How I can help

I specialise in the mediation of Probate, Estate, Trust & Art disputes.

Provided the amount in dispute (including costs) is within my PI cover, I can be appointed as either a:

(i) Mediator, for either a face to face or Zoom/Teams Mediation taking place anywhere in the world; or

(ii) Mediation Representative, for a mediation taking place within England and Wales.

See below and:

Prior to entering private practice, I worked in-house for Rolls-Royce and Alstom (in Paris), tax structuring, drafting, and negotiating deals in multiple jurisdictions around the world (principally in the Far East, including China, Malaysia, and India). As a Mediation Advocate, I approach doing a deal in settlement of a dispute with the benefit of that commercial experience and can apply a degree of ‘nous’. As a Mediator, I can also use my ‘commercial’ antennae to help parties re-frame their dispute as an opportunity.

As a practising Barrister exercising full rights of audience in all courts in England and Wales, I am also developing Tax Appeals as a niche practice area for Income Tax, CGT, Inheritance Tax & Corporation Tax Disputes (including disputes about the fiscal domicile of individuals and the residence of trusts), and have been commissioned by Taxation (Tolley) to write an article in 2023 about the ‘Mediation of Tax Disputes.’


Carl Amir-Ul Islam, B.Soc.Sc (Keele) (Law & Political Science) (Joint-Honours), LLM (Exon)(International Business law), Barrister (Lincoln’s Inn), TEP, SCMA Accredited Mediation Advocate, Accredited Mediator and MSoM (Full Member of the Society of Mediators in London), (Membership Number: 61667028). Member of the Chancery Bar Association, STEP (, and of the Institute of Art & Law ( Author of ‘Tax-Efficient Wills Simplified’ (Amazon Kindle): Tax-efficient Wills Simplified 2014/15: Carl Islam: 9781852527396: Books, the ‘Contentious Probate Handbook’ (published by the Law Society on 1 October 2016): Wildy & Sons Ltd — The World’s Legal Bookshop Search Results for isbn: ‘9781784460600’, and the ‘Contentious Trusts Handbook’:  Wildy & Sons Ltd — The World’s Legal Bookshop Search Results for isbn: ‘9781784461249’. I also have a Certificate in Islamic Banking & Finance (MIHE), and am dual qualified as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court.

Chambers of Ian Mayes QC, First Floor, 1 Essex Court, Temple, London EC4Y 9AR (

I have been invited by:

(i)  The Law Society of Singapore to present a Zoom talk in August about the ‘Mediation of Probate Disputes.’

(ii)  The Law Society of England & Wales, to submit a Book Proposal for a second edition of the Contentious Probate Handbook. I will draft the outline proposal in November 2022, for submission in December. The first edition has sold out. Dr Hugh Series who is a NHS Consultant in old age psychiatry and a member of the Faculty of Law at the University of Oxford, is contributing a standalone Practice Note for inclusion in the book as an Appendix about ‘Mental disorders.’

I am also studying part-time for a Diploma in Art Law at the Institute of Art & Law in London (see the ‘Art & Cultural Heritage Law’ page of this website), and  have an academic research interest in the existence of ‘Fiduciary Principles for the Protection of Cultural Heritage under International Humanitarian Law’ – see my essay, the ‘Fiduciary Theory of Art’ on the ‘Mediation of Art & Cultural Heritage Disputes’ page of this website.