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Practice areas

  • Contentious Trusts and Estates

Elizabeth advises individuals, families and family businesses in times of dispute. Working closely with specialist private client, family and corporate law colleagues, she is known for "going the extra mile", and for her collaborative and pragmatic approach. Clients value her technical ability, responsiveness and thoughtful manner. Elizabeth is also an accredited mediator.

Elizabeth advises on a wide range of complex commercial, trust, succession and private wealth disputes, which often involve multi-jurisdiction issues. She has a busy and thriving practice and has assisted on a number of well-known and high-value cases. Elizabeth’s clients include trustees (onshore and offshore) and beneficiaries; high net worth individuals and families with complex international assets, entrepreneurs and substantial family businesses.

Elizabeth has experience of all stages of the litigation process, from initial pre-action advice up to trial, and also in appeals, including Supreme Court appeals. Her experience extends to alternative forms of dispute resolution, such as arbitration and mediation.

In 2020, Elizabeth qualified as an accredited mediator in England and Wales, and also by the State Bar of California. Using her mediation skills, her focus is on finding the best solutions for her clients, resolving disputes, mitigating risk and trying to reach a consensual outcome where possible.

In 2017, Elizabeth was named as one of the ePrivateclient Top 35 Under 35 in recognition of her work in the contentious trusts and probate sector.


    • AF v MF & Ors [2016] EWFC 65
    • JSC Mezhdunarodniy Promyshelenniy Bank & Others v Sergei Viktorovich Pugachev & Others [2017] EWHC 2426 (Ch)
    • GBM Minerals Engineering Consultants Ltd v GB Minerals Holdings Ltd
    • Kaki v Kaki [2015] EWHC 3692 (Ch)
    • Woods Bagot Holdings PTY Ltd & Others v Earle Arney & Others
    • HMRC v Forde & McHugh [2014] UKSC 14 This case went to the Supreme Court on appeal, and concerned the treatment of NICs in respect of an employer company's contributions to a Funded Unapproved Retirement Benefits Scheme (FURBS).
    • Sheffield v Sheffield [2013] EWHC 3927 (CH)
    • Gupta v Gupta [2018] EWHC 1352(Ch)
    • Smith v Faulkner-Smith
    • Wagner v Bothy Investments Ltd
  • Clients and intermediaries find Elizabeth to be "absolutely fantastic to work with" and "extremely impressive".

    The Legal 500 2017 directory stated: "The ‘outstanding’ Elizabeth Sainsbury‘ is able to drill down to the core issues of the case quickly and well’".

    Elizabeth won the ePrivate Client Top 35 under 35 award in 2017.

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