Contested Wills, Trusts, and Inheritance Disputes

Top tier ranked law firm for contentious trusts and probate

Independently accredited by the Legal 500 and Chambers HNW

Dedicated team of specialist solicitors

Clear understanding of complex and high value cases

Members of ACTAPS and STEP

Lexcel Legal Practice Quality Mark (The Law Society Accredited)

Practical solutions for all parties involved in Contested Wills, Trusts, and Inheritance Disputes

A trust and inheritance disputes team that ‘achieves good results for its clients time and time again.’ The Legal 500 UK 2016

Our Contested Wills, Trusts and Inheritance Disputes team is rated as one of the leading law firms for wills and probate disputes. With a dedicated team of specialist solicitors, we pride ourselves on providing sensible and pragmatic advice to clients, aiming to resolve disputes quickly and cost effectively. We are recognised for our ability to resolve even the most difficult of cases.

A specialist Trusts and Inheritance disputes team

Amanda Noyce is “an extremely competent and dedicated lawyer who adopts a pragmatic approach to achieve great outcomes for her clients”. She is supported by Mike Muston, who “gives excellent and fair advice” and is “very capable of mediating matters by himself without the input of counsel.” (The Legal 500)
Amanda Noyce is a “top lawyer in the field”, and “a real star in this area, she gets loads of work in and deals with it brilliantly. You can be immediately confident she will deal with things in an efficient and confident manner; she gets great results for her clients.” (Chambers 2019)

Calum Campbell has been recognised as an Associate to Watch. He “is very thorough, commercially minded and pragmatic” and is an “extraordinarily approachable, down-to-earth and engaging man.” (Chambers 2019)

 

Our specialist Trusts and Inheritance disputes team can provide practical solutions to achieve the best results quickly and cost effectively.

Legal Experts

Estates

  • Contested wills – including issues of mental capacity and undue influence
  • Claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975
  • Disputes with and removal of Executors
  • Claims for rights to land and proprietary estoppel

Trusts

  • Disputes with and removal of Trustees
  • Actions against Trustees for breach of trust
  • Trusts of land and cohabitee disputes

Court of Protection

  • Disputes with and removal of Attorneys
  • Safeguarding against financial abuse
  • Statutory wills

Our credentials

Amanda Noyce is described by a peer as a “top lawyer in the field, and very easy and sensible to work with.”  She is an experienced litigator and heads the firm’s contested wills, trusts and inheritance disputes team. “She is a real star in this area, she gets loads of work in and deals with it brilliantly,” enthuses a source, adding: “You can be immediately confident she will deal with things in an efficient and confident manner; she gets great results for her clients.”Chambers 2018 South West 

“Associate Calum Campbell is recognised this year on the back of positive comments from a number of market sources. His burgeoning practice has a focus on contentious trust and probate claims. “He is very thorough, commercially minded and pragmatic,” says one source, while another commends him for being an “extraordinarily approachable, down-to-earth and engaging man.”” Chambers 2018 Thames Valley

“Royds Withy King ‘achieves good results for its clients time and time again’. Amanda Noyce ‘is unflappable’ in Court of Protection applications involving mental capacity issues, as well as Inheritance Act, tax and professional negligence matters.” Legal 500 2016 South West


Success in the Barton Case

Amanda Noyce, head of the Contested Wills, Trusts, and Inheritance Disputes team, 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:

https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/crooked-care-home-owner-claimed-14898795

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5950915/Care-home-boss-stole-millions-residents-spent-money-luxury-cars-jailed.html


[The team provided] wise advice throughout and were very clear and honest about costs and the chances of success. Everything I was looking for. I am most grateful.

Mr D Bartlett

I contacted Amanda Noyce on recommendation and she could not have been more empathetic or helpful. She was always very thorough, looking at all angles of our case ably assisted by Mike Muston. We now regard them both as friends. Royds Withy King have always treated us fairly, regularly updating us on the amount spent and likely future charges and, we believe, very reasonable.

Julia May

Dealing with Mike Muston over a difficult case of probate made me feel that we would win, which in the long term proved to be right.

David Palmer

FAQs

The time limits that may affect your claim will depend on the type of claim you are looking to bring. Some claims have strict time limits, which may be as short as 6 months after a Grant is obtained from the Probate Registry. However, even if your claim is not subject to a strict time limit, you will want to make sure that the property you are claiming against remains safe and secure. For this reason, whatever the nature of your claim, we recommend getting in touch with us as soon as possible to protect your position.

We like to consider each case before we meet with prospective clients. This aims to ensure that you do not need to pay for unnecessary fees, should we feel that there is not a case worth pursuing.

Please complete the enquiry form, providing us with as much detail as possible. We will then aim to get back to you within 24 hours with a response. We are also happy to have a short no obligation phone conversation with you, in order to understand the case further and advise on the next steps to be taken.

Some can last just a few weeks, but others may, unfortunately, take many months to resolve. Whatever your circumstances, we take an active approach and look for practical solutions to help settle a case as quickly as possible. We’ll treat every case as sensitively and efficiently as possible, always focusing on the best interests of our clients. By aiming to settle your case well before trial, we’ll hopefully save you time, stress and money.

Once we have considered your case we can provide you with advice about the anticipated costs and the options of funding that are available. Your funding options may include:

  • Funding the costs yourself
  • Funding the costs through your legal expenses insurer
  • Funding through a “no win no fee” agreement

Whatever your situation, we’ll make sure to keep you fully informed every step of the way. We try and settle just about every case before it comes to trial, which keeps costs to a minimum and ensures you have as much control over any agreement reached as possible.

 

 


Contact us now to find out how we could help you achieve the best results for you, quickly and efficiently.