Shân Warnock-Smith QC


Shân Warnock-Smith QC

Queen's Counsel   |  ICT Chambers and 5 Stone Buildings

Cayman Islands
England and Wales
British Virgin Islands
Trinidad and Tobago
Ad hoc admissions in Bermuda and Hong Kong


Advice and litigation in connection with all aspects of trusts and succession planning vehicles.

Enhanced Q&A

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

The Court of Final Appeal’s decision in G and DBS Trustee. It was significant and such a fundamental issue for everyone involved in trusts.

How did you get into private client?

I started life as a private client lawyer (and not much of a litigator, really). It was only as the years went by and international trusts became much more regularly used that I got involved in the international nature of the work. Inevitably, as it was international, part was going to be litigious. I was a private client advisor, and the spin off was litigation. I feel very strongly that this is the way around it should be -proper trust lawyers, rather than general litigators,turning their hand to trust litigation.

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

Communicate! The most important characteristic of a first-class private client lawyer is the ability to communicate with and relate to lay and professional clients and other advisers.

What is your favourite quote?

"Dignity, always dignity." Singing in the Rain

Do you have any outside interests or hobbies?

Interior design, exercise and jigsaws (it’s the only thing I ever do slowly!).

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

Bacaro, in Cayman. A wonderful outdoor area – and my son is captain of the Bacaro football team.

Where have you seen growth in your practice over the last year?

Reorganising trust structures as UHNWIs choose safer places to live, such as Cayman, in light of the pandemic.

What is the main area of growth you predict for the next 12 months?

Even more trustee blessing applications to approve such reorganisations.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Be confident in your abilities but never believe your own publicity.