David Stockill
Call: 1985
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Wills, Trusts & Probate Profile

David started his professional life with very good quality pupillages in Lincoln’s Inn, mixing between commercial Chancery and very specialised Traditional Chancery (including capital taxes). He has practised from Birmingham for 25 years and was the first barrister in Birmingham with a 100% Chancery practice (which has always included Chancery commercial and property). He has maintained within his practice: probate disputes, questions arising in the administration of estates, issues facing executors and administrators, Inheritance Act applications and claims for breach of trust and fiduciary duty. In an area where experience and wisdom combined with good common sense balanced with detailed legal knowledge count, David will fight hard when necessary; and negotiate when appropriate. David is also an accredited mediator.


  • What the Directories Say

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      • Highly regarded senior junior with a broad practice which covers both traditional and commercial cases. He is noted for his expertise on disputes concerning breach of fiduciary duty. Expertise: "A very sensible counsel, who provides practical advice and is good with clients." CHAMBERS UK 2015.
      • David has been rated in all directories since they started, as a leading light outside of London.  Most recently (Chambers & Partners 2014) he was listed as having "the highest skills and capacity and is sound as a bell. He has the gravitas and knowledge that is required". In Chambers UK Guide 2013, he was commended for his “wealth of experience in commercial Chancery matters”
      • In addition, “David Stockill is [a] barrister who ‘rolls his sleeves up and immerses himself in the case,’ his preparation ‘is always of the first order.’ He ‘never fails to impress clients with his immediate grasp of the problem at hand.’" Chambers UK Guide 2012
      • In the last few years David has been described variously as "having great intellectual ability and skill in Court", having a chancery practice "with a real company flavour ... with great experience in minority shareholder disputes and section 459 matters and is praised as a very strong writer". He is also “intelligent, confident and a good creative thinker”.

  • Recent Experience

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      • Most recently, the surge in contested estates has led David to work in a number of fairly bread and butter Inheritance Act claims; and also in difficult estate administration issues (in particular of note, in one estate of a deceased wealthy entrepreneur with, ironically, issues of abatement).
      • Breach of trust cases, arising in numerous guises, with tracing and following, and constructive trust issues are probably prevalent in David’s recent practice.

  • Reported Cases

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      • David has an extensive number of reported cases, although not that many in the area of Wills, Trusts and Probate.  Re White deceased, Barker v. Gribble [1991] Ch 1, [1990] 3 AllER1 is one of the leading cases on the alteration of wills.

  • Specialist Areas

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  • Qualifications and Appointments

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      • MA Cantab (St John’s College)
      • Barrister at law
      • Accredited mediator

  • Professional Associations

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      • Chancery Bar Association
      • Midland Chancery Bar Association (founder member and one time secretary)

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Morris-Garner v One Step (Support) Limited [2018] UKSC 20 A couple of weeks ago (18 April 2018) the Supreme Court decided a landmark case on damages.  It was unusual in that it appears a unanimousdecision in the result, but Lord Sumption dissented…

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