About Carl


Head of Averose Chancery Chambers in Leicestershire, and a door tenant at:

(i) [to be announced shortly]; and

(ii) 1 Essex Court, Temple, London EC4Y 9AR (www.1ec.co.uk).

LLM(Exon)(International Business Law), Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales (non-practising), of Lincoln’s Inn and the Middle Temple, Barrister-at-Law, TEP, SCMA accredited mediation advocate (www.mediationadvocates.org.uk). Member of the South Eastern Circuit, which includes London (www.southeastcircuit.org.uk), Chancery Bar Association (www.chba.org.uk), and a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (www.step.org).

To enquire about instructing me please send an email to carl@ihtbar.com.

I am a registered Public Access practitioner who can be instructed directly by members of the public (including executors and trustees) without the involvement of a solicitor, and specialise in will, trust, and inheritance disputes, and Court of Protection work.

I also undertake estate planning work, and draft wills, trusts, and deeds of variation for estates below £5m, and collaborate with an independent CTA in Birmingham who provides all necessary tax advice, and can act as an executor and trustee. Earlier in the year we jointly advised a client on the drafting of her will to obtain the benefit of the residential nil rate band, which involved bespoke drafting.

Later in the year I am developing Tax Disputes (for Income Tax, Corporation Tax, CGT, and Inheritance Tax) as a new practice area, to be provided as a joint-service with expert technical tax advice being given by an independent CTA. To download my 2014 Guide to the Mediation of Tax Disputes please visit: http://newsite.carlislam.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Guide-to-the-mediation-of-tax-disputes.pdf 

On 19 February 2016 my Practising Certificate was extended by the Bar Standards Board to authorise me to conduct litigation. In an appropriate case, this permits me to carry out day to day case management activities (including the issue of a Claim Form in any court in England and Wales) which are reserved to Solicitors, and in effect, to offer a one stop shop litigation and advocacy service to members of the public, from evaluation of the merits, evidence, and remedies, through to trial or settlement of the claim.

In June I appeared in the High Court in London as counsel for the claimant in Clark –v-  The Trustees of the Victor Hugo Fund (A Trust of Balliol College in the University of Oxford) & ors [2016] (which was a successful claim for rectification of a will that involved multi-jurisdictional issues). I was instructed through my own Chambers, Averose Chancery Chambers, and both appeared as an advocate and conducted the litigation, on a public access basis for a client who resides in another jurisdiction.

I am the author of the first edition of the ‘Contentious Probate Handbook’ (published by the Law Society on 1 October 2016), and was a guest speaker at the annual one day seminar of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS) in the City of London on 7 April 2016.

To download a copy of my paper (which is being serialised in the ACTAPS monthly Newsletter) please click on this link.*

I am also the author of ‘Tax-Efficient Wills Simplified 2014/2015’, (360 pages priced £14.24), which is available on Kindle for immediate download. For more information and reviews please visit the Amazon Kindle page at: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tax-Efficient-Wills-Simplified-Carl-Islam-ebook/dp/B00R4RL1AA/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr

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