ProfileGwyn Evans has a modern chancery practice specialising in Private Client and Property law.
He is praised by clients and peers for his strong client-care skills and his expertise across a broad range of property and private client matters, including trusts of land (TLATA), inheritance disputes, contentious probate, financial remedies (on divorce), and presumption of death claims. The first decade of his career has been heavily court-based, and so Gwyn is confident and relaxed at trial, and very experienced at cross-examination.
Gwyn is continuing to develop a busy practice in a wide range of property disputes, accepting instructions involving aspects of landlord and tenant and real property law. He acts for claimants as well as personal representatives / trustees in his contentious chancery work.
Gwyn’s background in IT (particularly database design and programming) enables him to present complex financial matters in a simple way using modern technology. He has a pedantic eye for detail, and an ability to present complicated arguments about e.g. pension sharing in matrimonial finance cases or the structuring of Schedule 1 / TLATA claims, in an orderly simple fashion.
Gwyn has many years of experience in the complexities of child maintenance (CMS) disputes, and has litigated these issues in the First Tier Tribunal (Social Entitlement Chamber).
Gwyn is down-to-earth and approachable with clients, whilst being precise, thorough and tenacious with opponents. Gwyn has a knack for achieving excellent results whilst maintaining a good humour at trial, and finding creative solutions, where appropriate, in negotiated outcomes.
Prior to coming to the Bar, Gwyn juggled a career as a professional actor / singer with database design and coding.
Gwyn is an elected member of Gray’s Inn Barristers’ Committee and a trustee of the LGBTQI charity Diverse Church.
Gwyn's legal training was at City University and BPP in London, after a career in IT and also acting. He graduated from Emmanuel College, Cambridge with a first class degree in Social and Political Sciences in 1996, and then from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School with a distinction in acting in 2000.
On a direct public access basis, and where it is clear that a solicitor is not also required, Gwyn accepts instructions for: -
• Contentious Probate (capacity, undue influence, want of knowledge and approval)
• Claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975
• Trusts of land (ToLATA claims)
• Orders for sale
• Claims under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (nuisance, planning)
In addition to his expertise in trusts of land / probate / Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 set out above, Gwyn specialises in: -
• Presumption of Death Act 2013 claims (Gwyn successfully acted in the first such claim, which was before Pauffley J)
• Powers of attorney – Property and Financial Affairs / Personal Welfare, and other Mental Capacity Act 2005 matters
• Protection from Harassment Act 1997 claims
• Financial remedies (matrimonial finance / financial orders / ancillary relief) including cases involving inherited / ‘non-matrimonial’ property, trusts, non-disclosure and delay
• Same-sex relationship (LGBT) disputes (civil partnership and cohabitee disputes)
• Schedule 1 claims (financial provision for children)
• Financial disputes over child maintenance (CMS / CSA) (Gwyn has litigated these in the First-Tier Tribunal).
• Intervener (third party) disputes in financial remedy cases.
For several years Gwyn has with Gerald Wilson delivered a Masterclass in Unmarried Couples, Separation and TOLATA Claims for CLT.
Gwyn qualified as a family mediator (through ADR group) in 2011.
Gwyn has been published on many occasions in the hard-copy journals Solicitors Journal / Family Law, as well as online for Family Law Week, and Gwyn won the LexisNexis Family Law Commentator of the Year 2016 award in the Jordans Family Law Awards in November 2016.
In 2019 Gwyn lectured on Vulnerable Gifts from Vulnerable people at the STEP Guernsey conference in St Peter Port in Guernsey on June 2019. He also lectured on spousal maintenance (specifically the Court of Appeal decision in Waggott v Waggott  EWCA Civ 2017) for the White Paper conference in June 2019.
Recent published articles include: -
1. Who needs a lawyer, anyway? Limited retainers, financial remedies and drafting consent orders http://bit.ly/1PZ2yJy
2. Burns v Burns – elderly testators, mental impairment and the ‘golden rule’ http://bit.ly/1Svcf4S
3. Pension offsetting: a question for the Family Court, or for an actuary? http://bit.ly/1Wpw1Ni
4. Barnes v Phillips  EWCA Civ 1056: Imputation! Imputation! Imputation! http://bit.ly/1R6groi
5. Is there something I should know? Disclosure and non-disclosure in the family court: Part 1 - http://bit.ly/2ghejki
6. Oral agreements and interests in land: a walk in the park! - http://bit.ly/2eGmqqh
7. Needs Must! Family Justice Council provides guidance for financial orders in 'needs' cases - http://bit.ly/2fxx2XK
8. Shares, chairs and automobiles: Montalto v Popat and Others  EWHC 801 (Ch) http://bit.ly/2fFUEae
9. A two-part article in the journal "Family Law" entitled "Oral Agreements to transfer property: A Walk in the Park!" in Dec 2016 and Jan 2017
10. Blessed are the dependants, for they shall inherit the earth (possibly): Ilott v The Blue Cross and Others  UKSC 17 - http://tinyurl.com/yb5bxbaf (March 2017)
11. Duel and Duality: 'Miller-lite' and Sharp (Family Law, December 2017, Vol 47, pages 863 - 868)
12. You're no son (or daughter) of mine! The Inheritance Act - a charter for 'spendthrifts and wastrels'? (Family Law, December 2017, Vol 47, pages 1346 - 1352)
13. Heartache, Hart-break and equal shares. (Family Law, March 2018, Vol 48, 304 - 310)
14. Varying your child maintenance: it can pay dividends! (Family Law Week, June 2018 - https://www.familylawweek.co.uk/site.aspx?i=ed190413)
15. Book Review - Inheritance Act Claims (Sydney Ross, 4th Edition), (Family Law, August 2018, Vol 48, pages 1080 - 1082
16. The Inheritance Act and Adult Child Claimants (Family Law Week, February 2019 - https://tinyurl.com/y59amnaa)
In his spare time Gwyn enjoys climbing, cycling, hiking, playing bass, singing, programming synthesizers, and fixing things. He also performs in and has co-written the Gray's Inn Miscellany Show at Christmas (2012, 2013, 2016 - 2019!), and performed in other Gray's Inn productions (The Tyrannicide Brief in 2012).
Follow Gwyn on Twitter @GwynforLaw.
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