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Alison Meek

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Harcus Sinclair LLP

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Contentious trusts and probate.


Alison is a partner in Harcus Sinclair's contentious trust and estates team.  She has extensive international and domestic experience acting for professional trustees and trust companies, executors and beneficiaries.

She has been appointed by the High Court to act as an executor in complex estates and in the Court of Protection to act as deputy.  She regularly acts as a litigation friend in disputes representing the interests of minors. 

Her practice onshore and offshore involves a diverse range of disputes involving trusts and estates, from applications for Public Trustee v. Cooper approvals to issues involving breach of trust and disclosure of documents to probate disputes involving testamentary capacity issues and substantial 1975 Act claims.  Further, as a trained and accredited mediator with ADR Chambers, Alison increasingly accepts appointments as a mediator and believes that mediation is often a cost-efficient and effective way in which to resolve family disputes.

Widely acknowledged as one of the leading sector commentators, Alison has co-authored The Practitioner's Guide to Contentious Trusts and Estates and is a co-editor of (and contributor to) International Trust Disputes (published by OUP in 2012).  She has an excellent reputation in the market and is viewed by market commentators as "tenacious" and a "really formidable lawyer" according to Chambers and “outstanding” according to the Legal 500.


Alison qualified at Herbert Smith. Prior to joining Harcus Sinclair in 2007, Alison was a partner at a mid-sized London commercial firm for seven years. Alison trained as a mediator with ADR Chambers, accredited in April 2012.


As a founder of ACTAPS (Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists), Alison was also responsible for supporting the development of the practitioner accreditation scheme and ensuring that its members adhere to the highest professional standards.  After nine years as a member of the Law Society's wills and equity committee, Alison retired from the committee in 2014.


Family (two children), music, cooking, gardening.

London: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate

Within: Leading individuals

Alison Meek - Harcus Sinclair LLP

Within: Contentious trusts and probate

Harcus Sinclair LLP ’s team of five partners and six lawyers is led by Damon Parker and the ‘fantasticAlison Meek . Other key figures include Jon Beresford and the ‘extremely impressive’ Lucy Gibson, who is ‘experienced, knowledgeable and can juggle the complexities of various legal systems masterfully’Henry Hickman has particular experience advising trustees in the context of divorce proceedings and for beneficiaries in their interests under trusts when there is a dispute. Parker continues to act for the estate of the late Poet Laureate Ted Hughes, which recently involved copyright issues arising from an attempt by a new biographer of the late Poet Laureate to publish previously unpublished literary material where copyright is owned by the executors of the estate. Other key clients include Bedell Cristin Jersey and the Iraq Britain Business Council.

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