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Amanda Noyce


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Amanda is a contentious probate solicitor in our Bath office. She is a Partner and heads our specialist Contested Wills, Trusts & Inheritance Disputes team. With over 20 years' experience in litigation, she was recently short-listed for Lawyer of the Year for her work on the high profile Barton case in the 2018 Bristol Law Society Awards. Amanda has practiced in both the non-contentious and contentious areas of inheritance, probate and trusts but now specialises exclusively in contentious probate and trusts work.

I found Amanda very caring and supportive. I wish I had met Amanda earlier I felt I was in good hands.
Royds Withy King client

About Amanda

 The Legal 500 - The Clients Guide to Law Firms 

Chambers and Partners HNW (2018) independent directory describe Amanda as a”top lawyer in the field, and very easy and sensible to work with.”  Amanda is an experienced litigator who leads the firm’s Contested Wills, Trusts, and Inheritance Disputes team. An independent source describes that Amanda “is a real star in this area” and comments that clients “can be immediately confident she will deal with things in an efficient and confident manner; she gets great results for her clients.”

In Chambers and Partners UK (2017), an independent source commented: “She is at the top of her game. She is very experienced and diligent, and she really brings her wealth of experience to bear on the cases. She provides an excellent service to clients. She is very pragmatic and won’t waste people’s time and money on unnecessary claims. She’s good at settling pragmatic solutions.” An independent source describes Amanda as “very approachable and understanding,” adding: “I couldn’t recommend her highly enough. She is very thorough with her investigations and covers all angles.”

The Legal 500 UK 2017 says Amanda and her team “combines a ‘proactive approach in seeking to resolve disputes’ with ‘a high level of expertise’. The practice has strong expertise in handling will validity claims, trustee disputes, applications to the Court of Protection in mental capacity matters and Inheritance Act claims”. Amanda is “an extremely competent and dedicated lawyer who adopts a pragmatic approach to achieve great outcomes for her clients.” Amanda is “unflappable” in Court of Protection applications involving mental capacity issues, as well as Inheritance Act, tax and professional negligence matters.

The Legal 500 also recognise Amanda’s work in inheritance disputes in farming families and the agricultural community, describing her as an “excellent lawyer with an incredible breadth of knowledge”.

Amanda’s expertise is considerable and includes advising and supporting clients through;

  • Will disputes – contesting and defending Wills
  • trust disputes – contesting and defending trusts
  • estate disputes
  • advising farming families in inheritance disputes
  • advising charities in inheritance disputes
  • tax disputes
  • negligence actions against professionals, particularly relating to tax advisers
  • applications to the Court of Protection.

Amanda is regularly invited to lecture to lawyers on inheritance and trust law.


Barton Case

Amanda recently defended the families of two victims in the high profile Barton case which was extensively covered in the press. David Barton, a care home owner conned vulnerable elderly residents in excess of £4million by grooming them and alienating them against their friends and families. Barton persuaded six residents to entrust him with power of attorney and appointed himself executor of their wills, taking money from their bank accounts. Barton was found guilty and jailed for 21 years. You can read more about the case in press coverage below:

Hart v Burbidge

Amanda successfully defended the Hart brothers in the recent high-profile case which was widely reported and debated on in the legal press. Susan Burbidge lost her appeal against the England and Wales High Court’s finding that she unduly influenced her mother Phyllis Hart to give her £700,000. The Court of Appeal confirmed that Mrs Burbidge and her husband must compensate her brothers Ken and Paul Hart for the loss of their inheritance due to the adeemed gifts (Hart v Burbidge, 2014 EWCA Civ 992).

Memberships :

The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)
The Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS)

Clients are understandably confused by inheritance and trust issues as it’s a constantly changing area. I always try to take a personal interest in my clients so that I can understand their worries or problems and how we might best solve them.

Amanda Noyce

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Care home fraudster jailed – Justice for Gordon Willey’s family

11 July 2018

Southport care home fraudster David Barton has today been found guilty on multiple counts of defrauding elderly people in their care following a year-long criminal trial. He will be sentenced on Friday (13 July) for his offences against various elderly …

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A great turn out for Contentious Probate Update

2 March 2017

Solicitors from Bath, Bristol and across South West and Wales attended our annual Contentious Probate Update in Bath. The seminar was hosted by our Inheritance & Trusts Disputes team with St John’s Chambers and Mogers Drewett.

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Hart brothers win inheritance battle against their sister

22 July 2014

Two Dorset brothers have won their long-running legal battle against their sister for a share of their mother’s inheritance. Kenneth and Paul Hart of Poole have won their dispute over gifts amounting to £700k which were made to their sister …

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Inheritance and Trust disputes team help brothers claim rightful inheritance

14 June 2013

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Wife’s claim for financial provision

12 December 2012

Fiona* had been married to her husband, Graham, for 25 years before his death. However, shortly prior to his death, Graham had an affair with Helen and, without Fiona’s knowledge, he changed his Will to leave everything to Helen.

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Examination of accounts and asset tracing

We acted as executors in relation to the estate of Kevin*, who was one of five brothers.

During this process we found out that a property, which was the main asset of the estate, may have been incorrectly transferred to Kevin during his lifetime.

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Defending a claim brought by mother’s carer

James* and Kristina were beneficiaries of their late mother’s estate. They were facing a claim from their late mother’s carer, Isobel, that she should be entitled to a share of their mother’s estate too.

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Removal of an executor for failing to deal with mother’s estate

We acted as executors in relation to the estate of Kevin*, who was one of five brothers.

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