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Irwin Mitchell

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Gavin Faber

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Irwin Mitchell

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Will, trust and estate dispute team.


Gavin has joined Irwin Mitchell LLP to establish a contentious trust and probate team in Birmingham, having headed a team at Higgs & Sons. He acts for professional trustees and executors, trust corporations, charities and individuals, and has extensive experience in dealing with complex trust disputes involving multi-million pound claims. In the last 12 months he has advised on high-profile claims involving fraud and breach of trust, the beneficiaries of a murdered family on extending the forfeiture rule to prevent the murderer’s family recovering pre-existing debts, and a trustee for an alleged breach of the self-dealing rule nearly 50 years ago. He always focuses on a client’s objectives before designing a strategy to best achieve them. Quoted in Legal 500 in 2012 as being ‘first class’ and in 2013 as ‘one of the best litigators in the Black Country’.


Trained Higgs & Sons; qualified 1999; associate solicitor 2002-2005; salaried partner 2005-2012; fixed-share partner 2012-2014; partner Irwin Mitchell 2014 to date.


Full member of ACTAPS (one of the few in the West Midlands); affiliate member of STEP (holding the STEP Advanced Certificate in Trust Disputes) and member of Birmingham Branch Technical Committee; Professional Negligence Lawyers Association; co-deputy chair of the Birmingham Law Society Dispute Resolution Committee; accredited mediator; governor and trustee of Hallfield School, Edgbaston; chair of the HR and Legal Committee; member of Compliance Committee.


Solihull School; Solent University (1991-1994 BA Business Studies); University of Wolverhampton (1995-1996 LLDip; 1996-1997 LPC); ADR Group accredited mediator (2007); STEP Advanced Certification in Trust Disputes (2011).


Keen sportsman, enjoys watching rugby (season ticket holder at Worcester RFC) and horse racing (member of Cheltenham Racecourse), and plays football and cricket. Enjoys fine dining, good wine and spending quality time with family and friends.

London: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate

Within: Contentious trusts and probate

Paula Myers and Paula James at Irwin Mitchell are both ‘charming, very able and also very practical practitioners who have a wealth of experience in private client litigation’, and Gavin Faber is ‘very commercial and practical’. With ‘a strong team nationally’, the firm acts for individual clients, banks, executors and beneficiaries in a broad range of cases from smaller disputes through to complex trust litigation. Its recent work includes a significant reported case on the issue of financial provision for cohabitees, acting for Joy Williams in a cohabitee claim brought by a partner of 18 years; and acting in a high-value matter concerning a £10m estate plus various trusts worth several million pounds, involving an undue influence claim, a will forgery claim, several Inheritance Act claims, and a number of potential breach of trust issues.

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West Midlands: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate

Within: Contentious trusts and probate

One client rates Irwin Mitchell’s Birmingham team as ‘one of the best in the region’, and another singles out Gavin Faber as ‘an extremely safe pair of hands on the helm’. Recent work includes representing the deceased’s step children in an Inheritance Act 1975 claim against the deceased’s natural children as well as the beneficiaries and executors of the estate; and advising on a complicated dispute involving a Court of Protection order and a breach of fiduciary duties through fraud. Clients appreciate associate Douglas Houghton for his ‘steady and calm approach and insight’.

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