Constance McDonnell QC


Year of Call: 2000 Year of Silk: 2019

“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

    Constance McDonnell QC - Pupillage Podcast

    Constance McDonnell QC took part in the Pupillage Podcast hosted by The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple. Constance discusses... Read More

    News

    Constance McDonnell QC interviewed by Halcyon Doctors

    Constance McDonnell QC has appeared in a recent interview for Halcyon Doctors talking about the Mental Health... Read More

  • Events

    KNect 365 Trusts in Litigation Conference 2020

    Location: Hilton Helsinki Strand Read More

    Events

    Serle Court 4th International Trusts and Commercial Litigation Conference 2019 (New York)

    Location: Rainbow Room, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York 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

    Constance McDonnell QC - Pupillage Podcast

    Constance McDonnell QC took part in the Pupillage Podcast hosted by The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple. Constance discusses... Read More

    News

    Constance McDonnell QC interviewed by Halcyon Doctors

    Constance McDonnell QC has appeared in a recent interview for Halcyon Doctors talking about the Mental Health... Read More

  • Events

    1975 Act Breakfast Seminar

    Location: 6 New Square, Lincoln's Inn, WC2A 3QS Read More

    Events

    The White Paper ‘Shaping New Law into Solution-Focused Answers for Your Clients’

    Location: The Lowry Hotel 50 Dearmans Place Manchester M3 5LH Read More