The Private Client team advises you on your personal legal matters, such as the preparation of wills, lasting powers of attorney, setting up of trusts, and attending to probates. We ensure that your financial affairs are dealt with in a tax-efficient manner, ensuring that family members are properly provided for. We are also experienced in private client work with an international dimension, such as schemes deploying the use of offshore trusts.
The Divorce team advises you on divorce, separation and related financial matters, as well as on alternative dispute resolution methods such as mediation.
- Drafting of Wills and Codicils
- Obtaining the Grant of Probate
- Setting up Trusts and dealing with tax related issues
- Buying and selling houses
- Tax Planning
- Managing the UK assets of people based overseas
- Divorce, separation and related financial matters.
Meet the team
Duncan Tuft is the Head of our Church and Charity Team. He advises charities on their constitution, their rules and procedures, formation and change, reorganisation and merger and on their property needs and opportunities, especially the redevelopment of the large central properties many charities find a burden.
Include a major reorganisation and modernisation of a national charity which had operated through a lot of unincorporated associations but converted to run as 8 regions each of which was established as a company limited by guarantee.
More recently Duncan’s professional interest has regularly been aroused in property projects which bring up all sorts of individual issues to face: he has needed to deal with burials under a site which is to be developed, listed building complications, overage provisions and to explain to charities that they may well be due to pay tax on certain receipts from projects given the complexity of taxation of charities which is often misunderstood to mean simply that they are exempt from paying any!
Duncan Tuft was born in England but spent his early years in Sudan.
Duncan qualified in 1976 after being articled to the senior partner of a City of London firm. He was senior partner of Camerons before joining Carter Lemon Camerons in April 2000.
Duncan has acted for many years for the trust corporation of a major Free Church denomination and many of its churches and other charities. Few solicitors have as much experience as Duncan in acting for churches and their trustees. Duncan has also seen these things from the client view-point – for 9 years he was a board member of one of the largest Housing Associations in the country, he has been a school governor and Duncan is currently the lay leader of a Baptist Church. Duncan also acts for YMCA’s, Housing Associations and other charities both Christian and secular.
Outside the office, Duncan is a family man (husband, father and grandfather), an active member of his church, a keen gardener and walker.
Ian West is a partner in the Private Client team. He deals with a wide range of matters including commercial and residential conveyancing, will drafting, trusts and probate and powers of attorney.
Private Client Matters
As well as obtaining grants of probate for UK estates, Ian has assisted personal representatives of foreign estates in resealing foreign grants to administer UK assets held by a deceased domiciled outside the UK. He has dealt with resealing foreign grants in jurisdictions as diverse as Holland and Iran. He has also advised on domicile in respect of deceased’s’ estates.
Recent property transactions include:-
- Advising in a complex transaction involving the construction of an extension to a house occupied by both the landlord and the tenant including a preliminary agreement to share construction costs and the grant of a new lease of the extended flat to the tenant.
- Acting on behalf of a land owner in connection with the grant of an option for a lease of a solar farm.
- Acting on behalf of a land owner in connection with the sale of land for use as an electricity sub-station in connection with a wind farm project and grant of options for related easements.
- Acting for both landlords and tenants in respect of statutory claims for extension leases of flats.
Ian was educated at Brentwood School Essex, Manchester University and the College of Law London. He qualified as a solicitor in 1981 and joined Metson Cross in 1982 becoming a partner in 1990.
Ian is married with two children.
As former Honorary Secretary of the Society of Old Brentwoods, Ian takes a keen interest in the affairs of the School and in various events and functions organised by the Society. He is also a keen follower of football and helps with his son’s junior football team. Ian has also been learning to play the guitar (for the past 40 years!).
Kimberley joined Carter Lemon Camerons LLP as a Trainee Solicitor in September 2017. She qualified as a Solicitor in March 2019 into the firm’s Private Client Department.
Prior to joining Carter Lemon Camerons LLP, Kimberley was the Office Manager at a law firm specialising in the alternative asset industry and following this she worked as a paralegal at a leading litigation firm.
