Wills, inheritance and trust disputes

If you have concerns about the validity of a will, suspect abuse of Powers of Attorney, have been left out of an estate or are dissatisfied with the way it has been administered, we can provide you with specialist advice or represent you in Court.

Key Contacts

Emily Prout

Emily Prout

Senior Associate

Robert Sear

Robert Sear


Delivering a strategic approach

Whether you are a beneficiary, executor, trustee or administrator, we offer bespoke guidance, drawing on our considerable experience to resolve your dispute swiftly. We know inheritance can be a highly sensitive area and our specialists will work strategically but thoughtfully to protect your interests.

We invest time in learning about your circumstances to ensure we understand the wider picture and we always approach Court proceedings as a last resort. Instead, we start by assessing your opportunities to achieve a cost-effective resolution through our experience in negotiating settlements, either by way of mediation or other dispute resolution services.
Whether you seek a robust or conciliatory approach, our longstanding experience working across a range of cases means we can tailor our services to you.

Through our lawyers who are members of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS), we will draw on our extensive knowledge and experience to manage your dispute effectively. We also work closely with our Thrings Personal Team, which means you can be sure of comprehensive support in dealing with the full range of your needs.


Our Disputes Team has been involved in a number of high-profile cases in this area. Highlights include:

  • acting for beneficiaries to bring a claim for breach of trustees’ duties in respect of a multi-million pound trust
  • defending a multi-million pound claim for financial provision by a widow under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act
  • challenging lifetime and post-death gifts due to an individual’s lack of capacity
  • acting for a beneficiary to defend a challenge to a will due to undue influence

  • acting for a beneficiary in a successful appeal of a claim for professional negligence arising out of the way in which a will was drafted
  • acting for a beneficiary in a dispute about the administration of the estate, and making a successful application to court to remove the Executor


Our expertise in this area encompasses:

  • challenges about the validity of a will
  • claims by disappointed beneficiaries who have been left insufficient financial provision upon someone’s death
  • disputes with executors for breach of their duties whilst administering an estate or trust


Clients say Rob is ‘well prepared … confident, familiar and at ease with the process’.

Client testimonial