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Barny Croft

Barny Croft

Senior Associate

''Excellent negotiator"
Legal 500 2016

"I was exceptionally impressed with how Barny dealt with the mediation."

About

Barny is a Senior Associate in the Disputed Wills & Trusts team. Having previously worked for Michelmores between 2008 and 2010, Barny re-joined the firm in 2014 from Stone King LLP and specialises in legacy related disputes for both charities and individuals. 

Barny is experienced in dealing with disputed Wills on the grounds of lack of testamentary capacity, undue influence, lack of knowledge and approval, fraud and failure to execute a Will correctly; disputes concerning the provisions (or lack thereof) in Wills; proprietary estoppel claims (promises made during a testator’s lifetime, but not made good in their Wills); trust disputes; and claims concerning the administration of Estates, including professional negligence.  

He is also a member of the Association of Contentious Trusts and Probate Specialists.

Recent Experience

  • Acting for the civil partner whose partner had recently died in a claim brought by a disappointed beneficiary under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 as well as secret trust arguments.  We managed to negotiate a successful settlement before trial.
  • Acting for the executor and residuary beneficiary in a claim brought under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 brought by the deceased's partner.  Again, we successfully negotiated a settlement, but in this instance before a claim was issued.
  • Acting for a charity in a claim involving a disputed Will on the grounds of lack of testamentary capacity, lack of knowledge and approval as well as secret trust arguments. The case is going to mediation.

 

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