How I can help


I practice as both a Barrister and CMC Registered Mediator and specialise in Trust & Estate Disputes, Art Cultural Heritage & Music Law.

1 EC Barristers, 3 Kings Bench Walk North, Inner Temple, London EC4Y 7HR (

(Barrister Details – Mr Carl Amir-Ul Islam (

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Member of the Art and Cultural Heritage Law | 1EC; Trusts, probate, & estates | 1EC; & Tax | 1EC Practice Groups.


B.Soc.Sc (Keele) (Law & Political Science) (Joint-Honours)*, LLM (Exon)(International Business Legal Studies), Diploma in Art Law (Institute of Art & Law) (London), Barrister (Lincoln’s Inn), TEP, SCMA Accredited Mediation Advocate, MSoM, CMC Registered Mediator. Member of the Southeastern Circuit, Chancery Bar Association, Revenue Bar Association, STEP (full member), and the Art Lawyers Association (Associate Member). Author of ‘Tax-Efficient Wills Simplified’ (Amazon Kindle): Tax-efficient Wills Simplified 2014/15: Carl Islam: 9781852527396: Books, the ‘Contentious Probate Handbook’ (published by the Law Society on 1 October 2016): Wildy & Sons Ltd — The World’s Legal Bookshop Search Results for isbn: ‘9781784460600’, and the Contentious Trusts Handbook’:  Wildy & Sons Ltd — The World’s Legal Bookshop Search Results for isbn: ‘9781784461249’. I am also a member of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple (Ad Eundem), and dual qualified as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court (remaining on the Roll). On 14.12.2023 I was appointed as an Advisory Board Member to the Standing Conference of Mediation Advocates in London (

*[Keele is a leading school of Political Science, International Relations & Diplomacy, see Keele Top 3 in England for Politics – Keele University]

I passed the Bar Finals exam when I was 23. My pupil masters at the Bar were David Marks KC (Chambers of Muir Hunter QC – now South Square Chambers); and Sir Nigel Davis KC (7 Stone Buildings – now Maitland Chambers). On completing pupillage I requalified as a solicitor, and was articled with Howard Kennedy (Trusts and Property); and Fox & Gibbons (Company Commercial), in Mayfair, London (which is now part of Dentons).

I then worked in-house for Rolls-Royce and Alstom (in Paris), tax structuring, drafting, and negotiating deals in multiple jurisdictions around the world (principally in the Far East, including China, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, and India), and resolving international commercial disputes. As a Mediation Advocate, I approach doing a deal in settlement of a commercial dispute with the benefit of that commercial experience and can apply a degree of ‘nous’. As a Mediator, I can also use my ‘commercial’ antennae to help parties re-frame their dispute as an opportunity.

I have been commissioned by the Law Society of England & Wales, to write a second edition of the Contentious Probate Handbook in 2024. Dr Hugh Series who is a NHS Consultant in old age psychiatry and a member of the Faculty of Law at the University of Oxford, is contributing a standalone Practice Note for inclusion in the book as an Appendix about ‘Mental disorders.’

At 4pm GMT on Thursday 24 October 2024, I will also be presenting a one hour online seminar for the SCMA worldwide about ‘Mediation Advocacy in Trust & Estate Disputes.’

In March 2025 I am starting work on the writing of a new book‘Art Cultural Heritage & Music Law.‘