Araba Taylor
Year of call: 1985

Araba joined Fenners in 2009 after 22 years as a specialist Chancery practitioner in Lincoln’s Inn.  The focus of her practice is the family side of Chancery work, including co-ownership disputes, family businesses, family property, trusts, wills and elderly client/capacity issues.

Areas of practice

  • Land Law
  • Trusts and Estates
  • Mental Capacity
  • Professional negligence

For more detailed guides to Araba’s work, please click on one of the practice areas listed. Araba is also recommended, in the Legal 500 2015, as a leading junior on the South Eastern Circuit for Commercial, banking and insolvency work.

Her work

Araba accepts instructions directly from members of the public and fellow property professionals, in addition to conventional referrals from solicitors. Her dispute resolution work includes mediation as well as litigation. She accepts referrals from the Bar Pro Bono Unit.

 Araba is an established and active CPD trainer, delivering accredited short courses and webinars for solicitors in private practice and local government via local Law Societies, STEP branches, CLT and other institutional providers.

What others say

         "She has an instinctive and insightful way with words": Legal 500 2017

         "Recommended for Chancery matters": Legal 500 2016

"Able to identify and focus on the key issues in a case very quickly": Legal 500 2015

“Her response times are top notch”: The Legal 500 2014

"Araba Taylor is recommended for complex probate and trust matters": Legal 500 2013

Representative cases

Re Butcher (Deceased), Sharp v Hutchins [2015] EWHC 1240 (Ch) (knowledge and approval - correct test is the single stage test in Gill v Woodall – two-stage test properly to be used as a cross-check). Transcript of the Judgment here.

Re Walker (Deceased); Walker v Badmin (2014) (Ch D) [2014] EWHC 71 (Ch); [2015] WTLR 493 - (testamentary capacity – validity challenge successfully resisted - correct and only test is Banks v Goodfellow, not section 2(1) of the Mental Capacity Act 2005). Transcript of the Judgment here.

 Re Dharamshi (Deceased) [2013] EWHC 3917 (Ch) (want of capacity - severe bereavement reaction – validity challenge successfully resisted)

 Re Tociapski (Deceased) [2013] EWHC 1770 (Ch); [2013] WTLR 1821 (successful invalidity claim - will invalid for want of knowledge and approval) 

White & Ors v Williams & Ors (No. 2) [2011] EWHC 494 (Ch); [2011] PTSR 1151; [2011] WTLR 899 (Charity trustees; cy-près doctrine; unsecured borrowing a breach of trust)

Pinnock v Rochester [2011] EWHC 4049 (Ch); (2011) 155(44) SJLB 3 (successful appeal against striking out of probate claim – interaction of probate claim and compromise of earlier claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 – procedure - case management) 

Re Allen (Deceased), Smith v Springford [2009] WTLR 705 (caveators' application to discontinue claim for revocation of existing grant - will forgery – costs)

Re Garland (Deceased), Garland v Morris and another [2007] 2 FLR 528; [2007] EWHC 2 (Ch); [2007] All ER (D) 11 (Jan) (Inheritance Act application by adult child)


MA: Cambridge Deputy District Judge (Civil) Languages spoken: Italian and French Member: Chancery Bar Association Professional Negligence Bar Association Social Housing Law Association ACTAPS
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