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Lorraine Jeffery

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Lorraine qualified in 2009 and specialises in resolving complex issues arising from trusts, wills and estate administrations.

She acts for trustees, executors, beneficiaries and charities in both domestic and international claims. Many of her cases have an international element, whether it is drawing on expertise from the relevant jurisdictions or assisting an off-shore team with their English dispute. She has experience working with various off-shore jurisdictions including Guernsey, Jersey, the Isle of Man, Cayman, Hong Kong and BVI.

Her practice area includes advising on the removal of trustees and executors, the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, claims involving the Settled Land Act 1958, proprietary estoppel, constructive trusts, the Variation to Trusts Act 1925 and challenges to charity legacies.

Lorraine also advises on disputes involving capacity.  For example, claims to recover lifetime gifts where the donor had insufficient capacity to make the gift; contentious claims in Court of Protection such as the removal of an attorney and recovery of unauthorised gifts.

In addition, she advises on professional negligence claims in the above areas.

Lorraine is recognised as ‘One to Watch’ by the Private Client Global Elite 2017, 2018 and 2019, as a ‘Next Generation Lawyer’ by the Legal 500 UK 2018 and 2019, and as an ‘Associate to Watch’ by Chambers and Partners High Net Worth 2019 and 2020.

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Career highlights

  • Butler & Anor v Butler & Anor [2016] EWHC 1793 (Ch) – A successful application under s.188 Law of Property Act 1925 to divide a vast collection of Chinese porcelain amassed by Sir Michael Butler and gifted in equal undivided shares to his four adult children.
  • Preventing the permanent removal of an incapacitated elderly lady from the jurisdiction by her vagrant attorney son.
  • Being part of a landmark decision in the New York Supreme Court to obtain a significant divorce settlement including rental property for an undocumented immigrant, our client, whose husband, a US citizen, had lied to the court regarding his finances.

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