Elizabeth Weaver has a broad commercial Chancery practice, focusing mainly on contentious work in the area of business disputes, company law and insolvency, trusts and estates and property disputes. She also has a well-recognised specialism in professional negligence claims involving these areas. As a highly-respected senior junior, who is “excellent, both on paperwork and on her feet”, Elizabeth has the technical knowledge needed to analyse the issues arising in complex legal disputes (her cases often involve overlapping areas of law) and the experience to provide commercial advice and ensure the effective and efficient presentation of a client’s case.
Elizabeth has considerable experience of working on large-scale commercial claims (both High Court litigation and arbitrations) and trust disputes which have an international element or raise issues of foreign law and conflicts of law.
Examples of her recent work include:
- Estate of the late Boris Berezovsky; Elizabeth is instructed by the trustees (who were previously the court-appointed receivers and then administrators) in relation to the many complex issues and claims arising following Mr Berezovsky’s death.
- Zarbafi v Zarbafi  1 WLR 4122; a family trust and property dispute involving allegations of sham and laches and the removal of a litigation friend by the Court of Appeal because of a conflict of interest.
- Re Christou deceased  EWHC 79; Elizabeth successfully defended a claim that a will had been forged.
- Avanesov v TOO Shymkentpivo  EWHC 394; Elizabeth acted for the successful claimant in obtaining and upholding a default judgment, applying the Mitchell and Denton principles.
- Malhotra v Malhotra  1 Lloyds Reports 285; a successful application to discharge an anti-suit injunction restraining litigation in India.
- JSC VTB v Skurikhin  EWHC 3116; the extent of the court’s jurisdiction to make freezing and disclosure orders against English LLPs holding assets for an off-shore structure.
- In the matter of the Shinorvic Trust  (1) JLR 324; advising on the equity to remedy defective execution of a deed in the context of the defective deed seeking to add a beneficiary to a Jersey discretionary trust.
Areas of experience
Private Client: Trusts and Probate ‘Junior of the Year’ 2018 – The Legal 500 Awards
Elizabeth is recommended in Legal 500 2020 for commercial litigation, company and partnership, offshore, private client (trusts and probate) and professional negligence. She is praised as ‘Extremely tenacious in court, she has extremely good judgement and has excellent insight into how a case will play out’. Elizabeth is seen as ‘Practical, sensible and comparable to a QC’. Clients note that ‘ Her advice is always practical, straightforward and she has a particular skill at cutting through knotty problems with a well-considered and pragmatic strategy’.
Chambers & Partners 2020 recommends Elizabeth for traditional Chancery and offshore as ‘A pleasure to deal with, very responsive, and crystal clear on the scope of her opinions’. Instructing solicitors comment that ‘She’s wonderful and so clear-thinking – she analyses and gets to the heart of the matter very quickly, and is very good at cutting out the irrelevant material’ and is ‘An excellent all-rounder‘.
Chambers High Net Worth 2020 ranks Elizabeth for traditional chancery, saying “she’s just brilliant. She’s very clear-thinking and very good to deal with.”
Chambers Global 2020 describes her as ‘Utterly fearless and very logical in her approach to cases’. She is praised for ‘impeccable drafting skills and provides clear advice, attacking the issues head on’.
Chambers High Net Worth 2019 says ‘She’s wonderful, so clear-thinking – she analyses and gets to the heart of the matter very quickly, and is very good at cutting out the irrelevant material. I respect her very highly. She’s very accessible and easy to work with’, comments one solicitor. Another source calls her ‘a pleasure to deal with, very responsive, and crystal clear on the scope of her opinions’.
She is recommended in the Citywealth Leaders List 2019 as a Prominent Contentious Trusts Barrister and said to be ‘a first class barrister and at the top of her game. She is extremely bright and very quick at absorbing complex facts as well as very practical in terms of finding solutions and providing a clear and excellent strategy. She is tenacious and a formidable opponent’.
Who’s Who recommends Elizabeth for private client work, praising her “strong drafting skills and impressive advocacy“.
- Jordans International Trust Law
- Tolley’s Insolvency Law
- Blackstone’s Guide to the Companies Act 2006 (OUP 2007)
- International Trust Disputes (OUP 2012)
- LLB Bristol
- Hardwicke Scholar Lincoln’s Inn
- Bar of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court
- Registered Legal Practitioner Dubai International Financial Centre
- Chancery Bar Association
- Commercial Bar Association
- Professional Negligence Bar Association
- Court of Protection Bar Association
- Institute of Art and Law
- Member of Professional Conduct & Complaints Committee of the Bar Council (2005-2010)