Away from the office, Kimberley enjoys running, cooking and travelling.
Lisa Ginesi is a partner in our commercial litigation and dispute resolution team. Her practice covers a wide range of commercial disputes and predominantly relates to all forms of property disputes. The clients Lisa acts for range from large corporate property developers and investors to private property owning individuals.
Lisa regularly advises on a wide variety of issues affecting both residential and commercial properties and an extensive range of contractual disputes. Lisa has particular expertise in landlord and tenant disputes, the 1954 Act, dilapidation issues, nuisance claims; boundary disputes, possession claims, construction and development contracts, party wall disputes, trespasser proceedings and all aspects of enfranchisement.
In every case, Lisa actively looks for ways to reach practical and cost-effective solutions, whether that is through negotiation, court proceedings, self-help remedies or alternative dispute resolution. She works with her clients as part of a team, often alongside surveyors, engineers and a variety of other experts.
Recent Transactions include;
- Successfully appealing against two Party Wall Awards and securing costs for our client in a case relating to a substantial development in Shoreditch.
- Acting for a corporate property developer in a dispute to enforce the terms of a sale and construction agreement, to enable our client to complete their development and sell a number of flats.
- Acting for a sole trader tenant, of a commercial shop in Great Russell Street in a claim against his landlord for unreasonably delaying and withholding consent to an assignment of his lease.
- Acting for a residential property developer who intended to carry out underpinning works and was served with an injunction obtained by the Council to stop works for alleged breach of planning regulations and starting excavation for basement works.
- Advising on a complex lease renewal of commercial premises under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954, involving; disputed terms for a new lease; unauthorised sub-lettings and breach of planning legislation.
- Advising a client who owns the freehold of a large residential block of flats in London in relation to a number of applications to extend leases under the 1993 Act, including dealing with applications to the First Tier Tribunal. Conversely, advising a number of tenants, in a different block of flats, on their rights to extend their leases.
- Advising on a range of enfranchisement issues, including lease extensions and purchases of freeholds under the 1993 and 1967 Acts, and rights of first refusal under the 1987 Act.
- Acting in a number of contractual property disputes including; disputed joint venture agreements; breaches and termination of JCT contracts; claims against insurers for losses and claims for unpaid fees and defective works.
Early in her career, Lisa had the privilege of being part of the team which took a highly technical lease renewal case to the House to Lords (P&O v Graysim).
Some notable and reported cases include;
- Sai Ventures Ltd v Compar Properties Ltd  – an appeal against two Party Wall Awards in a case relating to a substantial development in Shoreditch.
- H Waites Ltd v Hambledon court Ltd and others  – landlord and tenant dispute concerning air space and extent of the tenants’ demise.
- Anslow and others v Norton Aluminium Ltd  – a GLO claim for multi million pound damages in nuisance, claimed to be caused by smell, noise and dust.
- Delgable Ltd v Perinpanathan  – landlord and tenant dispute concerning the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 Act and liability to repair roof.
- P&O Property Holdings Limited v Graysim  – dispute on the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954. This was a Supreme Court decision.
Lisa was educated at Haydon Bridge High School in Northumberland and then studied law at the University of West London. She was admitted as a solicitor in 1992, having trained and qualified at Carter Lemon Camerons. Lisa is a member of the Property Litigation Association, Women in Business, Women in Property, the Association of Women Solicitors and the Law Society.
Michael is a consultant based in the private client department and advises on a wide range of UK and international tax issues. He is a member of the Society of Trust and Estates Practitioners and is an expert on wealth structuring, having been responsible for this area at Barclays Wealth for 13 years. He has also been authorised under the financial services legislation since it was introduced in the 1980s and advises on investment and financial services matters.
Neil Acheson-Gray is a partner and head of the private client department. He has specialised in matters including contentious probate for more than three decades.
He trained at a leading firm in Holborn and then spent 25 years as a partner in the family firm with offices in Marble Arch and Richmond. This gave him a wealth of experience in estate planning, Wills, estates and trusts and carrying out the role of Executor and Trustee.
