Joshua Shields

Call 2000

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Josh has a broad chancery commercial practice encompassing:

  • Commercial litigation
  • Property and landlord and tenant
  • Wills, trusts and probate
  • Insolvency
  • Company
  • Customs and Excise Duties and VAT

Josh has substantial experience in representing clients involved in cases before tribunals, in particular in the First-Tier Tribunal Tax Chamber, in the Lands Tribunal and before the Land Registry Adjudicator.

Josh also has extensive experience in wills and trusts, particularly in regards to:

  • Construction of wills and trust deeds
  • Co-ownership disputes
  • Removal of trustees/executors
  • Capacity
  • Claims against and by trustees/executors
  • Challenging wills and inter vivos dispositions
  • Undue influence
  • Technical validity of wills
  • Claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975

Commercial Cases

• Appeal to High Court from decision of Rent Assessment Committee (reported as R (On the application of Triplerose Ltd) v (1) Bonner (2) RAC [2012] EWHC 2306)

• Forfeiture of pub lease

• Phone mast leases

• Forfeiture of long leases and construction of service charge provisions

• Drafting leases to take effect on enfranchisement

• Possession and disrepair in respect of assured shorthold tenancy

• Successful defence in respect of claim for ground rent


• Dispute between sibling executors- removal of recalcitrant executor

• Undue influence in connection with lifetime gift

• Challenge to will executed by testatrix representing departure from lifelong held views

• Claim against solicitor executors for loss caused in the course of administration of estate

• Dispute about beneficial ownership of land; mobile home; boat; insurance policy

• Will executed validly in Scots law, not valid in English law- dispute as to domicile of testatrix

• Claims under the Inheritance Act for and against: spouses, co-habitees, siblings, children