Trusts, Wills, Estates & Charities


Our Expertise

Skrine has an established reputation in the courts having on many occasions appeared in disputes related to trusts and probate / wills. Skrine also provides advice on wills, administration of deceased estates, private trusts as well as charitable trust, deed of family arrangements and other relevant documents.


Notable Experience

  • Acted for trustee in a trial for breach of duties involving the estate of a deceased who was the founder of a local bank. The High Court after full trial dismissed the claims against the trustee (Gan Chiew Heang & Ors v Universal Trustee (M) Bhd & Anor [2010] 1 LNS 1319).
  • Acted for a trustee involved in the disputes between loan stock holders and a major bank on potential defaults under two trust deeds which would result in the immediate repayment of loan stocks exceeding RM170 million. Thereafter also appeared as counsel for the same trustee against a major public listed company for recovery of costs and expenses incurred in carrying out the trustee's duties under the same trust deeds.
  • Acted for the executors of two estates to defend claims by family members of the deceased persons to nullify the wills and deed of inter vivos gift executed by the deceased persons on the ground of fraud, undue influence and suspicious circumstances (Wong Twee Keng & Ors v Wong Swee Min & Another and Another Case [2013] 4 CLJ 876). The High Court allowed the Plaintiffs' claims. The Court of Appeal set aside the High Court's decision on appeal.
  • Acted for a beneficiary and obtained injunction order to restrain eviction proceeding by the executrix of an estate (Jagjit Kaur Sohan Singh v Angelina Subahini Amaladoss [2012] 1 LNS 1204).
  • Acted for trustees in advisory work and in respect of club disputes with members.
  • Acted for a trustee of public bonds, against several public listed companies for default in respect of repayments of public bonds issuances, caused by the 1997 Asian currency crisis; and in restructuring work.
  • Acted for beneficiaries, HSBC (Malaysia) Trustee Bhd and Universal Trustee Sdn Bhd in probate disputes.


IFLR 1000 2019 Rankings


IFLR 1000 2019 has ranked Skrine as a Tier 1 firm in four practice areas. In addition, eight of our lawyers were listed among the leading lawyers.


Asialaw Profiles 2019 Rankings


Asialaw Profiles 2019 has ranked Skrine as an ‘Outstanding’ firm in seven industry and practice areas. In addition, 10 of our lawyers were listed among the leading lawyers.


Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific 2018


We are pleased to announce that our firm is recognised as a Top Tier Firm in the inaugural Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific 2018. Some of our partners were also listed in the rankings.



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