Diplomatic Law Guide

‘Quam fluctus diversi, quam mare conjuncti – though the waves are many, the sea is one.’

This website contains an evolving bank of legal materials, on-line library resources, news, and articles about diplomatic law.

This website also contains a page for making donations directly to UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) and the UNHCR (United Nations Refugee Agency).

The website went live in June 2014, and was listed (with my permission) on the website of the United States ‘American Foreign Service Association’ (the ‘AFSA’) based in Washington DC underneath the heading ‘Codes of Conduct from Other Services/Countries’ (http://www.afsa.org/ethics).

According to Google Analytics, in under 10 weeks the website grew from a zero readership to a weekly audience spread across Canada, the USA, South America, the Caribbean, the UK, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Ukraine, the Russian Federation, North Africa, the Gulf states, Pakistan, India, and South East Asia.

Carl Islam, Barrister

Carl

B.Soc.Sc (Joint-Hons) (Law & Political Science) (Keele) (Subsidiary subjects: Human Biology and Psychology). LLM(Exon)(International Business Law), of Lincoln’s Inn and the Middle Temple, Barrister-at-Law (practising), TEP, SCMA accredited mediation advocate. Dual qualified as a Solicitor.

Chambers of Ian Mayes QC, First Floor, 1 Essex Court, Temple, London (www.1ec.co.uk).

I undertook pupillage  in what is now Maitland Chambers in Lincoln’s Inn (where my pupil masters included Lord Justice Davis), am a member of the South Eastern Circuit, which includes London (www.southeastcircuit.org.uk), the Chancery Bar Association (www.chba.org.uk), the Professional Negligence Bar Association, the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (full member) (www.step.org); and of the Institute of Art & Law in London, where I am studying for a Diploma in Art Law.

Prior to entering private practice as a Barrister I was articled as a solicitor in the Mayfair Office of Fox & Gibbons in London (during which time I advised embassies and consulates about Diplomatic Law and wrote the first article to be published about the Diplomatic and Consular Premises Act 1987), and worked in-house as counsel for Rolls-Royce, and Alstom in Paris, during which time I structured for tax-efficiency, drafted and negotiated major contracts awarded in Malaysia, China, and India, by state entities.

I no longer provide legal advice about Diplomatic Law, although in 2019 I was contacted by Channel 4 News to comment about the Bahrain Embassy Incident in London, see: Bahrain embassy | Search Results | Carl’s Wealth Planning Blog .

I exercise rights of audience before every court in England and Wales in relation to all proceedings and principally appear in will, trust, and inheritance disputes in the Business and Property Courts and Central London County Court. 

As a registered Public Access Barrister I can be instructed directly by members of the public (including executors and trustees) without the involvement of a solicitor.

I am also authorised by the Bar Standards Board to conduct litigation. In an appropriate case, this permits me to carry out day to day case management activities (including the issue of a Claim Form in any court in England and Wales) which are reserved to Solicitors. I can therefore offer a specialist one stop shop litigation and advocacy service to members of the public, from evaluation of the merits, evidence, and remedies, through to trial or settlement of the claim.

To enquire about instructing me please contact my Clerk at 1 Essex Court:

Tel: 020 7936 3030 or 020 7832 1010.

Tel out of hours: 07721 866 858.

Email: clerks@1ec.co.uk

VAT number: 315 6185 10.

I am the author of the first edition of the ‘Contentious Probate Handbook’ (published by the Law Society on 1 October 2016), and was a guest speaker at the annual one day seminar of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS) in the City of London on 7 April 2016.

To download a copy of my paper (which is being serialised in the ACTAPS monthly Newsletter) please click on this link.*

My article, ‘Equitable compensation arising out of sale of a property ordered under s.14 TLATA’ was published by Oxford University Press, in Trusts & Trustees, Volume 23, Issue 10, 1 December 2017, Pages 990–995: https://academic.oup.com/tandt

Trusts & Trustees (Oxford University Press) is a rigorous peer-reviewed journal, which is sold and distributed worldwide.

Trusts & Trustees is the leading international journal on trust law and practice. The most significant source of information in its field, the journal is essential for all trusts practitioners and lawyers … The journal is ideal for international trust lawyers working in both private practice and in-house in trust companies. It will also be an essential source of reference for academics specializing in trusts; members of the judiciary; members of regulatory bodies; and institutional libraries.’ Oxford University Press.

My seventh book, the  ‘Contentious Trusts Handbook – Practice and Precedents’, was published by the Law Society in July 2020.

My latest article ‘Judicial-ENE and the New Normal’ is scheduled for publication by Trusts & Trustees (Oxford University Press) in the forthcoming Issue 9

I am developing ‘Art Litigation and Cultural Heritage Disputes’ as a niche practice area, and am a member of the Institute of Art & Law in London, where I am studying for a Diploma in Art Law.

My new book, the ‘Contentious Trusts Handbook’ contains a practice note contributed by the distinguished Art Historian, Pandora Mather Lees (www.artonsuperyachts.com), entitled, ‘Art & Heritage Assets – Duties of Trustees’, and I am currently researching substantive aspects of art and antiquities law for a new book I am planning to write for publication in 2022 provisionally entitled‘Fiduciary Theory of Art And Cultural Heritage’.

The outline of the book appears on the ‘Art & Antiquities Disputes’ page at www.ihtbar.com.

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