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Greene & Greene stands out for its ‘excellent knowledge and faultless advice’. ‘Polite and efficient’ ACTAPS member Kate Chandler ‘has the instinctive insight all private client litigators need’. ‘Good communicatorBen Fox is ‘an absolute star in complex cases’. They advised on the removal of an executor from a £5m estate.

Hewitsonsfosters good client relationships and provides positive legal support’. ACTAPS member Lucinda Brown is acting for adult children in a contested will claim relating to a parent’s £13m estate.

The service is faultless’ at Mills & Reeve LLP, which includes ACTAPS member David Catchpole, who is ‘clearly on top of his brief’, and ‘personable, tenacious’ solicitor Lucy Howard.

At Birketts LLP, ACTAPS member Bernadette Baker has support from associate Susannah Catchpole whose ‘knowledge and guidance are outstanding’. Catchpole advised on a £3m negligent will-drafting matter.

Litigator Darren Bowen leads Leathes Prior’s specialist team. Bowen and solicitor Sabina Haag advised on a contested will with £6m in assets, and successfully brought a claim against executors for the beneficiary of a £1m estate.

Tees Law is ‘well organised and efficient’. ‘Tough, skilful negotiator’, ACTAPS member and senior associate Sara Stabler has ‘a consistently talented, masterly approach to litigation’. She advised on a trust dispute under TOLATA involving the family of a Russian scientist.

At Ashtons Legal, the ‘sensitive and helpful’ Polly Stephenson is advising on contentious matters arising from the death of an intestate man who had substantial business assets.

Mediator Paul Branch at Buckles Solicitors LLP is advising on two Inheritance Act claims, one of which involves assets exceeding £6.5m.

Clapham & Collinge Solicitorsalways delivers an extremely professional service and accurate advice’. Tammy Parnell (who is singled out for her ‘open, transparent, caring and supportive’ approach) acted for executors in a successful High Court challenge to a malicious caveat that prevented probate.

At Fosters, Adrian Newborough and Chris Fielding acted in High Court proceedings relating to a dispute between executors of a £1m estate.

At Steeles Law, barrister Tom Bailey and ‘helpful, good value’ head of wills, probate and tax Karen Bacon are sought after for contentious probate matters.

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