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Hugh James

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Cardiff, LONDON

Matthew Evans

Work 033 3016 2222
Hugh James

Work Department

Wealth Management


Matthew is a partner and heads up the firm’s private wealth offering. He is responsible for the development, implementation and long-term strategy of the team.

Matthew has a UK-wide reputation in the field of contentious probate, recognised by his clients and peers in the leading legal directories.

Matthew’s expertise lies in all aspects of contentious probate including: contesting a will/defending a will challenge, bringing and defending Inheritance Act claims, estates and trust disputes, Court of Protection disputes and Bringing and defending claims founded in doctrines of equity, such as proprietary estoppel and constructive trusts.

Matthew regularly receives instructions from a wide range of clients including lay beneficiaries, professional trustees and executors, company directors, charities, financial institutions, and trust corporations.

Matthew has acted in several widely publicised cases including reported cases such as Re: Edwards [2007] EWHC 1119 (Ch) which involved a successful challenge to a will on the basis of undue influence, Iqbal v Ahmed [2011] EWCA Civ 900 a successful claim by a disinherited spouse against her husband’s estate by virtue of the Inheritance (Provision For Family And Dependants Act) 1975.

Matthew has also been heavily involved in the development of Hugh James’s volume wills, estate administration and trust administration services which are provided to the customers of banks and other financial institutions. He has considerable experience of working with professional partners to develop and implement such propositions and working closely with them to optimise service delivery.

Matthew has developed expertise in tax, trusts and estates disputes arising in the agricultural sector and has acted in many high value and high profile cases, often involving proprietary estoppel. One of his notable cases, Davies v Davies (2016) EWCA Civ 463, a successful proprietary estoppel claim arising in a farming business, has attracted considerable coverage in the national press and within the legal community with his client being termed ‘the Cowshed Cinderella’. The matter was heavily litigated, with two first instance trials, two appeals to the Court of Appeal, to deal with the questions of eligibility and quantum, and numerous interim applications, as well as an appeal to the Supreme Court. Ultimately Matthew’s client was awarded £500,000 with the case reported at each stage of its journey through the courts.


  • Qualified: 2003
  • Joined Hugh James: 2006
  • Associate at Hugh James: 2008
  • Senior Associate at Hugh James: 2010
  • Partner at Hugh James: 2012



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Wales: Private client

Agriculture and estates

Within: Leading individuals

Matthew Evans - Hugh James

Within: Agriculture and estates

With numerous lawyers able to conduct business through the medium of Welsh and also benefiting from significant expertise across core areas of concern impacting the agricultural community (including as it relates to property issues and estates planning), Hugh James is well-placed to provide a 'very effective service' to high-net-worth landowners, as well as public sector entities. As head of the firm's overarching wealth management offering, Matthew Evans regularly handles agriculture-related matters, specifically relating to succession planning and contentious probate, including as it relates to farming proprietary estoppel cases.

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Contentious trusts and probate

Within: Leading individuals

Matthew Evans - Hugh James

Within: Contentious trusts and probate

One of the few firms in Wales providing a standalone contentious probate offering, Hugh James' 'talented' two-partner team has the 'depth of resources' to provide an 'excellent service' that accommodates both institutional and private client needs. The 'kind of lawyer you would recommend to a true friend in need of help', team head Roman Kubiak 'leads by example' and excels at handling high-value cross-border probate disputes. The 'outstanding' Matthew Evans regularly handles litigation within his broad-ranging private client offering; he has a particular focus on handling complex agricultural and proprietary estoppel cases. Associate Vlad MacDonald-Munteanu is also recommended.

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