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Citywealth's Top 100 trust litigators and polymaths

Citywealth conducted a research programme over several months to create a Top trust litigator list fit for purpose. One of the key questions asked was: who has impressed you most during current or past litigations? Their answers have revealed a list of peer recommended litigators who have negotiated with the toughest opponents, through the hardest circumstances and with very little on their side but brains, lateral thinking and a will to win. What must be pointed out to the casual observer here though is that litigations, despite sometimes, requiring a formidable approach, can take years to resolve and as one wise New York lawyer once said "running out of money is sometimes the best way to bring a long running dispute to an end". The advisors are listed by jurisdiction and alphabetic by surname.

3
Average: 3 (3 votes)

Jonathan Arr

Macfarlanes

Partner

3
Average: 3 (1 vote)

Nathaniel Barber

Kobre & Kim

Lawyer

3
Average: 3 (1 vote)

Helena Berman

Stephenson Harwood

Partner

3.25
Average: 3.3 (3 votes)

Justin Briggs

Burges Salmon

Partner

3.666665
Average: 3.7 (3 votes)

Michael Cash

Penningtons Manches Cooper

Partner

3
Average: 3 (1 vote)

Claire-Marie Cornford

Irwin Mitchell

Partner

3
Average: 3 (1 vote)

Ron Downhill

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

Consultant

3.333335
Average: 3.3 (3 votes)

Duncan Elson

Charles Russell Speechlys

Partner, Head of Litigation

3
Average: 3 (1 vote)

Jeremy Gordon

Farrer & Co

Partner

3
Average: 3 (1 vote)

Toby Graham

Farrer & Co

Partner, Head Contentious Trusts and Estates Group

3
Average: 3 (2 votes)

Nicholas Holland

McDermott Will & Emery

Partner

3
Average: 3 (1 vote)

Emma Jordan

Taylor Wessing

Partner

3
Average: 3 (1 vote)

Steven Kempster

Withers

Partner

3
Average: 3 (2 votes)

Graeme Kleiner

Charles Russell Speechlys

Partner, Head of Trusts and Estates

3.666665
Average: 3.7 (3 votes)

Mark Lindley

Boodle Hatfield

Partner

3
Average: 3 (1 vote)

Charles Lloyd

Macfarlanes

Partner

3
Average: 3 (2 votes)

Neil Long

Womble Bond Dickinson

Partner

0
Not rated

Richard Manyon

Payne Hicks Beach

Partner

3.5
Average: 3.5 (4 votes)

Myles McIntosh

Cripps Pemberton Greenish

Partner

0
Not rated

Jenny McKeown

Stephenson Harwood

Partner

4.71875
Average: 4.7 (16 votes)

Paula Myers

Irwin Mitchell

Partner

3.9375
Average: 3.9 (4 votes)

Catherine Naylor

Gowling WLG

Partner

3
Average: 3 (1 vote)

Richard Norridge

Herbert Smith Freehills

Partner

3
Average: 3 (1 vote)

Joanna Poole

Farrer & Co

Partner

3
Average: 3 (2 votes)

James Price

Stewarts

Partner, Head of Trust and Probate Litigation

3.8
Average: 3.8 (5 votes)

Robin Rathmell

Kobre & Kim

Partner

3.9375
Average: 3.9 (4 votes)

Stephen Richards

Withers

Partner

0
Not rated

Virginia Rylatt

Rylatt Chubb

5
Average: 5 (2 votes)
Keith Schilling

Keith Schilling

Schillings

Chairman, Senior Partner

0
Not rated

Jeremy Scott

Lipman Karas

Principal

4.52778
Average: 4.5 (9 votes)

Suzi Sendama

Mishcon de Reya

Managing Associate

0
Not rated

James Sidwell

Gowling WLG

Head of Commercial Litigation

3.9375
Average: 3.9 (4 votes)

Peter Steen

Mishcon de Reya

Partner

3.875
Average: 3.9 (2 votes)

Rupert Ticehurst

Maurice Turnor Gardner

Partner

0
Not rated

David Wedgwood

Anthony Gold

Partner

0
Not rated

Andrew Wilkinson

Shakespeare Martineau

Partner

3
Average: 3 (2 votes)

Gemma Willingham

Baker McKenzie

Partner

3
Average: 3 (1 vote)

Andrew Witts

Gowling WLG

Partner

0
Not rated

Andrea Zavos

Boodle Hatfield

Partner, Head of Private Client & Tax

4
Average: 4 (3 votes)

Alasdair Davidson

Bedell Cristin

Partner, Head of Litigation

0
Not rated

Gordon Dawes

Mourant

Partner

3
Average: 3 (2 votes)

Christian Hay

Collas Crill

Partner

4
Average: 4 (2 votes)

Alison Ozanne

Walkers

Partner

4
Average: 4 (2 votes)

