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A well-regarded junior who focuses his practice on traditional chancery matters, including contentious probate, trusts and Inheritance Act claims. Gomer also handles non-contentious trust and estate matters, as well as real property disputes.
Strengths: “He should be praised for his speed of response and attention to detail. He is always willing to help and go that extra mile.” Chambers UK Bar 2022
“Elis is a real team player who commits himself absolutely to the case and client. His genuine enthusiasm for his Chancery and contentious probate practice shines through in his technical excellence, and he really is outstanding on his feet. ” Legal 500 2022
Elis is a Chancery specialist who practises exclusively in the field of contentious estates and probate litigation, together with its associated fields. His practice is focused on contentious and non-contentious trusts matters; probate, inheritance and estate litigation and associated matters like agricultural holdings and partnership. He also conducts property and affairs cases in the Court of Protection.
The past 18 months have seen Elis instructed in several substantial reported cases in his specialist field, such as Hughes v Pritchard and others  EWCA Civ 386 [testamentary capacity]; Higgins v Morgan and ors  EWHC 2846 (Ch) [Inheritance Act 1975]; Cooper v Chapman and ors  EWHC 1000 (Ch) [proving lost wills] and Partington v Rossiter  EWCA Civ 1564 [will interpretation].
Elis is a robust and experienced trial advocate who is praised for his client-handling skills and his strategic acumen in litigation. He aims to identify the best realistic outcome for the client, and the most effective way of reaching it, in every case in which he is instructed; he views ADR and mediation as a key adjunct to litigation and is an experienced and effective mediation advocate. He is recognised as an authority in his field and regularly delivers seminars on his key specialisms.
Elis is a fluent Welsh speaker and has significant experience in using the language in a legal context, both in written work and in court. As an enthusiastic speaker of the language, he is always pleased to advise clients about bilingual or Welsh language litigation.
- Northern and Wales Circuits
- Northern Circuit Commercial Bar Association (committee member)
- Northern Chancery Bar Association
- Chancery Bar Association
- Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS)
Strengths: “He speaks with a real authority on inheritance matters.” “His technical expertise is brilliant; he’s really strategic and phenomenally good with clients.” “He’s absolutely outstanding on his feet.” Chambers UK Bar 2021
“Elis is my major go to on all things property (chancery) related, probate and trusts. He is incredibly astute, and always gives robust advice whilst remaining utterly charming throughout. Elis is outstanding on his feet. He has a real passion for advocacy and is driven to succeed by a genuine belief in and commitment to the case and clients he represents.” Legal 500 2021
“He always provides sound legal and practical advice.” Legal 500 2020
“Very experienced in trusts, wills and estates disputes” Legal 500 2019
“An expert in contentious probate matters.” Legal 500 2017
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PROPERTY AND ESTATES
A respected expert in the field, Elis enjoys a busy property and estates practice. He is highly sought after to advise and draft pleadings and applications in all of his specialist areas, together with non-contentious drafting such as settlement deeds and trusts.
Elis has notable expertise across the field, including trusts, probate, inheritance and estates, as well as property and professional negligence. He is frequently instructed in trust disputes, non-contentious trusts matters such as construction applications, Re Beddoe applications and Variation of Trusts Act 1958 applications, and TOLATA/proprietary estoppel claims.
His probate and inheritance work sees him advise on all aspects of estate administration (with removal of executors and administrators a particularly common field), claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 claims and contentious probate claims, together with associated claims such as undue influence matters or professional negligence matters against estate practitioners. He has been involved in several substantial matters involving probate fraud and forgery and has wide experience of dealing with ‘problem’ trusts and estates.
His practice frequently overlaps with associated property law areas, such as co-ownership disputes under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996, partnership disputes and proprietary estoppel actions. His agricultural background means that he has a particular interest in agricultural holdings and the law relating to them. Elis is frequently instructed to act in matrimonial cases (either alongside specialist financial remedy counsel or as sole counsel on behalf of interveners) which involve a Chancery element such as nuptial settlements, family wealth or partnership issues.
