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Solicitor - Estate & Trust Disputes Specialist
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01483 670 400
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Qualified

2010

Firm Trained With

Wilsons

Languages Spoken

English

Profile

I am a specialist estates and trusts litigator acting on a broad range of contentious issues involving individuals, families, executors, administrators and trustees.  Disputes can arise during the lifetime of an individual or on death.  Should a lawyer be necessary to resolve a dispute of this nature, this is when I am often instructed by one party.

More often than not, I resolve these disputes before the need to involve a Court via careful, considered negotiation and occasionally with the assistance of a mediator.  In the instance that a Court is involved, my client is properly apprised of their position and the process, the risks and cost implications.

Costs are often a concern for clients who understandably do not want to write a blank cheque for fees.  Before taking on any case, I ensure that the case is properly and accurately costed so that the client embarks upon litigation with open eyes.  McMillan Williams offer a variety of fee structures which we are happy to discuss with a client prior to acting.

I have acted for many clients involved in Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act claims.  I frequently advise on property and lifetime gifting disputes.  However, many of my cases are as a consequence of a death and subsequent dispute over assets held by the estate or trust.  Often this is a dispute regarding the Will or trust document or over who should be carrying out the intentions (if known) of the deceased.

Awards, Accreditations & Memberships

Recent Successes

  • I represented the administrator in a case involving the estate of a Georgian oligarch.
  • I acted for and defended a minor child involved in an Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act claim brought by his mother against him.
  • I have assisted many clients in disputes regarding lifetime gifting.
  • I acted in a family dispute regarding which child should take out a grant in respect of their mother's estate.
  • I have achieved favourable settlements for clients at mediation.

Work in the Community / Pro Bono Work

  • Trustee of The Brooke, an international charity that sustainably supports working horses, donkeys and mules which in turn makes a huge difference to the livelihoods of their owners.


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