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Irwin Mitchell

THOMAS EGGAR HOUSE, FRIARY LANE, CHICHESTER, PO19 1UF, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01243 786111
Fax:
Fax 01243 775640
DX:
30300 CHICHESTER
Email:
Web:
www.irwinmitchell.com/

Paula James

Tel:
Work 01243 813147
Email:
Irwin Mitchell

Work Department

Trust and estate dispute resolution.

Position

Head of trust and estate dispute resolution, will disputes, trust disputes, contentious statutory wills, disputes relating to EPAS, professional negligence, contentious issues arising out of the administration of estates or trusts.

Career

Trained Thomas Eggar LLP; qualified 1991; partner 1999. Started career as general commercial litigator with a particular interest in intellectual property matters. Later specialised in insolvency work litigating for administrators and trustees in bankruptcy. In 2000, moved to form and lead the trust and estate dispute resolution team, growing it to its current size (Feb 11) of six earners, with several prestigious trust company and banking clients.

Member

Professional Negligence Lawyers’ Association; ACTAPS (Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists).

Education

Bishop Luffa School, Chichester; Nottingham Trent University (1987 LLB 2(1)); Guildford College of Law (1988).

Leisure

Outdoor activities, socialising, cooking.


South East: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate

Within: Leading individuals

Paula James - Irwin Mitchell

Within: Contentious trusts and probate

Irwin Mitchell's dedicated contentious trusts and probate team 'can go toe to toe with any other specialist litigators in the country; its size and the resource it is able to deploy on cases is impressive to behold'. It has an extensive track record handling high-value and complex disputes for individuals, entrepreneurs, business people, banks, executors, trustees, charities and beneficiaries. The practice handles probate disputes involving issues of validity, testamentary capacity, undue influence and rectification claims; family provision claims; professional negligence claims arising from defective defective trust instruments and wills; proprietary estoppel claims against estates; and statutory wills and Court of Protection matters. Practice head Paula James 'wastes no time in getting straight to the point and finds the shortest distance to a solution no matter how tough the journey'. Senior associate Stephen Ireland is 'particularly proactive when it comes to gathering evidence and always has the client's wider interests at heart'. Samantha Ewing joined Charles Russell Speechlys LLP.

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