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Freeths LLP

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45418 COWLEY

Sarah Foster

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Freeths LLP

Work Department

Dispute resolution.


Sarah is the managing partner of the Oxford office of Freeths. She has twenty five years of managing disputes for her clients, with a particular emphasis on inheritance and trust disputes and professional indemnity claims. She heads the private client litigation team in Oxford and deals with a wide range of cases, including issues surrounding the validity of a will; claims against estates for financial provision; disputed trusts; and the removal of executors and trustees. She also acts for private individuals in disputed Court of Protection applications/proceedings during a person’s lifetime.

Sarah also has many years’ experience of dealing with claims made against professionals including legal, construction and financial professionals. She specialises particularly in legal or financial claims with a trust or probate background. She also advises on coverage disputes between insurers and insured.

Sarah is well known and has been praised by clients for her no nonsense, efficient and diligent approach. She is a fierce advocate of mediation, recognizing that in family disputes particularly, it can be an extremely useful tool to bring about early closure of disputes and at reduced cost.


Trained Lovells (now Hogan Lovells); qualified 1994; Wansboroughs 1994-97; Crutes 1997-99 (both now DAC Beachcroft); Henmans; then Freeths 1999 to date; partner 2003; managing partner 2013


Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS); affiliate member of Society of Trust and Estates Practitioners (STEP); Professional Negligence Lawyers Association (PNLA); Law Society.


Whitley Bay High School; University of Nottingham (1990 LLB Hons 2(:1)); College of Law, York (1991).


Triathlons, reading and taxi service for two teenagers

South East: Insurance

Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence

Freeths LLP's professional negligence practice is led by Duncan Crine and handles a wide range of high-value and complex matters for both claimants and defendants across a wide pool of industry sectors. Recent work highlights include acting for a director of a large drinks company in a shareholder dispute. Other key figures include managing partner Sarah Foster, who has particular expertise in trust and probate-related professional negligence matters, and William Richmond-Coggan, who joined the firm from Pitmans LLP.

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South East: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit

Within: Charities and not-for-profit

Freeths LLP advises local and national charities on a broad range of issues such as commercial and corporate negotiations, real estate compliance, aspects of GDPR on fundraising efforts and partnership arrangements. Nigel Roots is the key advisor for tax and trust planning, trust management and charity law. Sarah Foster acts on contentious matters and Lesley Pollock advises on real estate matters. Sarah Bownman joined Shoosmiths LLP in February 2018, Robert Nieri departed to Brabners LLP in September 2018.

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Contentious trusts and probate

Within: Leading individuals

Sarah Foster - Freeths LLP

Within: Contentious trusts and probate

Freeths LLP's contentious trusts and probate team is 'helpful, clear and professional', according to one client, and it garners praise from many others. It works closely with the firm's private client, tax and property teams to provide cross-practice expertise. The group, which is led by Sarah Foster, is best known for advising beneficiaries, executors, trustees and individuals left out of wills on challenges to will validity, trust disputes and Inheritance Act claims. Other areas of expertise include proprietary estoppel claims and Court of Protection matters. Senior associate Sally Goodger acts for both individuals and charities in a broad range of claims.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40

Within: Personal tax, trusts and probate: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40

Freeths LLP provides ‘excellent’ and ‘well-balance’ assistance to a wide range of clients including high-net-worth individuals, estate owners and family businesses. Areas of expertise include complex contentious and non-contentious probate and trust work, Court of Protection and wealth planning, often with a cross-border element. Nigel Roots and Jane Maitland are particularly well known for their work in managing complex inter-generational wealth structures for private individuals. Sarah Foster represents individuals, executors/trustees and charities in disputes arising out of wills, estates and trusts. Lisa Mark-Bell is also recommended for the management of trusts.

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