Company

Stewarts

Position

Partner

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Contentious Tax & Trust Lawyers

Legal

Location

London

Advice type

Alternative dispute resolution

Cross-border litigation

Family offices

Litigation

Mediation

Private office

Tax, wills & trusts

Asset Class

Trusts

Client Types

Families

HNW

UHNW

UHNW families

Sector Focus

Legal Advisory Services

Geographical Focus

Jersey

Switzerland

Thailand

Customer Type

Lawyer

Geoff Kertesz

Spear's Review

A partner in Stewarts’ trust and probate litigation team, Geoff Kertesz knows that clients have to be able to depend on him. ‘Whether there is conflict within the family, tension within a trust structure, or illness or death has struck a family member, my clients need sound commercial guidance,’ he says.

Kertesz aims to strike a balance between securing results and managing emotions. He listens to clients, aware that they have been ‘living the dispute’ and that ‘their point of view is the starting point’ – hearing their aspirations and marrying them up with the law is his job, after all. ‘I also listen to the opposition, and do not believe in point scoring or "litigation by letter",' he says.

Adviser Profile

A recent recruit to Stewarts, Kertesz is experienced in complex litigation relating to trusts and estates, more often than not with an offshore element. He has been involved in cases concerning the UK, US, Channel Islands, Cayman Islands, BVI, Hong Kong and more.

Recent career highlights include a case closer to home. ‘Five villages in England are privately owned,’ he says. ‘I acted for the owner of one of them. Certain relatives alleged various trust and probate claims against her. Interviewing witnesses entailed spending days in remote countryside while actual curtains actually twitched as counsel and I walked around. We successfully resolved the claims and the next year I attended the village fête as a guest!’

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