Partner & Head of Estate & Trust Disputes
I am an experienced Civil Litigator specialising in Contested Probate matters and all types of Inheritance disputes. I have successfully dealt with a number of validity challenges relating to disputed Wills on grounds including lack of capacity, undue influence, lack of knowledge and approval and failure to comply with the formalities of executing a Will correctly.
I am popular with clients for my down to earth and sympathetic approach which is balanced with my natural ability to fight tenaciously to get the best results I can for my clients.
I am hard working and fully support Alternative Dispute Resolution as all parties to litigation are encouraged at an early stage to try and resolve disputes without issuing formal court proceedings. I have acted for clients at mediation and have successfully negotiated settlements.
I represent both Claimants and Defendants in claims brought under The Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975. I have acted for a number of cohabitees in difficult complex relationships, adult children, step-children and dependants in heavily contested claims. I have successfully negotiated significant and favourable sums for all of my clients whilst supporting them through the litigation process.
I deal with claims relating to parties having a beneficial interest in property by contributing cohabitees. I also act for family members who have assisted other family members to purchase their homes under the "Right to Buy" scheme.
I have also dealt with complex and technical mutual will arguments, constructive, resulting and secret trusts.
I have advised on rectification issues, co-executor disputes, beneficiary disputes and the removal of trustees.
I am extremely passionate about this area of law and pride myself on being able to sensitively help and guide my clients through the litigation process.