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Irwin Mitchell

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Paula Myers

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Irwin Mitchell

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Personal legal services – contentious trusts and probate.


National head of contentious trusts and probate. Handling claims on validity of wills, involving issues of undue influence, testamentary capacity, proprietary estoppels claims, rectification actions, financial provision claims, disputes involving trusts and breach of trust claims. Nominated and shortlisted to the final three for the ACTAPS Contentious Solicitor of the Year award in 2013 and 2015.


Trained Dickinson Dees; qualified 1998; assistant solicitor Robert Muckle 1998-2005; associate 2000; Ward Hadaway 2005; partner 2007; head of commercial litigation, Leeds & Manchester 2012; national head of contentious probate Irwin Mitchell 2013. Publications of note: British Journal of Neuroscience Nursing Article on Mental Capacity (2014).


ACTAPS; STEP; Law Society.


Framwellgate Moor Comprehensive School; University of Leicester (1993 BA Joint Hons History and Politics); University of Northumbria, Newcastle (1994 Common Professional Examination); 1995 Legal Practice Course; 2011 ACTAPS qualified; 2012 The STEP Advanced Certificate in Trust Disputes.

London: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate

Within: Contentious trusts and probate

Irwin Mitchell strengthened its practice with the recruitment of Claire-Marie Cornford from Mishcon de Reya LLP . Cornford is an ‘experienced and very impressive lawyer, client focused and tactically astute’. Paula Myers is the national head who is based in Leeds and is also ‘very sensible and good at dealing with difficult people’. The team deals with the full spectrum of contested claims concerning the validity of wills and lifetime gifts.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate

Within: Leading individuals

Paula Myers - Irwin Mitchell

Within: Contentious trusts and probate

The 'absolutely outstanding' contentious trusts team at Irwin Mitchell is considered to be 'one of the biggest players' in this area. The practice handles a full range of wills, trusts and estate disputes for individual clients, banks, executors, trustees and beneficiaries, The group also benefits from being able to leverage its 'top-drawer' national practice, which is headed by Leeds-based Paula Myers. The 'tactically astute' Myers is singled out as 'one of the nationally known, big names in this area', and is currently instructed by a trustee and beneficiary of a £13m trust in a breach of trust claim and a potential claim for misrepresentation. The group has been bolstered with the addition of James Laycock, who joined the Leeds officefrom Gordons LLP, and, with 'excellent technical knowledge', has been considered as 'one of the leading people in this area'.

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