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Contentious probate

Our contentious wills, probate, estates and trusts team has specialist experience in dealing with all types of disputes. We act for beneficiaries, executors and trustees - including individuals, trust companies and other organisations such as charities.

Whether you have concerns about the validity of a will, the way in which an estate or trust is being administered or have not received what you expected from an estate, our contentious private client solicitors can help. We will quickly advise on the options available to reach a solution for you at what is often an emotionally difficult time. We will also provide detailed information on costs and funding options as this can be as important a factor in the dispute as the dispute itself.

By becoming involved at an early stage and providing tailored advice, we can offer practical solutions to defuse conflict. We aim to resolve matters by negotiation, mediation or other methods of alternative dispute resolution where appropriate and possible. However, when court proceedings cannot be avoided, we ensure that they are conducted professionally and as cost effectively as possible.

We recognise that many cases by their very nature involve members of the same family. With our sensitive and careful approach, we aim to ensure that family relationships are maintained wherever possible and conflict kept to a minimum.

We are happy to provide you with an initial assessment and recommend preliminary action on a fixed fee basis in order to provide you with certainty of cost.

Key contacts


Ben Mackenzie
T: +44 (0)113 213 4133
Email Ben
Nick Collins
T: +44 (0)113 213 4062
Email Nick
Peter McWilliams
T: +44 (0)113 213 4085
Email Peter


Craig Blakemore
T: +44 (0)151 243 9505
Email Craig


Michael Green
T: +44 (0)20 7822 1982
Email Michael


Carole Spiller
T: +44 (0)161 233 7360
Email Carole
Robert Jones
T: +44 (0)161 233 7358
Email Robert
Robert Jones
Robert Jones

Direct dial: +44 (0)161 233 7358
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Meet the team