Complexity is enticing for Nicholas Bennett, who specialises in cases involving companies, trusts and tough jurisdiction battles – acting for business leaders, celebrities, landed families and international HNW couples in London or overseas.
Privacy is often a key concern for his clients. ‘Most judges agree that these are essentially private matters,’ he says, ‘but Mr Justice Holman takes a different view; he believes in justice being seen to be done.’ This lack of consistency means that ‘we can’t properly advise clients about the risks of the process. Open justice is a fine principle, but I’m not sure it really works in this context.’
He adds that the courts are truly ‘in crisis’, meaning the very wealthy often want to ‘bypass the system completely’ through arbitration.