Constance McDonnell QC


Year of Call: 2000 Year of Silk: 2019

“A master of her field”

Chambers & Partners HNW Guide

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.

Prior to taking Silk in 2019, Constance won the Chancery Junior of the Year award at the 2018 Chambers Bar Awards, and was recommended as a Star Individual in Chambers UK Bar Guide 2019 and High Net Worth Guide 2018.

News & Events

  • News

    Constance McDonnell QC ‘Making Wills at a Distance’

    Constance McDonnell QC has been invited by the STEP Journal to discuss how to ensure the validity of Wills during... Read More

    News

    Constance McDonnell QC ‘When a beneficiary becomes a wolf in sheep’s clothing: Beddoe relief & derivative claims’

    Constance McDonnell QC has been invited by New Law Journal to examine the motivation of beneficiaries to bring claims in... Read More

  • Events

    ACTAPS Mental Capacity

    Location: Baker McKenzie, 100 New Bridge Street, London EC4 V 6JA Read More

    Events

    Simon Gore Contentious Probate 2020 Conference

    Location: London - TBC 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
  • “One of the most intelligent barristers at the Chancery Bar and identifies key points of law and factual issues which would be missed by other counsel.”

    The Legal 500
  • “She’s friendly, approachable, concise, articulate and commercial. She’s sensitive to the wider issues while cutting through the situation and being practical about the possible outcomes.” “She’s second to none in legal understanding.”

    Chambers & Partners

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 ‘Making Wills at a Distance’

    Constance McDonnell QC has been invited by the STEP Journal to discuss how to ensure the validity of Wills during... Read More

    News

    Constance McDonnell QC ‘When a beneficiary becomes a wolf in sheep’s clothing: Beddoe relief & derivative claims’

    Constance McDonnell QC has been invited by New Law Journal to examine the motivation of beneficiaries to bring claims in... Read More

  • Events

    ACTAPS Mental Capacity

    Location: Baker McKenzie, 100 New Bridge Street, London EC4 V 6JA Read More

    Events

    Simon Gore Contentious Probate 2020 Conference

    Location: London - TBC Read More