Neil has subsequently spent 6 years with a firm in Fetter Lane where he successfully developed the firm’s contentious probate capability, bringing his wealth of experience of private client work to the cut and thrust of claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family & Dependents) Act 1975 and contested Wills.
- Acting for the family of an elderly lady seeking to prove the validity of an allegedly forged or fraudulent Will in her favour
- Acting for several children of a lady whose other daughter was alleged to have forged her mother’s Will
- Acting for a widow whose stepchildren were claiming provision from his estate
- Acting for a widow whose own son inherited all her late husband’s estate
- Representing a child whose siblings were seeking her removal as Executor
- Acting for the beneficiary of an estate in the removal of one of the Executors
- Acting for the surviving partner of the man she lived with who remained married to his wife and left his entire estate to her and he children
- Acting for a surviving husband in relation to a claim made by a friend he had allegedly maintained
- Opposing a Will made by someone who took her own life whilst suffering from serious mental illness
- Advising a daughter whose stepmother left her share in a family property to her nephew contrary to her late husband’s wishes
Alongside this, Neil has continued his established practice in the field of Wills and Probate, dealing with a variety of interesting estates and meeting a wide range of clients from all walks of life, with estates large and small, complex and straightforward.
Neil looks forward to the next challenge in his career and the opportunity to continue to represent those he has met along the way.
Neil is married and lives in Surrey. Outside of the office he enjoys all forms of sport, travel, cookery photography and the arts. His greatest inspiration and his greatest critics are his wife, three children and above all his grandson who together provide all the distraction needed from an absorbing and rewarding career which he is pleased to continue as a Partner at Carter Lemon Camerons LLP.
Prod is an Associate in our property team and Carter Lemon Camerons’ foremost residential conveyancer. He joined the firm in 2008, bringing with him a substantial client base from the North London area – where he previously worked for over 15 years.
He has considerable expertise in residential and commercial conveyancing and landlord and tenant matters, handling sales, purchases, mortgages, transfers, shared ownership, declarations, equity release, guarantees, lease assignments, renewals and variations.
Prod is known and trusted by clients for his exceptional understanding of property matters. He represents property investors, developers, landlords, managing agents, lettings agents, surveyors and residents’ associations, and is also retained by an overseas private bank to act on secured lending on high-value Central London and West End residential properties
- Representing over 30 leaseholders on a proposed collective enfranchisement of a freehold residential block in Queensway;
- Successfully organising a collective approach by a number of leaseholders in the same block for lease extensions to their respective flats under the 1993 Act;
- Acting on the purchase of a multi-million pound property by acquiring ownership of shares in the selling company; dealing with first registration of agricultural land affected by a number of rights, settlements and trusts created over a number of years;
- Successfully completing a high-value purchase transaction within 10 days of receipt of papers;
- Successfully bringing a claim to preserve and uphold a right of way thought to have extinguished many years earlier;
- Representing a leading mobile telecommunications operator in connection with acquisitions, renewals and transfers of mobile masts; and
- Acting for one of the largest private property investment groups in the UK in connection with the grant, renewal and surrender of commercial leases.
Prod was born in North London to Greek Cypriot parents and enjoys close links to the local and overseas Greek and Greek Cypriot community. He speaks the Greek language reasonably well.
Despite his youthful looks, Prod has vast experience in his areas of practice, gained in a career of over 23 years. He is a firm believer in a non-nonsense approach to his work and the importance of using plain English when dealing with clients and others.
Outside the office, Prod is a devoted husband and father. He is a member of the governing committee of his local Greek Language School, with responsibility for over 120 pupils aged between 4 and 17 years. He is also active in his local Orthodox Church. Prod enjoys DIY and believes he is really good at it, having helped renovate five houses. He is also a keen gardener and boasts to have a garden with the best figs, grapes, olives, cherries and plums. In contrast to his mild nature, Prod is an avid sports-bike enthusiast and enjoys a daily commute to work on his cherished Kawasaki Ninja bike, dressed in full leathers.