Top Six Contentious Trust Lawyers
‘We don’t tend to do the bread and butter stuff, we mostly do high-end work,’ says Charles Lloyd, and his impressive record bears that out. Whether it’s representing a wealthy family in obtaining worldwide freezing orders for more than $500 million in a trust-related dispute or advising on substantial probate frauds, Lloyd is one of the most urbane and intelligent lawyers out there.
‘It’s the multi-dimensional nature of it which is exciting,’ he enthuses. ‘You might have a father who wants to do something, or the wife, or the children. There might be trustees with different ideas – protectors, family advisers… it’s a diplomatic minefield.’
Human nature is at the heart of the work: ‘You’ve got your patriarch or matriarch who makes a fortune and in order to make the fortune you have to make sacrifices – and one thing you may sacrifice is contact with your children. There’s a generation of children growing up, and they don’t see the fortune their parents have generated necessarily as a substitute for the kind of childhood they’ve had.’
Lloyd is also illuminating on the nature of his craft. ‘As a litigator you want to be a chameleon,’ he says. ‘The cunning fox can be seen coming sometimes, it can be obvious. You have to weigh up what the opposition are doing.’