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Burges Salmon LLP represents individuals, corporate trustees, trust managers and beneficiaries. ‘Formidable litigatorSian Edmunds handles ‘complex family farming partnership disputes’ and is recommended alongside joint heads Kevin Kennedy and Justin Briggs, who is ‘an excellent tactician’.

Headed by newly promoted partner Lucy Gill, Foot Anstey’s practice acts for national charities, trust companies and individuals on Inheritance Act, will validity and proprietary estoppel claims. Clients include Age UK, Royal Shakespeare Company and Dogs Trust. Senior associate Holly Mieville-Hawkins joined from Royds Withy King.

Stephens Scown LLP is a ‘long-established firm with a strong reputation’ for agricultural estates and Inheritance Act disputes. Practice head Phil Gregory ‘has the confidence of his clients’. Charisse Crawford was promoted to partner.

At Veale Wasbrough Vizards, Michelle Rose’s ‘leading team’ handles cross-border disputes, testamentary capacity and professional negligence claims. ‘Accomplished practitioner’ Marianne Nankervis and Fiona Lawrence are recommended at senior associate level.

Wilsons represents charities in deed of variation and Inheritance Act matters. James Aspden’s practice also represents individuals in estate succession, will validity and international trusts disputes. Charlotte Watts is also recommended.

Royds Withy Kingachieves good results for its clients time and time again’. Amanda Noyceis unflappable’ in Court of Protection applications involving mental capacity issues, as well as Inheritance Act, tax and professional negligence matters. Holly Mieville-Hawkins is now with Foot Anstey.

Ashfords LLP hired ‘experienced and gutsy’ legal director Kerry Morgan-Gould from Michelmores LLP. Robert Horsey leads the practice, which acts for individuals, trust corporations and charitable legacies.

At Lester Aldridge LLP, Victoria Jones focuses on legacy protection and Geoff Thomas (who is ‘an excellent listener’) handles will validity, Inheritance Act and proprietary estoppel claims.

Michelmores LLP has ‘exactly the sort of team clients want to call on’. Tony Cockayne leads the practice, which represents charities, professional executors and individuals in Inheritance Act and other legacy disputes. ‘Excellent negotiator’ Barny Croft was promoted to senior associate.

Clarke Willmott LLP acts for landed estates as well as agricultural and vulnerable clients. Practice head Esther Woolford and associate Sarah O’Grady are recommended.

Colin Hunter heads the department at Coodes, which assists clients seeking to challenge the validity of wills, and also handles trustee and executor disputes. Key figures at associate level include Melanie Grose (who is ‘an extremely competent lawyer’) and the ‘outstanding’ Ben Sidgwick.

Ellis Jones Solicitors LLP’s practice is ‘streets ahead’ in Inheritance Act claims, will validity disputes and proprietary estoppel claims. The ‘excellent’ Lauren Day (who splits her time between Bournemouth and London) is recommended.

At Humphreys & Co. senior partner Philip Siddons covers the full range of matters, including multi-party trust disputes and Inheritance Act claims.

Porter Dodson LLP’s practice, led by ‘first-rate problem solverStephen Wray, has expertise in undue influence disputes and intestacy matters.

Slee Blackwell is recommended for Inheritance Act claims, executor disputes and will validity issues. Lee Dawkins heads the ‘impressive’ offering.

John Andrews’ practice at Steele Raymond LLP undertakes Court of Protection litigation and inheritance disputes.

Wards handles a large amount of contentious will, estate, probate and trust work. Elizabeth Fry heads the team.

Willans LLP’s ‘excellent’ team represents individuals, executors and beneficiaries. Clients praise ‘hard-nosed litigator’ Paul Gordon.

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