About Carl


B.Soc.Sc (Keele) (Joint Honours) (Law & Political Science) (Tax Law Dissertation – ‘Taxation of UK Resident Foreign Domiciliaries’), LLM (Exon)(International Business Law), of Lincoln’s Inn and the Middle Temple, Barrister-at-Law (practising), TEP, SCMA accredited mediation advocate, MSoM, Certified Mediator and Panel Member of the Society of Mediators in London (Membership Number: 61667028).

Dual qualified as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court.

Chambers of Ian Mayes QC, First Floor, 1 Essex Court, Temple, London (www.1ec.co.uk).

I undertook pupillage in what is now Maitland Chambers in Lincoln’s Inn (where my pupil masters included Lord Justice Davis), am a member of the South Eastern Circuit, which includes London (www.southeastcircuit.org.uk), the Chancery Bar Association (www.chba.org.uk), the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (full member) (www.step.org); the Society of Mediators (www.societyofmediators.com), and of the Institute of Art & Law in London (https://ial.uk.com/).

As a Barrister I exercise rights of audience before every court in England and Wales in relation to all proceedings, and specialise almost exclusively in Contentious Probate, Inheritance Act, and Trust Disputes (including Co-Habitation and Ownership of Property).

As a registered Public Access Barrister I can be instructed directly by members of the public (including executors and trustees) without the involvement of a solicitor. For information about my terms and how to contact me, please read the ‘Public Access Barrister & Mediator’ page of this website.

I am authorised by the Bar Standards Board to conduct litigation. In an appropriate case, this permits me to carry out day to day case management (including the issue of a Claim Form in any court in England and Wales), which are activities reserved to Solicitors.

I am also the author of the first edition of the ‘Contentious Probate Handbook’ (published by the Law Society on 1 October 2016). My seventh book, the  ‘Contentious Trusts Handbook – Practice and Precedents’, was published by the Law Society in July 2020.  My latest article ‘Judicial-ENE and the New Normal’ was published by Trusts & Trustees (Oxford University Press) on 14 December 2020: Judicial-ENE and the ‘New Normal’ | Trusts & Trustees | Oxford Academic (oup.com)

My article new article ‘Electing between equitable remedies’, has been approved for publication by Oxford University Press for Publication in Trusts & Trustees, and is scheduled for publication in Issue 2 of the current volume (28).

I am also the author of Tax-Efficient Wills Simplified’: Tax-efficient Wills Simplified 2014/15: Amazon.co.uk: Carl Islam: 9781852527396: Books and am co-writing an article with Stephanie Churchill CTA for publication by Taxation early next year entitled,

‘The use of DOV’s, s.142 appointments with reading-back under s.144, and disclaimers, in settling a contentious probate dispute.’

I am also developing the outline of a six hour course to present by Zoom from May 2022 provisionally entitled,

‘Transformative Mediation’ – How to transform a Contentious Probate, Inheritance Act and Trust Dispute, into an opportunity to expand the pie by applying estate planning principles to develop bespoke and holistic family wealth structuring solutions.

See my blog: Using transformative mediation as an estate planning process? | Carl’s Wealth Planning Blog

Career prior to private practice

As a trainee solicitor I was articled at Fox & Gibbons in Mayfair, London, and principally undertook company & commercial, private client tax planning, and trust drafting work. My work also included advice to embassies and consulates in London, see: ‘The inviolability of diplomatic and consular premises.’ The Law Society Guardian Gazette 29th June 1988, Vol.95, cited in Wikipedia August 15th 2012 LINK. Text version available HERE.  Diplomatic law – Wikipedia. I am also an alumnus of King’s College London, University of London, where between 1998 and 2002, I studied part-time for an M.Phil./Ph.D. Prior to entering private practice, I worked in-house as a Legal Advisor for Rolls-Royce, and as a Juriste for Alstom (in Paris), and as part of a multi-disciplinary team negotiated multi-million pound contracts in-country in: Belgium (Brussels); Canada (Toronto); China (Beijing); India (Delhi, Calcutta & Mumbai); Japan (Tokyo); Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur); and South Korea (Seoul).  This work included innovative tax-efficient structuring for major contracts, which involved working closely with lawyers and corporate tax advisors in multiple jurisdictions, including India and China. In 1991, while on secondment to the Corporate Headquarters Legal Department of the Rolls-Royce Industrial Power Group, I undertook and completed the Rolls-Royce in-house training programme for Project Managers for major projects. In 2001, I obtained a Certificate in Islamic Banking and Finance (MIHE), and in 2002 I briefly visited Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School, as a visiting Scholar from King’s College London, to carry out research into Islamic Finance, see my blog: Islamic law principles applicable to the administration of trusts | Carl’s Wealth Planning Blog. 

For my publications, please visit the ‘Publications’ page of this website.

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