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Howard Kennedy LLP

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Private Client


Naomi O’Higgins is an expert in trusts and estates disputes, as well as, Court of Protection work. Much of her caseload has an international element.

Naomi is Head of our Trusts and Estates Disputes practice. She supports clients across a range of trusts disputes including breach of trust claims and trustee/beneficiary disputes. She has particular experience of litigation with cross-border elements working with lawyers in offshore jurisdictions. She additionally advises on non-contentious trusts related applications.

She acts for clients on inheritance disputes including challenges to the validity of wills, removal of executors and claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.

Naomi works with clients on Court of Protection matters such as statutory wills, disputes regarding the appointments or actions of attorneys, as well as, other cases concerning people lacking capacity to manage their own affairs.

She is a private client solicitor who specialises in litigation. This means that she takes a practical and empathetic approach to advising clients facing difficult, often emotional, challenges.

Naomi works alongside colleagues in the firm’s Private Client and Family teams on complex multi-jurisdictional issues. She has litigated in a number of foreign/offshore jurisdictions including, the Channel Islands, the Cayman Islands, the British Virgin Islands, the Bahamas and Switzerland and has excellent relationships with firms in those and the other major offshore jurisdictions.

Naomi is a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and  the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS).

She is dual qualified having been admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in Ireland in 2017.

Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS), the STEP Contentious Trusts and Estates and Mental Capacity Special Interest Groups, and the Law Society Probate Section. She is dual qualified having been admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in Ireland in 2017.

Naomi leads the firm’s Charity Committee.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Private client > Contentious trusts and probate

(Leading individuals)

Naomi O’HigginsHoward Kennedy LLP

Howard Kennedy LLP has a ‘stellar practice that is going from strength to strength’ advising wealthy clients on complex, high-value and high-profile disputes. It handles a multitude of multi-jurisdictional litigation and many aspects of the team’s work relate to cross-border disputes, with a large proportion of the work including elements of international succession, offshore assets and trusts. Head of department is Naomi O’Higgins who ‘is the iron hand in the kid glove, immensely pleasant to deal with but an absolute terrier too’. Emily Mailer receives many plaudits. The practice added Monika Byrska to its ranks from Thomson Snell & Passmore – an ‘excellent addition to the team’. Overall it is praised for providing a ‘Rolls- Royce service’ to clients.