Constance McDonnell


Year of Call: 2000

“A master of her field”

Chambers & Partners HNW Guide 2018

Practice Overview

Constance has a traditional Chancery practice specialising in contentious probate, trust disputes, 1975 Act claims, administration of estates, and removal of personal representatives. She has appeared recently in several highly publicised High Court cases, including Schrader v Schrader (a successful probate claim based on undue influence), Re Smith (concerning capacity to make a lifetime gift), Gestrust v 16 Defendants (a trust dispute) RBC v Stubbs (a rectification claim) and Gupta v Gupta (a probate dispute about knowledge and approval). In 2016-17 she was Junior Counsel for the Respondent in the landmark 1975 Act case of Ilott v The Blue Cross [previously Ilott v Mitson] in the Supreme Court.

Her practice also includes constructive trusts and proprietary estoppel, Court of Protection (property and affairs), and professional negligence.

Constance won the Chancery Junior of the Year award at the 2018 Chambers Bar Awards. She is recommended as a Star Individual in Chambers UK Bar Guide 2019 and High Net Worth Guide 2018.

News & Events

  • News

    International Trusts and Commercial Litigation Conference 2018

    “…thank you Serle Court for another interesting conference - informative and enjoyable - a great combination!” On... Read More

    News

    We have been shortlisted for the Legal 500 UK Bar Awards 2019

    Serle Court are delighted to be nominated for 5 awards at The Legal 500 UK Bar Awards 2019! We are nominated for... Read More

  • Events

    International Trusts and Commercial Litigation Conference – New York

    Location: The InterContinental New York Barclay Hotel, New York Read More

    Events

    Judgment of the Supreme Court in Ilott v Mitson

    Location: Serle Court Read More

  • “She’s very decisive and has a great manner with the clients,”

    “She is absolutely the best junior I have ever seen, hands down. She absolutely delivered on my own and my client’s expectations. She was extraordinarily good.”

    Chambers & Partners HNW Guide 2018
  • “She is brilliant with clients”

    Chambers & Partners 2017

Education & Qualifications

MA in Classics, Oriel College, Oxford

Memberships

ACTAPS (Committee member)
STEP
Chancery Bar Association

VAT Number

787919845

Awards

Legal 500 Awards

Nominated - Private Client: Trusts and Probate Junior of the Year

Chambers UK Bar Awards

Chancery Junior of the Year

News & Events

  • News

    International Trusts and Commercial Litigation Conference 2018

    “…thank you Serle Court for another interesting conference - informative and enjoyable - a great combination!” On... Read More

    News

    We have been shortlisted for the Legal 500 UK Bar Awards 2019

    Serle Court are delighted to be nominated for 5 awards at The Legal 500 UK Bar Awards 2019! We are nominated for... Read More

  • Events

    International Trusts and Commercial Litigation Conference – New York

    Location: The InterContinental New York Barclay Hotel, New York Read More

    Events

    Judgment of the Supreme Court in Ilott v Mitson

    Location: Serle Court Read More