Bankside Chambers members have experience acting for beneficiaries and trustees of family trusts, commercial trusts, and estates of deceased persons. Such work regularly encompasses the interpretation of wills and declarations of trusts, controlling the appointment and removal of trustees, ascertaining ownership of assets, tracing of assets, and actions for breaches of trust and fiduciary duty.
Members also give advice and act in disputes concerning testamentary promises (including claims under the Law Reform (Testamentary Promises) Act 1949), testamentary incapacity (including undue influence) and claims under the Family Protection Act 1955.
Bankside barristers Lady Deborah Chambers KC and Josie Beverwijk, with Isaac Hikaka of Mills Lane Chambers, appeared before the Supreme Court on the 13th and 14th June 2023 arguing that an abusive parent was in a fiduciary relationship with his children when he transferred his assets to trust to ensure that his children could never make any claim against those assets either in his life or upon death. Josie Beverwijk provides more background and detail about the case.
Chambers and Partners have announced their Asia-Pacific Guide Rankings for 2023 overnight and Bankside is delighted to have been ranked Band 1 in New Zealand for the second year in a row, with 14 Bankside barristers receiving rankings.