Kerry Bornman

Kerry’s practice covers the full range of litigation and drafting/advisory work in the private client field and related professional negligence claims. She is a full member of STEP and specialises in trusts, wills and probate disputes, administration of estates, Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 claims, Court of Protection and elderly client, and co-ownership disputes.

She regularly advises and appears for personal representatives, trustees and beneficiaries in relation to disputed estates, trusts and breach of trust matters, and the construction of Wills. Many of her cases settle nowadays at mediation or ADR and she has recently become an accredited mediator.

She is also on the panel for the Bar Pro Bono Unit.


Notable recent cases


Kerry’s recent cases include:

  • D v R, Estate of R [2007] Ch D: construction of a homemade Will, resulting/constructive trusts, proprietary estoppel.

  • Green v Gaul [2007] 1 WLR 591 (CA), [2006] EWCA Civ 1124, [2006] WTLR 1391, [2006] 9 ITELR 107, [2005] 1 WLR 1890 (Ch): limitation, removal of a personal representative, administration of estate, trusts

  • Hansen v Barker-Benfield [2006] WTLR 1141 (Ch), [2006] EWHC 1119: lifetime undue influence, due execution of a Will, testamentary capacity

  • Cadlock v Aboagye [2006] All ER (D) 170: personal insolvency, appeal from finding of fact, rehearing (Bar Pro Bono) 



Kerry’s most recent publications include: “Cautionary Tales for Trustees: Jones v Firkin-Flood”;: (3 Stone Buildings newsletter, November 2008) and “Limitation Issues for Personal Representatives and Trustees”; (Private Client Business 2007, Issue Number 3).


Professional membership


Chancery Bar Association







Kerry Bornman read Law and French Law and lived abroad in Paris and Madrid before coming to the Bar.
She was awarded the Middle Temple Queen Mother Scholarship and Blackstone’s Entrance Exhibition (1998)


Seminars and lectures


Kerry lectures on all aspects of her practice both in chambers and at venues around England and Wales (including her solicitors’ offices). Recent talks include:

  • Lecture for STEP London Central and STEP Essex (further details on her talks can be obtained from the clerks)

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