Alexander Drapkin

For practice areas see below

 

Practice

Alexander has a busy traditional chancery practice advising and appearing in court on matters including will construction, trust disputes, claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, inheritance and capital gains tax issues, estate administration, non-contentious and contentious probate, professional negligence in a private client context, undue influence, vulnerable transactions and the work of the Court of Protection.

 

In addition, Alexander has an interest in slightly less common areas of work including strict settlements and entails, settled chattels, perpetuities and the law governing the disposal of dead bodies.

 

Alexander accepts instructions in all areas of chambers’ work and regularly appears in the High Court and County Court.

 

Recent experience

Anstey v Mundle and anor [2016] EWHC 1073 (Ch)
Advising and representing the Claimant in both an application for an urgent interim injunction to restrain the repatriation of her late father’s body to Jamaica and a subsequent a trial in the High Court for final directions as to the body’s disposal. There was a family dispute as to whether or not the deceased should be buried in the UK or Jamaica. The court dealt with the interrelation of the power to make a grant for these purposes in the deceased’s estate under s. 116 of the Senior Courts Act 1981 and the inherent jurisdiction of the High Court give directions as to the disposal of a dead body.

Slattery v Jagger [2015] EWHC 3976 (Ch)
Advising and successfully representing the Claimants in a two day will rectification claim in the High Court.

Re JW [2015] EWCOP 82, [2015] All ER (D) 46 (Dec)
Appeared in the Court of Protection on behalf of an incapacitated person’s son who successfully applied to be appointed her deputy for property and affairs in place of the local authority, who had resisted his application as they considered him conflicted.

Leading an application under the Variation of Trusts Act 1958 in order to obtain inheritance tax and capital gains tax advantages.

Advising, drafting and appearing in several successful claims to remove personal representatives together with associated claims for accounts.

Appearing on behalf of a professional deputy in contentious statutory will proceedings.

Appearing in the Court of Protection for the Official Solicitor as litigation friend to an incapacitated person in proceedings concerning large unauthorised transactions made by P’s attorney as part of inheritance tax planning.

 

Professional Memberships

Alexander is a member of the Chancery Bar Association.

 

Education

Alexander read English Language and Literature at King’s College London from where he graduated with First Class Honours. He achieved a Distinction in the Graduate Diploma in Law at City Law School, where he also undertook the BPTC.

 

Alexander was awarded a Hardwicke Entrance Award by Lincoln's Inn and is also a Lord Denning Scholar.