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  • Contentious Trusts and Estates

Joanna is a partner in Farrer & Co's Contentious Trusts and Estates team. She advises trustees, beneficiaries and charities on the full range of onshore and offshore contentious trusts and estates matters.

Clients come to Joanna for assistance with probate claims, claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975, constructive trust claims, proprietary estoppel claims and breach of trust claims. She has particular experience of defending the validity of trusts against third party attacks on grounds such as sham. She also advises on professional negligence claims against trustees, lawyers and accountants where there is a trust or estates angle.

Her offshore work has seen her advise in relation to proceedings in Jersey, Switzerland, Nevis, the Cayman Islands, BVI, Cyprus, Italy and Denmark.

  • Chambers High Net Worth guide 2019 recommends Joanna in Private Wealth Disputes. She is also described in Legal 500 2019 as "quickly emerging as one of the ‘go to’ partners for contentious trusts" in Contentious Trusts and Probate.

    "Industry insiders see Joanna as "a real up-and-comer," a "class act" and "an emerging force" in this market […] One peer says: "She knew what she was doing and was provided good assistance in the case. She was a sensible and calming presence on the team."

    • Representation of Schroder Cayman Bank and Trust Company Limited [2015] JRC 125
    • Novatrust Limited v Kea Investments Limited and others [2014] EWHC 4061 (Ch)
    • Sheffield v Sheffield and others [2013] EWHC 3927 (Ch)
    • Rybolovleva v Rybolovlev 3 May 2012.


  • Prior to joining Farrer & Co, Joanna was a barrister practising in chancery and commercial litigation at Ten Old Square chambers.

    Joanna is a member of the Chancery Bar Association, the Institute of Legacy Management (ILM) and the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS).

    Joanna has been listed in ALM’s Private Client Global Elite 2019.

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