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 Probate, Trust (including Co-Habitation and Ownership of Property), & Art Disputes.

I also advise about Breach of Fiduciary Duty claims and Equitable Remedies, see:

Breach of fiduciary duty claims and the quiet fiduciary thesis | Trusts & Trustees | Oxford Academic (oup.com)

Equitable compensation arising out of sale of a property ordered under section 14 TLATA | Trusts & Trustees | Oxford Academic (oup.com)

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 also 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 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 ‘Electing between equitable remedies’, was published by Oxford University Press  in Trusts & Trustees, in Issue 2 of the current volume (28) on 16 December 2021. There is a link on the ‘Publications’ page of this website. See also my blog or Google ‘Carl’s Wealth Planning Blog.’

I am also the author of Tax-Efficient Wills Simplified’ (which is available to purchase as an Amazon Kindle book): Tax-efficient Wills Simplified 2014/15: Amazon.co.uk: Carl Islam: 9781852527396: Books , and my next article, which I am writing for ‘Taxation’ (Tolley) in February 2022 is  entitled, ‘Transformative Mediation And Tax-Efficient Settlement Of Probate Disputes.’ To read the Abstract please click on this link:

My next article | Carl’s Wealth Planning Blog

I am a member of the Institute of Art & Law in London, where I am studying part-time for a Diploma in Art Law, which I am aiming to complete during 2022. The provisional title of my three Diploma essays, which I am planning to write during the summer of 2022 is:

  • ‘Multi-jurisdictional claims and PIL in art and cultural heritage litigation: characterisation of claims; applicable law; jurisdiction; and the doctrine of forum non-conveniens.’
  • ‘The doctrine of Sovereign Immunity in art and cultural heritage litigation.’
  • ‘Practical ethics in the mediation of art and cultural heritage disputes.’

For more information please visit the ‘Mediation of Art & Cultural Heritage Disputes’ page of this website.

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