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

    Jamie Randall discusses the recent judgment handed down in Wellesley v Wellesley & Ors [2019] EWHC 11 (Ch)

    Deputy Master Linwood has today (11 January 2019) handed down his judgment in Wellesley v Wellesley & Ors [2019] EWHC 11 (Ch), concerning a... Read More

    News

    A new Silk for Serle Court - Constance McDonnell

    We are absolutely delighted to announce that Constance McDonnell has been appointed as Queen’s Counsel to take... Read More

  • Events

    Constance McDonnell to speak at the White Paper ‘Wills and Probate: Shaping New Law into Solution-Focused Answers for your Clients’ conference

    Location: The Caledonian Club 9 Halkin Street London SW1X 7DR Read More

    Events

    Serle Court International Trusts and Commercial Litigation Conference in New York

    Location: InterContinental New York Barclay Hotel, 111 East, 48th Street, New York 10017 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
  • “She gives clients real confidence.”

    Chambers & Partners 2016

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

    Jamie Randall discusses the recent judgment handed down in Wellesley v Wellesley & Ors [2019] EWHC 11 (Ch)

    Deputy Master Linwood has today (11 January 2019) handed down his judgment in Wellesley v Wellesley & Ors [2019] EWHC 11 (Ch), concerning a... Read More

    News

    A new Silk for Serle Court - Constance McDonnell

    We are absolutely delighted to announce that Constance McDonnell has been appointed as Queen’s Counsel to take... Read More

  • Events

    Serle Court International Trusts and Commercial Litigation Conference in New York

    Location: InterContinental New York Barclay Hotel, 111 East, 48th Street, New York 10017 Read More

    Events

    International Trusts and Commercial Litigation Conference – New York

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