Death and Divorce: Vows and Promises

15 Jul 2020

Location: 12.00pm - 2.00pm Virtual Event (Zoom)
Members: £25+VAT - Book by 15 Jul


Understand the technicalities and practicalities of 1975 Act claims and how they interact with divorce. Chaired by Eason Rajah QC and includes a host of industry luminaries who will cover:

  • The divorce fiction
  • Varying nuptial settlements
  • Minor children of the deceased 
  • Divorce, death & taxes
  • Practitioner led interactive panel session 


Eason Rajah QC
Ten Old Square

Eason Rajah QC is named in the Private Client Global Elite 2018 directory, recognising his private client expertise advising UHNW clients. Eason’s practice includes domestic, off shore and cross-border trusts and will disputes, related tax and professional negligence issues, drafting, structuring and advising in relation to trusts, succession planning and tax and related areas. He is regarded as “a superb all-rounder” (Legal 500 2015).

Eason won ‘Private Client: Trusts and Probate Silk of the Year 2018’ in the Legal 500 Bar Awards.

He was shortlisted for the Legal 500 ‘Private Client: Trusts and Probate Silk of the Year’ award in 2017, 2016 and 2015 and the Chambers UK ‘Chancery Silk of the Year’ in 2014.

Eason is named by eprivateclient as one of the ’50 Most Influential’ private client professionals at the forefront in shaping private client work for 2016 in the UK and British offshore jurisdictions. He has been recommended by the Legal 500 and Chambers UK legal directories for his expertise in this field for many years.

He is Chairman of the Chancery Bar Association and a member of the committee of STEP Central London.

Eason is a Recorder (2016) and was called to the Malaysian Bar in 1991.

Eason Rajah QC
Eason Rajah QC Barrister
Ten Old Square
Georgia Bedworth
Ten Old Square

Georgia Bedworth has a thriving traditional chancery practice with particular focus on trusts and estates matters, both contentious and non-contentious. Georgia’s strong real property background gives her an edge when dealing with landed estates, as well as when advising on any trust or probate matter with a property element. As well as having considerable experience and expertise in contentious chancery matters, such as probate disputes, 1975 Act claims and removal applications, Georgia also undertakes a considerable amount of non-contentious work, including capital taxes planning. Georgia is frequently instructed in cases concerning multi-million pound trusts and estates. She has acted in a number of applications under the Variation of Trusts Act 1958 to vary high value settlements including those with a foreign element.

In addition, Georgia’s practice includes advising and litigating on pure property matters. Georgia also has considerable expertise in Court of Protection (Property and Affairs) matters.

Georgia Bedworth
Georgia Bedworth Barrister
Ten Old Square
Richard Dew
Ten Old Square

Richard Dew’s practice is focussed on Wills, Estates and Trusts and related professional negligence. His practice is predominantly litigation, and he is frequently involved in large and complex claims. He also advises and represents in Court of Protection matters and provides expert advice in respect of tax and tax planning (principally capital taxation).

He is the Chair of the STEP Contentious Trusts and Estates SIG and an elected member of the Chancery Bar Association Committee. He is a member of STEP and ACTAPS. He was ACTAPS Contentious Barrister of the Year for 2016.

Richard is an editor of Rossdale’s Administration of Estates and Parker’s Modern Will Precedents and regularly writes and lectures on chancery and private client matters.

Richard has been shortlisted by Chambers UK for the (Chancery) ‘Junior of the Year’ award.

Richard Dew
Richard Dew Barrister
Ten Old Square
James Poole
Ten Old Square

James is regularly recommended for the quality of his legal analysis, his persuasive oral advocacy in court, the practicality of his advice, and his sensitive and responsive interaction with clients.

His busy practice spans a number of Chambers’ key practice areas, and particularly focuses on:

  • Probate, inheritance and trust disputes, including 1975 Act claims, trustee/executor removal and TLATA claims.
  • Non-contentious private client work.
  • Commercial and contractual disputes, including arbitrations and interim applications such as freezing injunctions.
  • Partnership/LLP – both advisory and contentious work.
  • Court of Protection and associated litigation.
  • Charity law.
  • Landlord and Tenant issues – both residential and commercial, including pubs and licensed premises.
  • Property, including covenants, easements and boundary disputes.
  • Insolvency, both individual and company.

James is a skilled and highly effective advocate, who appears regularly in the High Court and County Courts. He also has significant experience of offshore litigation, particularly in the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

Before coming to the Bar, James taught at secondary and tertiary level in England and Vanuatu, and is equally comfortable being instructed in both English and Bislama.

James is also a qualified mediator, and welcomes instructions as a mediator in any of the areas in which he practices.

James Poole
James Poole Barrister
Ten Old Square
James Egan
Ten Old Square

James has a busy and successful chancery, commercial and private client practice, and is regularly instructed by a number of leading firms. He has a wealth of advocacy experience spanning the full spectrum of Chambers’ work, appearing regularly in his own right in the County Court and High Court. James also has been instructed as specialist chancery counsel in divorce proceedings in the Family Court. His practice largely focuses upon:

  • Trusts, inheritance and probate matters
  • Corporate and personal insolvency matters
  • Property and residential/commercial landlord and tenant claims
  • Court of Protection
  • Commercial disputes
  • Partnership and company disputes

In addition to his practice in the Court of Protection, James has been instructed in a number of civil claims in which litigation capacity needed to be investigated in relation to one of the parties. He is therefore familiar with the procedures set out in Part 21 of the Civil Procedure Rules and/or Insolvency Rules 12.23-12.25, as applicable.

James Egan
James Egan Barrister
Ten Old Square


Audience Logon
Chair's Opening Remarks
Eason Rajah QC - Barrister - Ten Old Square
The Divorce Fiction

How the Courts deal with spousal claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family & Dependents) Act 197

James Egan - Barrister - Ten Old Square
Varying Nuptial Settlements using the 1975 Act

how to and practical implications

Richard Dew - Barrister - Ten Old Square
Approaching & Settling Inheritance Act Claims by Minor Children of the Deceased
James Poole - Barrister - Ten Old Square
Divorce, Death & Taxes

The Tax implications of Settling 1975 Act claims with Exempt Beneficiaries

Georgia Bedworth - Barrister - Ten Old Square
Panel Session Q&A
Eason Rajah QC - Barrister - Ten Old Square
Chair's Closing Remarks & Close of Event
Eason Rajah QC - Barrister - Ten Old Square


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