Top Six Contentious Trust Lawyers
‘People who are otherwise well-educated and well-adjusted can turn into absolute monsters in will and trust disputes,’ says Jeremy Gordon, the soft-spoken and calm Farrer’s partner. The nature of the work makes for a compelling life. ‘Contentious trusts attracts interesting lawyers – they enjoy the drama.’
Gordon is certainly ahead of many of his competitors, having been involved in a slew of high-profile cases, including the Supreme Court case FHR Europe Ventures LLP and others v Cedar Capital Partners LLC and others, not to mention ongoing litigation against Sergei Pugachev.
Gordon also points to the complexity of the work he undertakes: ‘Family law, for instance, is predominantly two-dimensional. Trusts disputes typically involve three or four parties and that creates a different dynamic.’ He also enjoys the strategic side: ‘If you’re acting for a trustee, you can have a more restrained role and steer a neutral path. But if you’re acting for the beneficiaries, you have to think differently,’ he tells Spear’s.
Disclosure continues to be a concern for many clients: ‘Beneficiaries are becoming better educated as to what their position is and what the expectations are.’
When Spear’s meets Gordon he also seems relatively unruffled by the turbulent political situation. ‘Politics doesn’t impact us – that may be more of a concern in other areas,’ he says.