I am a Partner in the Disputed Wills and Trusts team.

I am a specialist trusts and estates litigator, with particular expertise in disputes focusing on trust and probate claims and contentious Court of Protection matters. I act for a wide range of clients based nationally and internationally, including beneficiaries, trustees, personal representatives, and charities.

I frequently advise on high value and/or complex probate and estate disputes, including invalidity claims, capacity and construction issues, as well as claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.

I advise in a broad range of trust related actions, including trustee-beneficiary disputes and applications for the removal of trustees.

I also advise families regarding the potential financial consequences of assisted suicide and make applications for relief from forfeiture under the Forfeiture Act 1982.

I am sensitive to the needs of my clients and always strive to marry high-quality and pragmatic legal advice with a thoughtful and personable manner.

I am a full member of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists, a full member of Solicitors for the Elderly, an Affiliate member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, and a qualified solicitor advocate.

Recent experience

Acting for a suicide’s widow in connection with an application under the Forfeiture Act 1982 for relief against the effects of forfeiture in relation to the interest which passed to the widow in consequence of her husband’s death, including the provision he had made for her in his will. The matter was highly sensitive and complex and was the first reported case of its type.

Acting for an executor and beneficiary in connection with a high value estate and defending a claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975.

Advising a client in connection with a proprietary dispute involving constructive trust and proprietary estoppel claims and financial abuse.

Acting as litigation friend for a vulnerable client in the Court of Protection in connection with an application made by a family member regarding the client’s lasting powers of attorney.

Successfully negotiating a settlement of a spouse’s claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975.