Wills & Trusts Disputes

Pragmatic, expert guidance

The members of our specialist team are widely recognised as leaders in this field, offering strength in depth and a truly bespoke approach for clients facing difficulties of any kind concerning an estate or a trust, whether in this country or offshore.


A seamless service

Our best work is confidential, as we resolve the vast majority of our cases without the expense or risk of a court hearing.

In cases where this has not been possible, we have a proven track record and are at the cutting edge of the developing law.  Examples of cases we have handled include:
 

Ilott v Blue Cross & Ors The Supreme Court's first ever ruling on claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, where we acted for the successful appellant charities.
King v Dubrey The leading case on gifts made in contemplation of death (donations mortis causa) where we acted for the successful appellants.
Rubin v Eurofinance The Supreme Court's leading decision on the common law rules regarding enforcement of foreign bankruptcy orders.  We acted for the successful intervener.
RNLI v Headley Provides clear guidance on the requirement for trustees to provide accounts to beneficiaries, where we acted for the successful applicants.
Kell v Jones Provides clear guidance on when a solicitor's mistake in drafting a will can be fixed by rectification, and when the solicitor must pay damages to remedy the problem.  We acted for the successful defendants.

Working for individuals, professionals and charities, we liaise closely with our colleagues in our Tax & TrustsLanded & Historic Estates and Probate teams to provide a complete and seamless service.

“Wonderful level of client care and attention to detail, phenomenal intelligence, legal expertise and tactical nous. I can see why so many charities go to them as a matter of course for their legacy work.”

Legal 500, 2021

“The contentious probate team at Wilsons are knowledgeable, thorough, practical and have the charity’s best interests at the forefront of their minds when making recommendations.”

Legal 500, 2021

“We wouldn’t use another firm for our contentious matters.”

Legal 500, 2021