Shân Warnock-Smith QC is both an adviser and a litigator in the whole range of trust and succession matters. She is ranked among the leading Silks in her field and has appeared in a number of the most important private client cases of recent years. Shân has an international practice, taking her around the globe to advise and to litigate from her bases in London and Cayman. She specialises in wealth structuring for international families, with and without the involvement of the court. Shân is also a specialist mediator of trust and succession disputes.
“A dominant presence in high-profile offshore litigation who has outstanding credentials in private client and wealth structuring work.”
"What she does is bring clarity to a case; she makes complicated cases very simple, and it's a great skill to have. Judges love it and clients love it."
"Her track record on many leading cases is second to none."
"She commands the floor and judges follow her and listen to her. They have a great deal of respect for her. She is a really, really important member of the English Bar."
"She is supremely skilled in complex onshore trust and estate work. She has the ability to see a complex set of problems in the round and produce a speedy and practicable answer."
"She is a big player in the world and simply everywhere."
"The consummate client barrister. She absolutely knows how to handle clients; she has enormous confidence and she radiates that. She is completely and utterly submerged in trusts law and knows it all."
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ACTIVITIES
Shân is a member of STEP, ACTAPS, the International Academy of Trust and Estate Law and the Chancery Bar Association. She is an Emeritus Bencher of Lincolns Inn. Shân also sits on the editorial board of the Wills and Trusts Law Reports.
PUBLICATIONS, SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
Before coming to the Bar Shân lectured for some years in the law of trusts and property. She contributes regularly to professional journals. She is a highly-regarded and frequent speaker at professional conferences around the world and has chaired the highly successful Trusts and Estates Litigation Forum in Provence since its inception eleven years ago.
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