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Gardner Leader LLP

Work 01635 508080
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Maidenhead, Newbury, Thatcham

Alastair Goggins

Work 01635 508127
Gardner Leader LLP

Work Department

Contentious trusts and probate, Charities and not-for-profit and Property litigation


Alastair is a Partner and Head of the Dispute Resolution team at Gardner Leader.

Alastair has considerable experience in trusts, probate and inheritance matters and acts on behalf of national charities, local charities and schools. Alastair advises in relation to disputed Wills, claims to remove Executors or Trustees, Breach of Trust cases and Inheritance Act claims.  He regularly acts for charities, executors, trustees and beneficiaries in claims found in the Court of Protection and the High Court. He offers charities clarity of thought and is well versed in finding practical solutions to intractable problems. Alastair also has experience in advising other not for profit organisation on all areas of litigation including independent schools.


Charity Law Association
Institute of Legacy Management
Association of Contentious Trusts and Probate Specialists.

South East: Insurance

Clinical negligence: claimant

Within: Clinical negligence: claimant

Gardner Leader LLP's clinical negligence team is 'very professional and has good communication'; it is particularly experienced in handling birth asphyxia claims. The 'excellent' team lead Alastair Goggins represented a child, who was starved of oxygen during labour and was delivered by emergency caesarean section with no heartbeat or respirations, in a claim against a hospital trust involving delay and miscommunication in proceedings, as well as a lack of swift action upon CTG traces, which caused the baby to suffer life-changing injuries.

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Personal injury: claimant

Within: Personal injury: claimant

Gardner Leader LLP's personal injury team has niche expertise in transport accidents and disasters, road traffic collisions and various aviation accidents. The practice also handles claims involving physical and psychological workplace injuries. Associate Andrew Shipp acted for a claimant who damaged their wrist and shoulder after falling over a box at work, leading to surgery and other treatments, as well as representing a man who was hit by a car, suffered internal bleeding and had to be brought back to life twice on his way to the hospital. Partner Alastair Goggins serves as head of dispute resolution.

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South East: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit

Within: Charities and not-for-profit

Gardner Leader LLP's charities and not-for-profit practice is 'excellent in all areas', with clients singling out Alastair Goggins for his 'prompt responses and understanding of clients' needs - he communicates in plain English and keeps clients updated'. Goggins leads the team, which handles the full range of charities issues for national and local charities, including charity formation and registration; governance and constitutional matters; regulatory compliance; employment law; and dispute resolution.

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Contentious trusts and probate

Within: Leading individuals

Alastair Goggins - Gardner Leader LLP

Within: Contentious trusts and probate

Gardner Leader LLP is 'a forward-thinking, proactive firm with a good grasp of the technical, legal and practical issues that often arise in this area'. The firm's 'very strong litigation team' has been active in a number of trials, ranging from matters such as proving a will in solemn form, to committal proceedings arising from a trial concerning a fraudulent will where a number of witnesses admitted to not telling the whole truth during cross examination. Recent work includes representing two siblings who had been appointed as executors of their late mother's estate in a case against their sibling, who was also an executor of the estate, arising from the sibling's refusal to disclose details of the will or let them see a copy. The practice also acted for the fiancé in an Inheritance Act claim brought against the estate of their deceased partner. Practice head Alastair Goggins 'has a thorough knowledge of the law in this technically complex area, but also understands the commercial realities of the case and the client’s practical requirements, enabling him to give the best possible advice'. Tara McInnes joined Shoosmiths LLP.

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South East: Real estate

Property litigation

Within: Property litigation

Gardner Leader LLP's clients find the firm's property litigation 'very enjoyable to work with' and rate its 'high-quality, commercial property litigation advice'. In an illustration of its growing reputation in the market, the team was recently appointed to the panel of a national building society to handle all property-related claims, including mortgage repossessions, and has experienced an increase in the number of instructions concerning adverse possession claims. The practice is acting for clients with an interest pursuant to an option to purchase land that is subject to a restrictive covenant preventing building on the land in question. Key figures include Alastair Goggins, who is 'a commercially savvy and effective litigator', and the 'pragmatic, dogged and determined' Michele Di Gioia.

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