Isle of Man: Dickinson Cruickshank Recently Co-hosted a Trust Litigation Conference in Conjunction With Prestigious Barristers Chambers Serle Court
Last Updated: 4 August 2006

Dickinson Cruickshank recently co-hosted a Trust Litigation Conference in conjunction with prestigious barristers chambers Serle Court. The one day event was held on 14th July at Mount Murray and was very well received with over 150 delegates attending to hear presentations from the Honourable Mr Justice Lightman, Lord Neill of Bladen QC and a number of other QCs and advocates.

The morning session included presentations from Mr Justice Lightman, covering developments over the last decade since his landmark decision on pre-emptive costs orders, and Frank Hinks QC discussing sham trusts. Lord Neill of Bladen went on to discuss the development of the law of dishonest assistance with contributions from John Rimmer and Andrew Moran.

The afternoon session saw an innovative presentation, with Deemster Kerruish presiding over a demonstration of a court room scenario involving advocates Gillian Whittle and Kathryn Clough. This vignette was a refreshing addition to the programme with the audience able to see a practical illustration of how the Hastings-Bass principle could be applied with an example judgement passed. James Corbett QC and Victor Joffe QC then provided an overview of recent developments of the principle, including an analysis of case law which provided the relevant context for the presentation.

Finally Will Henderson and Chris Cope concluded the day’s proceedings by outlining the issues and procedures involved in a trustee's application to the Court for directions and guidance with particular focus on the issue of surrender of discretion and the tests to be applied by the Court.

Chris Cope of Dickinson Cruickshank commented,"I believe that the event was a great success it being educational and informative for the representatives from legal and financial organisations on the Isle of Man who attended. It has been a pleasure to work with Serle Court in holding this event and it has been a great honour to have listened to the experiences and expertise of Mr Justice Lightman. We are also particularly grateful to His Honour Deemster Kerruish for attending and participating in this conference. All of the speakers from Serle Court and Dickinson Cruickshank thoroughly enjoyed contributing to the event and hope to work together again in the future. "

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