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Geoffrey Kertesz




Geoff is the head of BDB Pitmans’ will and trust disputes team. He has a wealth of experience in resolving the most troublesome issues in trusts and estates, both in domestic and international cases, as well as those involving professional negligence. He acts for individuals, families, trustees, beneficiaries and charities.

Geoff originally qualified in California and was a litigator in San Francisco for three years before qualifying in England. He is a frequent speaker at UK and international conferences and contributes to a number of leading publications in the field.

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Career highlights

  • Macintyre & Anor v Oliver & ors [2018] EWHC 3094 (Ch): An application for directions regarding the distribution of an estate, requiring a detailed analysis of when a legacy vests and when the Court can save a conditional gift
  • TH v JH & Ors [2018] EWCOP 13: Court of Protection matter where the Court gave retrospective approval of the vast majority of gifts and family care payments made by an Attorney
  • Bourke v Favre [2015] EWHC 277 (Ch): Proprietary estoppel claim relating to one of a handful of privately held villages in England
  • Tadros v Barratt [2014] EWHC 2860 (Ch): Cross-border probate action involving English, Dutch, Sudanese, and French assets
  • AB Jnr & Or v MB & Ors [2013] (1) CILR 1: Claim against trustees alleging breach of trust through material non-disclosure, and a counterclaim seeking forfeiture of the beneficiary’s interest
  • The Matter of the A Trust [2012] JRC 169A: Claim where the Royal Court of Jersey made new law on the scope of the duties of trust protectors and the grounds on which they may be removed from office

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