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Wards Solicitors LLP

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 2

The team at Wards Solicitors LLP operates across its 12 office locations. Elizabeth Fry heads the practice; her expertise includes the handling of trust and land law issues, cross-jurisdictional disputes and Court of Protection matters. Ian Williamson is noted for his expertise in probate and trusts professional negligence claims and inheritance related disputes.

Practice head(s):

Elizabeth Fry

Other key lawyers:

Ian Williamson; Emma Kerry; Lucia Mills


‘Wards LLP have shown expert knowledge in their area and a willingness to resolve the matters at hand.’

‘At every stage of the process, Wards have identified the issues and clearly explained them in “easy to understand” terms, exhibiting their expert knowledge and showing they clearly understand their clients.’

‘They have given honest, sound advice, provided solutions to problems which have arisen and managed our expectations along the way.’

‘Each individual we have dealt with at Wards has shown great sensitivity towards our situation and dealt with us accordingly.’

‘We are extremely satisfied with the service we have received and continue to receive from Wards; We would happily recommend, with confidence, Wards solicitors to anyone who was seeking legal advice.’

‘Lucia Mills has an excellent breadth of knowledge as regards disputes over beneficial interests in property due to her TOLATA specialism.’

‘Incredibly efficient and cost effective. Keen on developing specialisms and instructing counsel who are also specialists.’

Work highlights

    Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence; claimant Tier 3

    Wards Solicitors LLP offers specialist expertise in the personal injury space, with experience acting for claimants who have suffered accidents at work, road traffic accidents and injuries on commercial and public premises. In addition to advising on claims involving soft tissue injuries and fractures, the team is also adept at handling cases involving more complex injuries, such as psychological trauma. Alison Underhill leads the practice and alongside Helen Boyd handles the full range of personal injury claims. Underhill and Boyd are supported by the practice’s bench of associates, including Richard Green, who is particularly focused on industrial disease claims.

    Practice head(s):

    Alison Underhill

    Other key lawyers:

    Helen Boyd; Angela Carnell; Richard Green


    ‘Helpful, rapid response’

    ‘The team demonstrates a caring, personal, approach to supporting their clients.’

    ‘They are deeply rooted within their local South West community. This gives them a good geographic foundation from which they provide a caring, personal, legal service to their clinical negligence clients – many of whom have terrible injuries. They fight very hard for their clients. The team are all highly skilled professionals.’

    Work highlights

      Private client > Family Tier 4

      Wards Solicitors LLP has a large family team spread across a network of offfices in the South West, including bases in Bristol, Portishead and Weston-Super-Mare, and is known as 'a big firm with localised offices, which gives them a very personalised feel that enhances their client care'. The practice is led by Alison Bradley in Bristol; she, Mandy McCabe and Louise Boustead are all trained collaborative lawyers and, along with fellow partner Sylvie Feltham, make up 'a lovely and very professional team.'

      Practice head(s):

      Alison Bradley

      Other key lawyers:


      ‘The team at Wards are lovely and very professional. Their communication is excellent, the payment system is straightforward and the invoicing clear. It was never a problem getting through to someone either by phone or email. I would highly recommend Wards Solicitors and in particular, Emma Willott.’

      ‘Emma Willott is better than any solicitor I could’ve hoped for; she is knowledgeable, logical, calm and dependable. Emma worked tirelessly to ensure my daughter’s well-being was prioritised during a complicated break-up. I will always be so grateful to Emma for being such a dependable source of information and strength during a very difficult time.

      ‘Louise Boustead is a pleasure to work with. She is a sensitive ear for clients in difficult positions.’

      ‘Mandy McCabe and Louise Boustead are stand-outs in this firm – very hands on and client friendly.’

      ‘Louise Boustead and Mandy McCabe are excellent practitioners, and are approachable, sensible and pragmatic.  They will look to resolve matters in a proportionate and client-focused manner.

      ‘Alison Bradley has a very down to earth approach and is a joy to work with. She is able to retain a sense of humour while still being able to focus on the relevant issues and provide a pragmatic and realistic approach to negotiations and settlement.’

      ‘Emma Willott’s knowledge, patience, and bubbly personality helped me through my divorce.’

      ‘Sylvie Feltham is realistic and sensible, providing her clients with balanced sensible advice.’

      Work highlights

        Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 4

        Private client > Court of protection Tier 4

        Jenny Pierce heads the practice at Wards Solicitors LLP that has particular expertise in advising the elderly and their families. The team has dealt with over 100 professional deputyships from 2020 to date. Alison Lamont advises deputies and attorneys, oversees the professional deputyship workload and deals with all aspects of statutory wills and gifts.

        Practice head(s):

        Jenny Pierce

        Other key lawyers:


        ‘I had contact with a number of the team and each one was helpful and conscientious in their dealings with me. The process and time that each process would take was clearly explained and the associated cost were given to me at the beginning so there were no surprises’.

        ‘Every member of the team was equally helpful’.

        ‘Wards Solicitors has been working closely with clients under the court of protection for a number of years and I have always found the team to be very approachable and knowledgeable especially with working and reporting to the office of the public guardian’.

        ‘I have always found Wards to charge a fair fee compared to other law firms’.

        ‘Alison Lamont stands out within the team, Alison is very helpful with any request and has a vast knowledge of the OPG and will provide clear guidance when required’.

        ‘The team is quick to respond to queries, very professional and trustworthy. I have built up an excellent professional relationship for our respective firms’ mutual benefits to provide great client care with the following individuals: Jenny Pierce and Alison Lamont’.

        ‘Excellent client communication across a well-established, caring and professional team with extensive experience’.

        ‘Alison Lamont has an empathy combined with professionalism that make her perfectly suited for this area of practice’.

        Work highlights

        • Successfully applied to call in a deputyship security bond against a joint lay deputy whose co-deputy had spent their mother’s funds prior to his death.
        • Acting as Professional Deputy for MH who lives abroad with his partner and remains married to another party in the UK in the context of a dispute regarding who should inherit if he passes away.
        • Advising S, as carer for P, who had tried to get P to change her will to S’s benefit; successfully agreeing terms of a statutory will (S was a respondent) and mitigating professional repercussions for S.

        Wards Solicitors LLP stands out in the South West as a firm with a strong local heritage, going back more than 100 years, combined with a forward thinking and progressive approach to the law. It prides itself on developing close, supportive relationships with private clients and SME’s whilst delivering superb quality and value. The consistently high number of personal recommendations and excellent satisfaction levels reflect this.

        Wards Solicitors’ has a deep sector knowledge of conveyancing and with more than 7,000 residential and commercial conveyances annually, a reputation for excellence. With 11 offices across Bristol, South Gloucestershire, Bath and North East Somerset and North Somerset, it has also established one of the largest wills, probate and mental capacity teams in the region, including specialist contentious and court of protection teams, a notary public and a growing name for medical negligence and accident and injury claims.

        Tom Scoffham photo Tom ScoffhamTom  Scoffham, Partner, specialises in advising clients on Will drafting, probate and…