STEP Birmingham seminar. 15 February 2023
Irwin Mitchell Solicitors
9th Floor, The Colmore Building
20 Colmore Circus Queensway
Blowing Hot or cold?
Edward Cumming KC and Harry Samuels, of XXIV Old Buildings, will discuss hot topics in probate and estate litigation. In a ‘seminar in two halves’, they will:
- take stock of recent developments in the case law regarding proprietary estoppel after the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Guest v Guest, and discuss both what those developments mean practically for prospective litigants and what alternative, more imaginative, causes of action may – or may not – be available; and
- tackle ‘highly charged’ questions surrounding professional fees charged in relation to an estate, including topical issues relating to seeking an account, challenging solicitors’ fees, and how fair protection might be obtained.
“The perfect modern barrister” and “the absolute best”, Edward Cumming KC has acted in some of the most significant and highest-profile trust and succession litigation in recent years. He is recommended as a leading KC in nine separate categories in the latest Chambers & Partners, and eight separate categories in the latest Legal 500. The directories, which have long recognised Edward as a “lion in court”, describe him as “just an amazing individual” and “a very smooth advocate, who is persuasive, articulate and nimble on his feet”. “He works incredibly hard, is commercial, is an outstanding advocate, and is loved by clients for being aggressive and knowing their cases inside out. He is the first name that comes to mind for any high-value and difficult case”.
Recently described as a ’superstar in the making by a Legal 500 Tier 1 partner, and praised in court for his ‘forceful and well-balanced’ submissions, Harry Samuels specialises in all forms of trusts, estates, and probate litigation. He regularly appears as sole counsel before the EW High Court, and his recent work includes successfully removing delinquent executors from a high-value estate, dealing with a complex blessing application for a momentous trustee decision, and advising the discretionary beneficiaries of a series of family trusts on possible actions worth in the tens of millions of pounds.”