Charles Lloyd Partner

Charles specialises in private client disputes, particularly international trust and estates litigation.

Charles has been the head of Macfarlanes private client disputes group since 2001. Charles has particular expertise in international trusts and estate litigation for high-net-worth individuals.

He has a depth of experience in advising trustees, beneficiaries, protectors, executors, administrators in contentious situations arising out of disputes involving these structures. In particular, he advises on disputes relating to the succession of valuable family businesses held in complex structures, involving trusts, foundations, partnerships and other corporate entities, as well as cross-border estates. He has a depth of experience in Shari’a law succession disputes.

He also works increasingly at the point of intersection between traditional private client litigation, white collar criminal, regulatory investigations and fraud.

What people are saying


"Extremely strong capacity to analyse problems and define adequate strategies."

Chambers HNW 2022

"Charles Lloyd is outstanding. One of the most impressive and respected figures in the international litigation field, he is supported by an exceptional team of partners and senior and junior assistants."

The UK Legal 500 2021

"Charles Lloyd is a highly experienced and smooth operator."

The UK Legal 500 2021

"Charles Lloyd is an extremely well-known, well-liked and well-respected figure in the contentious trust world and for very good reason. He’s great."

The UK Legal 500 2021

"The single best lawyer in the country for this work, he is absolutely phenomenal to work with, immensely switched on."

Chambers HNW 2021

"The partner you wish to have in your corner taking point on large-scale litigation. He is unflappable and extremely personable, earning the respect of clients and colleagues."

Chambers HNW 2021