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Bond Dickinson LLP’s Newcastle office attracts praise for providing ‘a quality of service that rivals competitors across the region and in London’. Key individuals in Newcastle include Jonathan Grogan, whose key strengths are his ‘thoughtful and client-friendly approach’, and practice head Neil Long, who has considerable experience acting on validity and capacity disputes, advising on construction and interpretation issues, representing clients in trustee and beneficiary disputes, and handling contested Court of Protection applications.

At Hay & Kilner, Martin Soloman acted for the beneficiary of a deceased party who had entered into various complex property arrangements with his partner (who is also now deceased) and where a trustee has been involved in the management of significant assets.

At Ward Hadaway, Julie Huntingdon and Gaynor Jackson are leading the team in a claim for provision under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, which involved examining the extent to which a spouse’s health should affect their claim for provision which goes beyond maintenance. Samantha Lowe left the practice in 2015.

Cartmell Shepherd’s team is led by Peter Stafford who is ‘very easy to deal with and explains things in easily understandable terms’. Senior associate Stephanie Johnson recently acted for a daughter in a dispute with her sister who jointly held lasting power of attorney for property and financial affairs over their parents who were both in care.

Tilly Bailey & Irvine’s recent cases include acting for the daughter of the deceased who was the sole beneficiary of her mother’s estate in a claim brought by her brother in which he challenged the validity of the will due to the deceased’s alleged lack of testamentary capacity. Debra Burton heads the team.

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