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Farrer & Co | Joseph de Lacey, Associate

Practice areas

  • Contentious Trusts and Estates

Joseph is a litigator who specialises in complex trusts and estates disputes, often for high and ultra-high net worth individuals and families.

He has particular expertise in trusts and estates litigation, including claims for breach of trust, applications for the removal of trustees and protectors, Public Trustee v Cooper applications in respect of ‘momentous decisions’ taken by trustees, inter-family disputes in relation to the ownership of valuable antiques and artworks and claims in relation to the administration of estates, including constructive trust and proprietary estoppel claims.

Joseph has acted in a number of highly contentious family trust disputes and is therefore familiar with the delicate balance that is required between protecting the client’s position and minimising damage to family harmony.

He acted on one of the leading cases in relation to the roles of protectors in trusts.

Joseph also has extensive experience of commercial litigation. In particular, Joseph has acted for the claimant in multiple claims against GLG Partners and Credit Suisse International regarding the alleged mis-selling of a complex financial product.

Joseph was named as one of the Top 35 Private Client Lawyers Under 35 by eprivateclient in 2018.

  • Joseph has been involved in the following cases (most cases settle and therefore do not reach the courts):

    Richard Clive Desmond & Ors v. Credit Suisse International & Anr, case no. 13-842

    Global Energy Horizons Corporation v Gray [2015] EWHC 2232 (Ch)

    Davidson & Anor v Seelig & Ors, Court of Appeal - Chancery Division, March 15, 2016, [2016] EWHC 549 (Ch)

    Rothschild Switzerland (CI) Trustees Ltd v W [2017]

  • Joseph has contributed the following articles to the Trusts and Estates Law and Tax Journal:

    October 2018, "Judicial Blessings", South Downs Trustees Ltd v GH [2018]

    April 2018, "The Without Prejudice - a sacred right?", Rothschild Switzerland (CI) Trustees Ltd v W [2017]

    December 2017, "Staying Virtuous", Akita Holdings Ltd v The Honourable Attorney General of The Turks and Caicos Islands [2017]

  • Association of Contentious Trusts and Probate Specialists, ConTrA

    Joseph was named as one of the Top 35 Private Client Lawyers Under 35 by eprivateclient in 2018.

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