceedings were ongoing in England and Italy, involving our London and Milan offices, before the trustee was successfully replaced and the other issues between the parties compromised to avoid publicity over the businesses involved.

Advising a blue-chip offshore trust company on its involvement in English divorce proceedings concerning attacks on trusts worth over £25 million. We handled the disclosure issues for the trustee and eventually the case was concluded without the trustee being formally joined to the English proceedings.

Our lawyers brought the highest value Inheritance Act claim to date in Wooldridge v Wooldridge (2016). We were acting for a widow who sought to increase provision under her husband’s will after his death in a helicopter accident. The will had been ‘homemade’, written without legal advice, and our client felt that her husband had intended to leave her a greater share of his assets.

England and Wales, 2000

Editor and contributing author to Oxford University Press’ International Trust Disputes published - January 2012

Contributing author to International Trust Precedents published by Longmans

‘Protecting Private Wealth from Europe to the Far East and beyond’, Global Business Magazine, World Trustee Report - 2012

Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists

Charity Law Association

Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners

Annual STEP Conference Series - April and May 2016

Challenging the Exercise of Fiduciary Powers, IBC Conference - March 2016

International Trusts and Private Client Forum, speaking on the Courts jurisdiction to bless or reject trustee decisions, Jersey - 2014



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