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.

Charles is top recommended in the 2023 Spear's Tax Lawyers index.

What people are saying


"Charles Lloyd is one of the best lawyers in the country. He is incredibly user-friendly with clients while being firm with opponents."

The Legal 500 2023

"Charles Lloyd – the epitome of a big beast in the sector. Been everywhere and done it all, he exudes confidence and competence. "

The Legal 500 2023

"Charles Lloyd is a very smooth but ultimately ruthless practitioner who is recognised as one of the leading practitioners in the field. "

The Legal 500 2023

"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

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

Chambers HNW 2021

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