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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.

West Midlands: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate

Within: Contentious trusts and probate

Irwin Mitchell  is an 'excellent practice' working on claims pertaining to will validity, construction of wills and redemption. Gavin Faber is 'an outstandingly good litigation solicitor', with 'great confidence' and 'a good eye for detail'.  He is assisted by associate solicitor Ashleigh Carr, who is 'a truly smart cookie' with 'kindness coupled with sheer brilliance'. Also recommended is Michelle Chapman who is also experienced in will,trust and estate disputes.

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