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Calum Campbell

Calum Campbell

Associate

T: 01793 847 698 (DDI)
T: 01793 847 777
E: calum.campbell@roydswithyking.com

Calum is an associate in our Contested Wills, Trusts & Inheritance Disputes team and specialises in helping clients across Swindon, Oxford, Marlborough and Wiltshire. He helps clients defend or contest a Will and advises on a broad range of inheritance disputes. He specialised in this area after several years practicing as a property and general litigator, with a particular focus on inheritance and trust disputes.



About Calum

legal 500 top law firmCalum is a member of our specialist Contested Wills, Trusts & Inheritance Disputes team. He has been recognised by Chambers and Partners UK (2018) as an Associate to Watch. According to an independent source “he is very thorough, commercially minded and pragmatic,”  while another commends him for being an “extraordinarily approachable, down-to-earth and engaging man.” The team are ranked in tier 1 by the independent legal directory The Legal 500 (2017) who comment that they combine a ‘proactive approach in seeking to resolve disputes’ with ‘a high level of expertise’.

Calum helps clients in relation to Will disputes whether they need legal advice to contest a Will or defend a Will. He advises on claims for financial provision, estate disputes and trust disputes.

Calum takes satisfaction in working with clients in a pragmatic manner to find a way through what are often challenging and upsetting circumstances.

His experience includes:

  • challenges to the validity of Wills including issues of capacity, undue influence, lack of knowledge and approval, execution and revocation
  • claims for provision under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants Act) 1975
  • removal of Trustees and Executors
  • Constructive Trust and Proprietary Estoppel claims
  • claims under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996.

Memberships

Calum is a full member of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists.

Clients often approach us following a bereavement. So as well as trying to come to terms with their loss, they’re faced with unexpected problems with a Will or perhaps a dispute with other family members. I take the time to explore their particular circumstances and concerns so I fully understand the issues which are important to them. The legal issues can be complex and I try to advise in a straightforward and understandable way, always keeping the client’s aims and the possibility of a negotiated solution in mind. I can also call on my general litigation experience where wider issues (as they often do) arise.

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