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Emma Hargreaves

Barrister  |  Serle Court

England and Wales


Dispute resolution
Administration of estates and trusts
Trusts and divorce


What has been the highlight of your practice over the past 12 months?

Working on two separate claims underway in Bermuda (believed to be the largest trust dispute ever in that jurisdiction) - one of the claims (Wong & Anor v Grand View Private Trust Company Ltd), concerning powers to add beneficiaries, is now on its way up to the Privy Council and the other (Wong v Grand View Private Trust Company Ltd & Ors), concerning statutory non-charitable purpose trusts, is set for a three month trial at the beginning of 2021.

How did you get into private client?

I enjoyed studying equity and trusts at university so joining a commercial chancery chambers like Serle Court, and focusing on private client litigation, seemed the obvious option.

What advice would you give rising stars/new lawyers in the private client world?

Work hard. Never stop learning from those around you. Be creative in your thinking.

What is your favourite quote?

"Those who don't believe in magic will never find it." - Roald Dahl

Do you have any outside interests or hobbies?

Travel, cooking/baking, hiking.

When the restaurants reopen, where would you like to go?

Chotto Matte in Soho (the Pisco sours remind me of those I drank to celebrate completing the Inca trail!)