Sidney Ross

Call: 1983

Education: BA (Open) BSc LLB MSc Phd (London) FCIArb TEP


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Tel: 020 7831 6381 (Ext. 365)

Sidney's clerks
Matthew Curness
Richard Powell

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Sidney Ross was called to the Bar in 1983 at the age of 51, after a career of 24 years lecturing in Chemistry in the University of London. As well as higher degrees in Chemistry (1958) and Physics (1966), he has degrees in Law (1982) and in Humanities and Classical Studies (2010). He is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (2002), a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (2000) and a qualified family law arbitrator under the IFLA scheme, in which capacity he is available to conduct arbitrations in claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975. 

His practice is entirely in the field of trusts and estates.  He has extensive experience in drafting and advising on the construction of trusts, wills and associated documents and in handling claims relating to the estates of deceased persons, particularly claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, as well as disputes as to the validity of wills and claims to beneficial interests in assets purportedly disposed of by will.  His most recent reported cases are Kloosman v Aylen [2013] W.T.L.R 673 (on the rule against double portions) and Joshi v Mahida  [2013] W.T.L.R 859 (on rectification of a will). 

Within the field of trusts and estates, he has also conducted and represented clients in mediations as well as carried out Pro Bono work, limited to advice, drafting and settlement negotiations.

He is the author of Inheritance Act Claims, first published by Sweet & Maxwell in 1993 and most recently in their Trusts, Wills and Probate Library series in 2011.  He is also a frequent contributor to legal journals of articles on family provision and will construction; these include ‘Forfeiture clauses in wills’, for the first edition of the Trust Quarterly Review 1(1) (2003), 7-17; ‘1975 Act claims by surviving spouses-the impact of Miller and Charman’ Trust Quarterly Review 5(4) (2007) 35-46; ‘Ilott v Mitson-incremental development or revolutionary departure’ Trust Quarterly Review 9(4) (2011) 12-19; ‘Inheritance Act Claims by Dependants’ Family Law 40, (2010) 490-499 and ‘The superannuated concept-Domicile as a barrier to family provision claims’ Trust Quarterly Review 11(3) (2013) 27-46. 

His outside interests include singing mediaeval, renaissance and baroque secular and sacred music, and study of the poetry of the Carolingian Renaissance with a view to resolving questions of disputed authorship.

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