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Freeths’ team is led by Mark Keeley, who is a qualified commercial mediator and has been appointed by the court on several occasions to serve as an independent replacement trustee and administrator in several contested estates. Rachel Gaffney is also recommended.

Hewitsons’ contentious trusts and probate team covers a wide spectrum of matters, including claims for reasonable financial provision, contested wills, Variation of Trusts Act applications, and Court of Protection work. Cambridge-based Lucinda Brown heads the practice

Nelsons Solicitors Limited’s Kevin Modiri heads the ‘well-organised and highly efficient’ team, and is praised for his ‘impressive degree of skill and abilities’. Noel McNicholas is also recommended.

Andrew Wilkinson heads Shakespeare Martineau LLP’s practice, which recently gained Battersea Dogs’ and Cats’ Home and World Horse Welfare as new clients. Wilkinson is noted for his experience acting on behalf of minors in complex Inheritance Act claims.

Gateley Plc’s ‘excellent’ team was instructed on several probate and Inheritance Act claims. Chris Greenwell and Claire Herbert are recommended.

Lindsey Atterbury leads the team at Howes Percival LLP, which was bolstered by the arrival of Sharon Eyre from Bretherton Law.

Roythornes Solicitors’ team has particular strength acting in contentious trust and probate matters related to agricultural land and estates. Tim Russ is the key figure.

Highlights for Smith Partnership included acting in a series of probate and Court of Protection litigation mandates. Simon Richardson heads the practice.

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