About Carl


Head of Averose Chancery Chambers in Leicestershire (www.ihtbar.com) and door tenant in the Chambers of Sir Tony Baldry, First Floor, 1 Essex Court, Temple, London (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 the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (www.step.org).

To enquire about instructing me please send an email to carl@ihtbar.com or contact my Clerk at 1 Essex Court:

Tel: 020 7936 3030 or 020 7832 1010.

Tel out of hours: 07721 866 858.

Email: clerks@1ec.co.uk

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.

Whilst I principally appear in the Business and Property Courts and Central London County Court, I have expanded my advocacy practice to include: (i) Court of Protection hearings; and (ii) Judicial Review proceedings in the Administrative Court.

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 2016 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.*

My article, ‘Equitable compensation arising out of sale of a property ordered under s.14 TLATA’ was published by Oxford University Press, in Trusts & Trustees, Volume 23, Issue 10, 1 December 2017, Pages 990–995: https://academic.oup.com/tandt

Trusts & Trustees is the leading international journal on trust law and practice. The most significant source of information in its field, the journal is essential for all trusts practitioners and lawyers … The journal is ideal for international trust lawyers working in both private practice and in-house in trust companies; trusts practitioners; and those working in trust companies. It will also be an essential source of reference for academics specializing in trusts; members of the judiciary; members of regulatory bodies; and institutional libraries.’ Oxford University Press.

I have been commissioned by [Publisher to be announced shortly] to write a new book for practitioners entitled the ‘Contentious Trusts Handbook – Practice and Precedents’, which is scheduled for publication in October 2019. For more information please visit the ‘Contentious Trusts Handbook’ page at www.carlislam.co.uk

I am also developing a solid theoretical grounding in Art and Heritage Law, Art Business, and Art Collecting, with the aim of developing Art and Antiquities Disputes‘ as a complimentary niche practice area linked to my: trust disputes; contentious probate; and mediation legal services. The appendix to the book will contain a note about trust disputes involving art and heritage assets, and I am developing a new page on this website to assemble legal resources and commentary on ‘Art and Antiquities Disputes’. Following publication of the book I plan to undertake the diploma course in ‘Art Law’ run by the Institute of Art and Law.

I have also been invited to write an article for publication in the Autumn edition of the Expert Witness Journal (ahead of the Bond Solon annual international Expert Witness Conference in London on 9 November 2018), entitled, ‘The Advocate and the Expert in the Court of Protection’. The first draft of the article was submitted to the publisher 13.02.2018, and the final draft, which will take into account all cases decided in the Court of Protection up to July 2018, is scheduled for submission on 30 August.

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