John Aldis
Call: 2016
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Wills, Trusts & Probate Profile

John has a first class degree from the University of Cambridge. He achieved an Outstanding at Bar School and a Distinction for the GDL. He has won numerous scholarships and awards, including the Louis Gluckstein Advocacy Prize.

Before coming to the Bar, John worked as a Church of England minster. He became accomplished at public speaking in a variety of settings, such as weddings, funerals, assemblies and Sunday services. He now brings this wealth of experience to his courtroom advocacy.

John is able to assist at an early stage of proceedings by providing written or oral advice and drafting statements of case.

He is married with a 4-year-old daughter. In his spare time, he enjoys struggling to play the piano, mountain biking and the Malvern Hills. He speaks French.

Under the supervision of John Brennan, he experienced a wide range of commercial work, with a particular focus on property, probate, contract and trusts disputes. He has recently acted in a number of construction disputes.


  • Recent-Experience

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    • Probate

      • Advised on claims to invalidate a will on the grounds of:

      incapacity, including in relation to the ‘Parker v Felgaterule’

      undue influence and fraud

      • Advised on the enforceability of a contract in a mutual will concerning a £1.5m estate 
      • Advised on Part 64 application to determine whether an executor fulfils a condition to prove a will by appointing an attorney to obtain a grant of letters of administration 
      • Application to pass over a co-executor 
      • Applications to exhibit a full inventory and account of estates 

  • Specialist-Areas

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  • Qualifications-and-Appointments

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      • Bar Professional Training Course (Outstanding) - BPP
      • Graduate Diploma in Law (Distinction) - BPP
      • MPhil Philosophy of Religion & Ethics - University of Cambridge
      • BA Theology (1st) - University of Cambridge
      • BA Law (2:1) - University of Oxford

      Scholarships

      • Louis Gluckstein Advocacy Prize - Lincoln’s Inn
      • Tancred Studentship - Lincoln’s Inn    
      • Excellence Award - BPP University
      • Lord Brougham Scholarship - Lincoln’s Inn           
      • Hardwicke Entrance Award - Lincoln’s Inn          
      • Wordsworth MPhil Grant - Cambridge Divinity Faculty
      • 1912 Senior Scholarship - Cambridge University   
      • Nick Clarke Prize - Cambridge University

      Languages

      • French

  • Professional-Associations

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      • Lincoln’s Inn
      • Worcester Law Society committee member