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Alison Meek

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Sinclair Gibson 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 - Sinclair Gibson LLP

Within: Contentious trusts and probate

Sinclair Gibson LLP, a new firm formed as a result of the split of Harcus Sinclair, advises on a wide array of matters from trust and probate disputes for private clients and onshore and offshore professional trustees to disputes over closely held family/private companies. The team is also skilled at handling professional negligence claims for private clients wishing to sue their advisors as well as acting in court of protection proceedings on behalf of minors and other people lacking capacity. In addition the group receives a steady flow of instructions acting for offshore law firms and onshore clients in appeals to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council. Alison Meek and Henry Hickman now head the team.

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