Getting thoroughly involved with a client, even down to helping them dig documents out of their records, is what I really enjoy about resolving disputes – the better I understand a client’s objectives and motivations, the more pragmatic the advice that I can give.
My court experience stands me in good stead, especially in terms of preparation – I want to be able to spot issues or loopholes, while keeping my advice straightforward and really relevant every time. Going to court can be daunting for a client and my experience means that, if we have to go to court, I can guide clients sympathetically through the process.
Before deciding to specialise in contentious trusts and probate, a good deal of my work was for financial institutions, especially dealing with professional negligence. Experience in this area has given me a good grounding in understanding the assets in an estate.
Outside work, I enjoy spending time with my young family, and I enjoy dance and yoga.
Don’t panic if you think a relative lacks capacity or has made a will under duress – take legal advice straight away.
Don’t be embarrassed to contact us if family relationships have broken down – we are experienced in this area; nothing you say will shock or surprise us.
Once it is clear a dispute may have arisen, don’t risk being tripped up by privilege – take timely legal advice to avoid inadvertent disclosure of privileged correspondence/advice later on.
How likely am I to succeed with my claim?
This question can only be answered following a detailed analysis of the relevant evidence.
How much will it cost me?
This can be difficult to predict, however, a client will always be provided with the best possible costs estimate and kept updated as the matter progresses.
How long will it take?
Dispute resolution can be lengthy and often this is determined by the strategy and response of your opponent. I will provide time estimates for each stage and will always view court proceedings as a last resort if possible.
A lay trustee is not generally entitled to remuneration. The general principle of trust law…Read full article