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Charles Russell Speechlys LLPranks among the very best firms in the country for contentious trusts and probate’. Practice head Duncan Elson is ‘bright, practical, engaging’ and ‘an established household name in the field’, senior associate James Lister is ‘simply outstanding’ and associate Rebecca Piper has ‘a brilliant attention to detail’.

Cripps LLP provides ‘an exceptional level of service’ and advice that is ‘worth every penny’. Myles McIntosh, a specialist in high-value contentious probate, leads the team, which handles ‘multimillion-pound disputes with ease’. Also recommended are Russell Simpson, who is ‘a brilliant negotiator and strategist’, and the ‘outstandingPhilip Youdan.

Freeths is ‘among the best’ in the space. The ‘experiencedSarah Foster frequently handles multi-jurisdictional disputes and is recommended along with charities specialist Angela Bowman, who is ‘a calm and assured presence, and a formidable litigator’.

Thomas Eggar LLP’s merger with Irwin Mitchell brought strong private client capabilities to the latter firm. The practice acts for professional trustees, trustee companies, charitable trusts and high-net-worth individuals. The ‘practical, approachable and sensiblePaula James leads the team, which includes associates Margaret Windram and Samantha Ewing.

Clients of B P Collins LLP’s ‘excellent’ team appreciate its ‘creative approach to tailoring solutions to the client’s objectives’. Craig Williams and Matthew Brandiscombine a thorough understanding of the relevant law with commercial realism and tactical nous’.

At Gardner Leader LLP, Alastair Goggins leads the ‘forward-thinking’ team and is singled out as ‘a sound tactician’. Senior associate Tara McInnes ‘brings a pragmatic and commercial approach to her cases’.

Griffith Smith Farrington Webb LLP handles the full range of contentious trusts and probate matters for individuals and estates. Deborah Cain* and Nadia Cowdrey are the key names. *Since publication, Deborah Cain has joined Brachers.

At TWM Solicitors LLP, Guy Perkins leads a team that acts for high-net-worth individuals and has ‘oodles of experience in all sorts of administration actions’.

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