About Carl


Chambers of The Rt Hon Sir Tony Baldry, 1 Essex Court, Temple, London EC4Y 9AR (www.1ec.co.uk), and Averose Chancery Chambers in Leicestershire.

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 arrange an initial fixed fee meeting in London, please telephone the Clerks at 1 Essex Court on 0207 936 3030, or email your enquiry to clerks@1ec.co.uk.

Alternatively, to enquire about instructing me directly 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:

• contentious probate; and

• drafting wills, lifetime trusts, and deeds of variation.

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 founder of the Diplomatic Law Guide (www.diplomaticlawguide.com) which appears on page 1 of the following pages of Google:

  • ‘bilateral and regional trade agreements law’; and
  • ‘bilateral trade agreements lawyer’.

I am currently researching and writing a new handbook provisionally entitled ‘The Drafting And Interpretation Of Trade Agreements’, for publication in 2018. 

The content of the book includes:

Glossary of terms;


–       Strategic objectives and options;

–       Draftsman’s tool-box;

–       Treaties and MOU’s;

–       Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties 1969 (‘VCLT’);


–       Purpose, scope, and territorial application;

–       Reservations;

–       Pre-conditions;

–       Duration and termination;

–       Amendment;


–      Drafting style and techniques;

–      Form and content;

–      Title;

–      Preamble;

–      Main text;

–      Final clauses;

–      Testimonium and signature block;

–     Annexes (if any);

Substantive obligations;

Dispute resolution;

WTO compliance;

Concluding a trade agreement:

–      Capacity;

–      Full powers;

–      Adoption and authentification;

–      Consent to be bound;

–      Entry into force;



–       VCLT;

–       Precedents (Model clauses, MOU’s, and diplomatic notes); and

–       WTO dispute settlement procedures, evidence, proof, and fact-finding.

Prior to entering private practice as a commercial solicitor and subsequently as a Barrister, I worked in-house for the Rolls-Royce Industrial Power Group and for Alstom (in Paris), structuring, drafting, and negotiating major contracts which were awarded in Malaysia, India, and China.

To view my internet rankings please Google either:

• ‘FTA barrister’;

• ‘free trade agreements barrister’;

• ‘preferential trade agreements barrister’; and

• ‘trade agreements barrister’;

for which I have recently been listed on page 1.

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