Dakis Hagen QC
Legal Week's Private Client Global Elite 2018:
What has been the highlight of your practice over the past 12 months?
The highlight of my practice in the last 12 months has been being part of the successful team in the Barker v Baxendale Walker appeal, a high profile negligence case about a defective tax scheme which used an offshore trustee. We won in the Court of Appeal after five long, hard years of litigation (having lost in the first instance). Though now there is an application for permission to appeal to the Supreme Court...
What advice would you give rising stars/new lawyers in the private client world?
Humility is how you maintain your standards; never be arrogant about your skill; never (if you are in litigation) underestimate your opponent. Remember this is an area of law where personal interaction matters.
What is your favourite quote?
“Only a fool learns from his own mistakes. The wise man learns from the mistakes of others,” Otto von Bismarck.
Dakis Hagen QC, of Serle Court, is a commercial chancery barrister whose practice has a strong emphasis on international trust litigation. In the last year alone, he has acted or advised in contentious trust matters in England, Gibraltar, Bermuda, Cayman, Jersey, Isle of Man, the DIFC and Guernsey. Before taking silk in 2017, he was named Chambers & Partners Chancery Junior of the Year (2014).