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The ‘very strong team’ at Mills & Reeve LLP regularly advises on disputes concerning the validity of wills, actions against trustees and executors, claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Families and Dependants) Act 1975 and related claims over lifetime transactions. It also acts in contested legacy matters for a number of charities. The ‘very capable’ Simon Pedley ‘handles a wide range of high-value disputes’.

Pannone Corporate LLP acts for claimants, executors and beneficiaries on a variety of claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975. Team head Nicola Marchant ‘explains everything very clearly and puts her clients at ease’. Senior associate Jonny Scholes is ‘very efficient’.

Addleshaw Goddard LLP is noted for its specialist advice on the use of trusts in a commercial context and advises high-net-worth individuals and families on significant national and regional business succession and planning. Yorke Eaton is singled out for praise.

Brabners LLP is particularly experienced at advising on the validity of wills, trusts and claims for the provision of dependents. Senior associate Simon Morris has ‘great attention to detail and a superb memory – he is able to recall the tiny details of very complex cases’.

The ‘responsive and very knowledgeable’ team at DWF is adept at handling complex trust and probate disputes – often with a cross-border element – in addition to advising professional trustees and trust companies on the administration of trusts, bankruptcy and other issues. Key figures include Chris Gee, who is ‘calm under pressure’ and Chris King.

Gorvins Solicitors’ ‘totally professional, approachable and sympathetic team’ includes Christine Thornley and senior associate Michael Smoult, who ‘work tirelessly’ for their clients.

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP acts for owner-managed businesses, family businesses and high-net worth individuals. Andrew Weinberg, the ‘well-regardedGraham Wood, and Cyril Rose regularly act in the most complex and high-value disputes.

Myerson Solicitors LLP is ‘large enough to employ solicitors with a broad range of expertise but not so big that the lawyers cannot collaborate to achieve the best outcome for the clients’. Solicitor Ben Wilsonleaves no stone unturned’ and is recommended alongside Adam Maher.

Slater Heelis LLP attracts praise for its team of ‘technically very able and competent practitioners’. Rebecca Sharp left the firm in June 2016.

Aaron & Partners LLP had another busy year advising on contested wills, trusts and estates. The well-regarded Clive Pointon heads the practice.

Manchester-based Sean Williams leads the team at Hill Dickinson LLP, which includes Fionnuala Kenny in Liverpool.

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