About Carl


LLM (Exon)(International Business Law), of Lincoln’s Inn and the Middle Temple, Barrister-at-Law (practising), TEP, SCMA accredited mediation advocate, and Certified Mediator. 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); and of the Institute of Art & Law in London (https://ial.uk.com/), where I am studying for a Diploma in Art Law.

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 private international law).

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.

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 cannot provide any legal advice or service until instructed.

As a public access Barrister I am under a professional duty to evaluate a new client and to explain certain ground rules before agreeing to act.

If you are a new client, please read the following page of my website (which explains the ground rules that apply to Public Access cases):

Public Access Barrister & Mediator – Contentious Probate, Inheritance Act, & Trust Disputes – Carl Islam

and then 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 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 (Oxford University Press) is a rigorous peer-reviewed journal, which is sold and distributed worldwide.

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. 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.

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 next article, which I am currently co-writing with a leading Trust law academic, is about ‘Duties and Powers of Executors and Trustees in relation to Property and Investments’.

In 2022 I am also planning to co-author an article provisionally entitled, Tools and Strategies for Mediating International Family Trust Disputes.’

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