The 2024 Practitioners’ Forum on Stress Testing Trust Structures

The first event to bring together contentious and non-contentious private client practitioners alongside distinguished trustees to examine best practice for enhancing the resilience of trust structures and mitigating risks of attack. 

In-person | 18th January 2024 | The Millennium Hotel Knightsbridge

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Engage with pioneers in trust law, exchange ideas, and broaden your perspective on trust rigidity. Forge connections with like-minded professionals, paving the way for shared knowledge.

In just one content-packed day, learn about:


Analysing Angles of Attack and the Importance of Stress Testing 

- Internal Attacks 

- External Attacks 

- Avoiding Attacks on 3 levels 

Fortifying Trusts Against Tax Authority Attacks

- Changes in tax law that could leave a trust vulnerable 

- Trust and corporate residence issues 

- Mitigating tax implications 

Insights into the Role of Trustees in Stress Testing 

- A trustee’s duties and obligations 

- How stress testing can impact their decision making 

- What should a trustee do in the event of an attack 

New Families and Old Trusts: Preventing Your Trust from Becoming Archaic 

- Addressing outdated language and rules within the trust 

- Updating the trust to include contemporary family issues 

- Succession planning 

- Second families and unknown love children 

Ensuring Resilience Against Fraud and Insolvency 

- Stress testing against creditor claims 

- Financial irregularities 

- Trustee duties in periods of financial difficulty  

- Is insolvency becoming more applicable to trusts 

- Sham & illusory trusts

Examining Variations in Trusts and How They Can Leave Trusts Vulnerable  

- Varying a trust without leaving it vulnerable 

- Situations in which you’d be looking to vary a trust 

- Trusts as a resource 

- The wishes of the settlors and beneficiaries – how relevant are they

Hear from Richard Wilson KC, a leading authority on the proper purpose rule, speak on capacity.

Chaired by an eminent practitioner with experience in trusteeship, as well as contentious and non-contentious law:

Your expert speakers include a range of experts in contentious and non-contentious law and distinguished trustees.

Contentious Practitioners:

Richard Wilson KC
Richard Wilson KC Barrister
Serle Court
Ben Havard
Ben Havard Partner
Collas Crill (Guernsey)
Natasha Stourton
Natasha Stourton Partner
Charlotte Fraser
Charlotte Fraser Partner
Farrer & Co
Emma Cohen
Emma Cohen Senior Associate
Monika Byrska
Monika Byrska Partner
Howard Kennedy
Oliver Auld
Oliver Auld Partner
Charles Russell Speechlys
Hannah Mantle
Hannah Mantle Partner
Forsters LLP
Hugh Gunson
Hugh Gunson Partner
Charles Russell Speechlys
Helen McGhee
Helen McGhee Partner
Joseph Hage Aaronson
Rupert Ticehurst
Rupert Ticehurst Head of Dispute Resolution
Maurice Turnor Gardner
Kate Silbermann
Kate Silbermann Senior Counsel
Taylor Wessing
Brian Lacy
Brian Lacy Partner
Ogier (BVI)
David Standish
David Standish Partner
Emma Hill
Emma Hill Counsel
Bedell Cristin

Non-Contentious Practitioners:

Emily Osborne
Emily Osborne Partner
Stephenson Harwood
Charles Richardson
Charles Richardson Partner
Kingsley Napley
Kyra Motley
Kyra Motley Partner
Boodle Hatfield
Jonathan Burt
Jonathan Burt Partner
Harbottle & Lewis
Christopher S. Cook
Christopher S. Cook Senior Associate
Baker McKenzie
William Burnell
William Burnell Partner
Jill Carpenter
Jill Carpenter Partner
Rawlinson & Hunter Singapore


Paul Buckle
Paul Buckle Director
Alona Golling
Alona Golling Senior Trust Officer
Summit Trust Group (Geneva)
Janine Cubbon
Janine Cubbon Director, Head of Private Wealth
Suntera Global
Kelly Watson
Kelly Watson Client Services Director
Kerrie Le Tissier
Kerrie Le Tissier Director


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