Hughes v Pritchard and ors  EWCA Civ 386 (Court of Appeal): Junior counsel for the successful Appellant (led by Penelope Reed QC of 5 Stone Buildings) in the appeal from the trial of this matter. An extremely rare instance of the Court of Appeal setting aside findings of fact made by the trial judge.
Cooper v Chapman and ors  EWHC 1000 (Ch) (Business and Property Courts in Leeds): Represented the Defendant in a case involving the admission of a lost will to probate; the Court admitted a draft found on the Deceased’s computer despite there being no original will or signed copy in evidence.
Partington v Rossiter  EWCA Civ 1564 (Court of Appeal): Acted for the Respondent in a will interpretation dispute as to whether the term ‘UK’ can be interpreted to include Jersey.
Hughes v Pritchard and ors  EWHC 1580 (Ch) (Business and Property Courts in Wales): Represented the Claimant in a contentious probate / proprietary estoppel dispute; a much-discussed authority on testamentary capacity.
Higgins v Morgan and ors  EWHC 2846 (Ch) (Business and Property Courts in Manchester): Acted for the Claimant in the trial of an Inheritance Act 1975 action. One of a number of recent decisions to discuss the issue of CFA success fees in Inheritance Act litigation.
Lonsdale v Teasdale and ors  EWHC 2342 (Ch) (High Court Appeal Centre Liverpool): Acted for the Appellant in an appeal from the dismissal of her contentious probate claim. The issues included the fairness of the trial at first instance and the shifting burden of proof.
Ball v Sisson and anor  WLUK 544 (Business and Property Courts in Leeds): Represented the Claimant in a forged will claim. One of only a handful of reported cases where forgery has been successfully proved.
Y v Y  (Principal Registry): Instructed for the wife (as trusts junior to Samantha Hillas QC) in a financial remedy case in which the husband claimed that all of his multi-million pound asset base is held in two trusts. Settled on favourable terms shortly before trial.
Re Okanlawon  (Principal Registry): Acted for a widow seeking to obtain letters of administration in a Nigerian family dispute in which other members of the family alleged that the widow was in fact divorced from the Deceased and produced forged documents in order to advance that case.
Brindley v Brindley  EWHC 157 (Ch) (Chancery Division, Leeds): Acted for the Claimant in a claim seeking the setting aside of lifetime transfers of property and money on the grounds of undue influence.
Jump & Anor v Lister & Anor  EWHC 2160 (Ch) (Chancery Division, Manchester): Acted for the Claimants in a claim seeking the Court’s directions as regards the true construction of mirror wills.Book BarristerBack to top
ADR and Mediation
Elis is a qualified mediator (trained by the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution) and accepts instructions to mediate in all aspects of inheritance, trusts and estates disputes. He is a seasoned mediation advocate, having acted in over 100 mediations, and is a firm believer in the advantages of ADR in disputes of this nature. He also accepts instructions to conduct private Financial Dispute Resolution appointments in cohabitation and Inheritance Act 1975 matters.
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Court of Protection
Elis has extensive experience in a wide range of property and affairs cases in the Court of Protection and sees this as a natural corollary to his work in the trusts and estates field.
As one of the few barristers to complete the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS) diploma, Elis has accredited expertise in mental capacity issues and the involvement of the Court of Protection in such matters.
He has particular expertise and experience in the field of financial abuse, contested revocation of LPAs and other proceedings concerning delinquent deputies and attorneys.
Re GC  (Court of Protection, Newcastle upon Tyne): Represented the local authority in an LPA revocation case involving an impasse between family members, who each alleged that the other was unduly influencing P.
Re DM  (Court of Protection, Liverpool): Acted on behalf of a property and affairs deputy in a case involving a parent who disagreed with the court-sanctioned care regime for P and who consistently failed to abide by court orders.
Re DH  (Court of Protection, London): Represented the Official Solicitor in an LPA revocation case concerning a failure to provide proper accounts.
Re RR  (Court of Protection, London): Represented a family member in a statutory will application involving extremely divergent views as to what P’s views would be.Book BarristerBack to top