My article new article ‘Electing between equitable remedies’

My new article ‘Electing between equitable remedies’, has been approved for publication by Oxford University Press for Publication in Trusts & Trustees, and is scheduled for publication in Issue 2 of the current volume (28).


Carl Islam explains the operation of the principle of election, and concludes that in a breach of fiduciary duty claim, before an election between equitable remedies must be made by the claimant beneficiary, the judge should first consider the duties and powers of the defendant fiduciary. Because that exercise is inseparable from determination of breach, the author further submits that the exercise should be undertaken by the judge at the same time, i.e. at trial, before making a finding about breach. To request a copy of the article following publication, please send an email to

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About the author

Carl Islam LLM (Exon)(International Business Law), of Lincoln’s Inn and the Middle Temple, Barrister-at-Law (practising), TEP, SCMA accredited mediation advocate, MSoM, Certified Mediator and Panel Member of the Society of Mediators in London. Dual qualified as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court. Registered Public Access Barrister and authorised by the Bar Standards Board to conduct litigation. Chambers of Ian Mayes QC, First Floor, 1 Essex Court, Temple, London ( Author of the ‘Contentious Probate Handbook – – Practice and Precedents’ (published by the Law Society in October 2016); the ‘Contentious Trusts Handbook – Practice and Precedents’ (published by the Law Society in July 2020); and of ‘Tax-Efficient Wills Simplified’ (Amazon Kindle book). As a practising Barrister and Mediator, Carl specialises in Contentious Probate, Inheritance Act, and Trust Disputes (including Co-Habitation and Ownership of Property). Carl is also a contributor to Taxation (Tolley), and is developing the outline of a six hour course to present by Zoom from May 2022 entitled, ‘Trust Disputes, Litigation & ADR’.. For more information please visit, I am currently co-writing an article with Stephanie Churchill CTA for publication by Taxation early next year entitled, ‘The use of DOV’s, s.142 appointments with reading-back under s.144, and disclaimers, in settling a contentious probate dispute.’ I am also developing the outline of a six hour course to present by Zoom from May 2022 provisionally entitled, ‘Transformative Mediation’ – How to transform a Contentious Probate, Inheritance Act and Trust Dispute, into an opportunity to expand the pie by applying estate planning principles to develop bespoke and holistic family wealth structuring solutions.