Oliver Hilton

Barrister, Radcliffe Chambers
Oliver enjoys a busy and thriving traditional and commercial Chancery practice. His expertise is in trusts, wills and estates, with a particular focus on succession and property disputes, pensions and charities. He has substantial experience in dealing with a broad range of administration issues.

As well as non-contentious drafting and advisory work, Oliver has a strong litigation practice: he appears regularly in the High Court, including in large scale, complex, high profile cases; he has acted on numerous occasions before the Court of Appeal; and he has considerable experience representing clients at mediations. Oliver is equally at home acting as sole counsel or being led, and he particularly enjoys working as part of a wider team.

Experience and Expertise

Oliver specialises in trusts, estates and property disputes, especially contentious probate, breach of fiduciary duties, setting aside lifetime transactions, Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 claims and real property related litigation, including constructive trusts, proprietary estoppel and co-ownership disputes (both in the commercial and domestic context) as well as personal property.

Oliver regularly advises and acts for trustees, personal representatives and beneficiaries on all issues that may arise during administration of trusts/estates/pension schemes, including questions of construction, distribution, the exercise of administrative and dispositive powers and Beddoe applications. He has gained a wealth of experience in drafting complex and intricate wills, trusts, pension documentation and associated instruments, as well as applying for variation of the same.

Oliver’s practice also includes dealing with the consequences of mistakes in relation to the creation of, amendments to and administration of wills, trusts and pension schemes, both in the context of rectification/rescission and removal from office.

Oliver's practice compliments his considerable expertise in pensions related matters, having acted and advised in relation to pensions liberation schemes, amendments to trust deeds, pensions administration, trustee disclosure, the winding up of schemes and the interaction between bankruptcy and pensions.

Oliver's trusts and estates expertise also encompasses charities and tax and professional negligence related matters.

A significant proportion of Oliver's chancery practice is commercial in nature. Fraud and asset tracing and recovery in particular form an important part of Oliver's practice. He also acts regularly in relation to company and shareholder disputes (including unfair prejudice petitions), partnerships, insolvency, business contract disputes, guarantees and finance related matters.
Contributed to


Pension trustee claims against advisers (professional negligence)
Practice notes

This Practice Note considers the issues relevant when pension scheme trustees make professional negligence claims against their advisers, including duty of care issues, limitation periods, Beddoe applications and cost considerations. This Practice Note also looks at common claims made by trustees against their advisers, including in relation to payment errors, failed equalisation and drafting mistakes in scheme documentation.

Privilege in pensions
Practice notes

This Practice Note focuses on privilege, ie the ability to withhold documents from someone’s inspection, in the context of pensions. It distinguishes between legal advice privilege and litigation privilege and sets out the requirements for each and when privilege is lost. Finally, this Practice Note considers the scope of privilege vis-à-vis the courts, the Pensions Ombudsman and the Pensions Regulator.

Representation of beneficiaries in pensions litigation
Practice notes

This Practice Note looks at the making of representation orders in pensions litigation. In particular, it covers what a representative party is, when and why representation orders are made, jurisdiction to appoint a representative party, types of representation orders, who may be appointed a representative party, consent and notification of the represented class, duty, role and costs of the representative party, compromise involving a representative party, and the effect of a representation order.

The Pensions Ombudsman—when should he be used and what are his powers?
Practice notes

This Practice Note looks at the jurisdiction of the Pensions Ombudsman to deal with occupational and personal pension-related complaints and disputes, including who can make or refer complaints/disputes, the types of complaints/disputes that can and cannot be determined, the powers he may exercise in doing so and applicable time limits.

Trustee minutes concerning the exercise of a trustee power or discretion

This Precedent is suitable for use by the trustees of a pension scheme to record minutes of a trustee meeting concerning the exercise of a pension trustee power or discretion.

Practice areas


  • LLB (Hons), Kings College London


  • Chancery Bar Association


  • Case Analysis Panel
  • Contributing Author
  • Q&A Panel


  • Kings College, University of London

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