Ian Swan

Babbe

Partner

4.875
Average: 4.9 (2 votes)

Stephen Alexander

Mourant

Partner

3.8
Average: 3.8 (5 votes)

Damian Evans

Ogier

Partner

4.107145
Average: 4.1 (7 votes)

James Gleeson

Dickinson Gleeson

Partner

3.333335
Average: 3.3 (3 votes)

Justin Harvey-Hills

Mourant

Partner and Advocate

0
Not rated

Richard Holden

Carey Olsen

Of Counsel

3
Average: 3 (2 votes)

Damian James

Collas Crill

Partner

3
Average: 3 (1 vote)

John Kelleher

Carey Olsen

Partner

3
Average: 3 (2 votes)

Andreas Kistler

Carey Olsen

Partner

3.75
Average: 3.8 (5 votes)

Bruce Lincoln

Mourant

Partner

0
Not rated

Mike Preston

Preston Legal

Advocate, Founder

4.194445
Average: 4.2 (9 votes)

Luke Olivier

Mourant

Counsel

3
Average: 3 (1 vote)

Philip Sinel

Sinels

Senior Partner

3
Average: 3 (2 votes)

Jonathan Speck

Mourant

Partner

0
Not rated

Sam Williams

Collas Crill

Of Counsel

3.333335
Average: 3.3 (3 votes)

David Wilson

Oben Law

Partner

0
Not rated

Peter Maughan

Simcocks

Head Litigation

3
Average: 3 (1 vote)

Elliott Phillips

Signature Litigation

Partner, Head Gibraltar

4.5
Average: 4.5 (4 votes)

Aurélie Conrad Hari

Bär & Karrer

Partner

3
Average: 3 (1 vote)

Christian Girod

Schellenberg Wittmer

Partner

3
Average: 3 (1 vote)

Yves Klein

Monfrini Bitton Klein

Partner

3
Average: 3 (1 vote)

Daniel Tunik

Lenz & Staehelin

Partner, Head of Litigation

0
Not rated

Dr Manuel Liatowitsch

Schellenberg Wittmer

Partner

4.27778
Average: 4.3 (9 votes)

Tina Wüstemann

Bär & Karrer

Partner

0
Not rated

Matthew R Clark

Morris Nichols Arsht & Tunnell

Special Counsel

0
Not rated

Christopher P Simon

Cross and Simon LLC

Partner

0
Not rated

W Donald Sparks II

Richards, Layton & Finger, P.A

Director

0
Not rated

Scott E. Swenson

Connolly Gallagher LLP

Partner

0
Not rated

Gregory J Weinig

Connolly Gallagher LLP

Partner

0
Not rated

Sandra Sigler

Sigler Law Officers LLC

Founding Partner

0
Not rated

Harry P Susman

Susman Godfrey LLP

Partner

3
Average: 3 (2 votes)
Bonnie Lynn Chmil

Bonnie Lynn Chmil

Katten Muchin Rosenman

Partner

4.75
Average: 4.8 (6 votes)

Ronni Davidowitz

Katten Muchin Rosenman

Partner

0
Not rated

Gary B Freidman

Greenfield Stein & Senior, LLP

Partner

4.910715
Average: 4.9 (14 votes)
Joshua Rubenstein

Joshua Rubenstein

Katten Muchin Rosenman

National Chair of Private Wealth

0
Not rated

Gonzallo S Zeballos

BakerHostetler

Partner

3
Average: 3 (1 vote)

Adam F. Streisand

Sheppard Mullin

Partner, Head Private Wealth and Fiduciary Litigation

0
Not rated

Marco Turnquest

Lennox Paton

Partner

0
Not rated

Brian Simms QC

Lennox Paton

Senior Partner

0
Not rated

Grant Carroll

Ogier

Partner

3.833335
Average: 3.8 (6 votes)

Eleanor Morgan

Mourant

Partner

4.666665
Average: 4.7 (6 votes)

Bernadette Carey

Carey Olsen

Partner

3.5
Average: 3.5 (3 votes)

Carlos de Serpa Pimentel

Appleby

Partner, Global Group Head, Private Client and Trusts

0
Not rated

Lucy Diggle

Walkers

Senior Counsel

4.333335
Average: 4.3 (3 votes)

William Jones

Ogier

Counsel

4.3125
Average: 4.3 (8 votes)

Robert Lindley

Conyers

Counsel, Head of Cayman & BVI Private Client & Trust

3
Average: 3 (3 votes)

Neil McLarnon

Travers Thorp Alberga

Partner

3.4375
Average: 3.4 (4 votes)

Andrew Miller

Bedell Cristin

Partner

4.375
Average: 4.4 (6 votes)

Rachael Reynolds

Ogier

Partner and Head of Dispute Resolution for the Caribbean

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)

Hector Robinson QC

Partner

0
Not rated

Shelley White

Walkers

Partner

3.5
Average: 3.5 (2 votes)

Joanna Caen

PraxisIFM

Managing Director

3
Average: 3 (1 vote)

Elaine Chen

Clifford Chance

Partner

3
Average: 3 (1 vote)

Brian Gilchrist

Clifford Chance

Partner

0
Not rated

Ian Mann

Harneys

Asia Managing Partner

0
Not rated

Kevin So

Howse Williams

Partner

4.208335
Average: 4.2 (6 votes)

James Dickinson

Dickinson Gleeson

Partner