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Junior counsel

Leon Sartin

Call to Bar:1997

Chambers 2017 Chancery Traditional

One of the outstanding juniors. He makes the most difficult problems very clear. He's very clear on the steps that need to be taken to achieve an objective.

Leon Sartin has a practice covering all areas of Chancery work, with an emphasis on trusts, pensions, probate, tax and estate planning, inheritance and family provision, real property and landlord and tenant and related professional negligence. He regularly advises on capital taxation and is experienced in drafting trust documentation. His work includes contentious disputes of all kinds involving trusts, estates, patients of the Court of Protection, real property and landlord and tenant.

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Chambers and Partners UK Bar 2018

"I think he is very good and well researched. He's very authoritative and constructive as well. His manner is very good, I think he will become a very strong player in the private client tax world. He’s got a very good trusts background, does a lot of Court of Protection, so his knowledge on trusts and the courts is very good and clear."

Chambers and Partners UK Bar 2018

"He is my go-to guy for traditional chancery matters and he is very clear, unfussy and incredibly clever. He is very accessible, responsive and extremely nice to deal with."

Chambers and Partners UK Bar 2018

"a punchy and tenacious advocate."

About Leon Sartin

Professional Reputation

Leon has been recommended as a Leading Junior for Tax: Private Client in Chambers UK (since 2011) and has maintained his place as a Leading Junior for Chancery: Traditional for the last eight years. He is also named as a Leading Junior by the Legal 500 and Legal Experts for his Private Client: Personal Tax, Trust and Probate work.

“One of the outstanding juniors. He makes the most difficult problems very clear. He’s very clear on the steps that need to be taken to achieve an objective.”

Chambers 2017 Chancery Traditional

“He always takes a pragmatic approach to things.”

Chambers 2017 Court of Protection Property & Affairs

 “His analysis is extremely good, he’s practical and his application is even better. He gets down to what things really mean in practice, and doesn’t leave you with just one page of theory.” “He is calm and has a nice amount of gravity, people listen to him.”

Chambers 2017 Tax Private Client

“He is an intellectual tour de force” and “possesses a deep knowledge of trusts law”

Chambers UK 2016 Chancery (Band 1)

“We use him a lot … he is very professional.  We also use him on litigation and he is a good advocate”

Chamber UK 2016 Tax Private Client

“the main man when it comes to dealing with tricky, knotty estate matters”

Legal 500 2016 – Trusts and Probate 

“vastly experienced”

Legal 500 2015 – Private Client: Trusts and Probate

“An excellent private client practitioner whose advice is clear, concise, thorough and well researched”

Legal 500 2015 – Private Client: Personal Tax

“He is absolutely brilliant – he’s totally on the ball and always gives lucid answers to questions.”

“He is utterly reliable, and has a considerable depth of knowledge.”

Chambers UK 2014 Band 1, Chancery: Traditional

“He is a quiet, clever man who is a ferocious, passionate advocate in court.”

Chambers UK 2014 Court of Protection

“He gives practical, well-rounded advice.”

Chambers UK 2014 Tax Private Client

“A first class mind”

Legal 500 2013 Private Client: Personal Tax

“Extremely able”

Legal 500 2013 Private Client: Trusts and Probate

“A very positive, talented guy”

“He is clearly bright and very analytical.  He makes complex things appear straightforward.”

Chambers UK 2013 Tax: Private Client

“Bright and creative”

“Quick to respond and is a pleasure to instruct.”

Chambers UK 2013 Chancery: Traditional

“Admired for his “considerable depth of knowledge and application,” as well as his willingness to “think beyond the remit of his instructions.”

Chambers UK 2012 Chancery: Traditional

Held in high regard by peers for his broad chancery practice, which has a particular focus on trusts, probate, tax and estate planning. Solicitors value him as he “offers good advice at an honest price.”

Chambers UK 2012 Tax: Private Client

“A frequent visitor to the court, and someone whose advocacy is considered as impressive as his writing.”

Chambers UK 2012 Court of Protection: Property & Affairs

“He has built a following based on his ‘analytically rigorous’ approach and far-reaching grasp of trust law.”

“His ‘user-friendly style’ extends to matters of estate planning, probate and property disputes and he is marked out by many as a future silk.”

Chambers UK 2011 Chancery: Traditional

“He enters the rankings this year [for Tax: Private Client] due to market praise for his expertise on trusts, tax and estate planning, inheritance and family provision matters.”

Chambers UK 2011 Tax: Private Client

His commitment to his client’s cause is duly noted.”

Notable Cases

Leon’s reported cases include:

  • Gorbunova v Estate of Boris Berezovsky & ors [2016] EWHC 1829 (Ch) (application for summary judgment of proprietary claims made by the long-term partner of the deceased against his insolvency estate led by Henry Legge QC)
  • Hughes & ors v Bourne & ors [2012] EWHC 2232 (Ch) (a power of appropriation had been validly exercised with the consequence that beneficiaries were entitled, under the rule in Saunders v Vautier, to direct the trustees how to deal with the trust’s shareholding)
  • Lilleyman v Lilleyman [2012] EWHC 821 (Ch) [2012] 2 FCR 171:  [2012] WTLR 1007 (“big money-short marriage” Inheritance Act claim), [2012] EWHC 1056 (Ch) (costs) [2012] WTLR 1033
  • In the matter of the Wedgwood Museum Trust Ltd (in administration), Young & ors v Attorney-General & ors [2011] EWHC 3782 (Ch) [2012] Pens LR 175, [2012] WTLR 913 (ownership dispute over museum collection)
  • Fine v Fine, 21/5/12 (rectification of deed of appointment)
  • Maskell v Denham & UBS Pension Trustees [2010] LTL AC9200991 (spousal by-pass trust set aside on grounds of mistake)
  • Franks v Sinclair [2007] WTLR 439) (probate action in which plea of want of knowledge and approval was successfully raised)
  • Clarke v Brothwood [2006]All ER (D) 207; EWHC (Ch) 2939 (rectification of will)
  • Mausner v Mincher [2006] EWHC (Ch) 1283 (costs of probate action)
  • Re F [2004] 3 All ER 277 (registration of enduring power of attorney)
  • Elvidge v Coulson, The Times, 27 August 2003 (distribution of assets of friendly society)
Professional Memberships

Leon is a member of the Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners (STEP) and the STEP UK Technical Committee, the Association of Contentious Trusts and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS), and the Chancery Bar Association.

Publications and Lecturing

Leon is co-author with James Kessler QC of the 11th edition of Drafting Trusts and Will Trusts. He lectures regularly on tax, trusts, wills and probate.