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Trusts in Litigation

Alexander Learmonth KC
Barrister at New Square Chambers


Appointed to silk in 2021, Alexander Learmonth KC was named Advocate of the Year at the 2020 STEP Private Client Awards, and is a finalist in the Chancery Silk category at the Chambers UK Bar Awards 2023. Described as “intellectually and technically remarkable” (Legal 500), he is renowned for his “first-rate strategic acumen” (Chambers HNW), and his “great advocacy and cross-examination skills” (Legal 500). Besides being “an excellent trial lawyer, cerebral but assertive”, “a commanding advocate”, and “a true team player who rolls up his sleeves,” he is also noted for being “charming” and “affable” with clients at what is often a stressful time.

His principal areas of practice are succession and trusts, both at home and abroad, having appeared in many major cases, at every level of court, including the first probate case ever to reach the Supreme Court, Marley v Rawlings. He is the editor of leading textbooks: 'Theobald on Wills' and 'Williams, Mortimer & Sunnucks on Executors, Administrators and Probate'.

Agenda Sessions

  • Resolving difficult 1975 Act Claims