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Wards Solicitors LLP

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 3

Wards Solicitors LLP provides advice on contentious trusts and probate to individuals and local businesses from 11 offices across Bristol, Gloucestershire and Somerset. Practice head Elizabeth Fry, who is based in the Bristol office, often handles cases involving high-value estates, trusts and land law issues, including many with a cross-border element.

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They have genuinely experienced and specialised members in this area, particularly in probate challenges and 1975 Act claims.

Emma Kerry in the Clevedon office is very good with clients, very experienced in this area and works very well with counsel too. Ian Williamson in Bristol is bright and tactically minded, very thorough and well prepared, and likewise friendly and humane. Elizabeth Fry is the main partner in this area; she is very good at generating work, and is experienced and approachable.

Wards provide a first-rate wills and trust dispute service.

We have mainly worked with Lucia Mills at Wards. We have found her very pleasant, professional and approachable. She keeps us up to date in a timely manner and has ensured she advises us of any weak points in our case. In my opinion, an honest and open approach is always the best way to do business and Lucia does this well. Lucia also explains things in a simple, straightforward manner that makes understanding that much easier.

Wards are building real strength in this area, especially for cohabitation work.’

Lucia Mills is one of very few real cohabitation specialists with a true understanding of this area of work that is unmatched locally. She is also extremely good at dealing with intervention by third parties in financial remedy divorce cases as well as more traditional areas of trusts and probate work. She has a brilliant manner with clients and always gives pragmatic and cost-effective advice.

This is a busy and well-known local practice, with good geographical coverage in the area. The firm appears to have a good range of business in the contentious trusts and probate field. It is receptive to deal with. Wards’ contentious trusts and probate practice is also able closely to support individuals at Wards who are operating as trustees and personal representatives.

Emma Kerry is a careful, competent and sensible pair of hands. She plainly has  a good understanding of her field, a pragmatic outlook, and a willingness to seek specialist advice when she considers it appropriate.

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 4

Wards Solicitors LLP provides individuals, families and businesses in the Bristol area and environs with a wide range of private client services. Jenny Pierce heads up the wills, probate and mental capacity team. Two other areas of expertise are Court of Protection work and trust administration.

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The individuals within the team are reliable, professional, approachable and genuinely care about their clients.

Tom Scoffham was friendly, experienced, knowledgeable and very comforting. Every time I have asked questions or sought advice Tom was always available to give a reply.

I have particularly valued Mary Harty’s experience, clear communication, approachability, professional approach and clear advice. I would be happy to recommend her and Wards to other potential clients needing a similar service.

I had dealings with both teams over the past few months and I can say that the biggest single thing was that they listened to me and gave advice based on my needs. This was done in a very compassionate way.

Rebecca Parkman impressed with her rapid appreciation of family complications and extremely tactful handling of a potentially difficult situation.

They demonstrate an excellent grasp of complex issues and the ability to communicate in a professional but personable manner. They are prepared to spend time explaining more involved areas of law and the implications of these. Rebecca Purchase was particularly impressive.

They are knowledgeable and experts in their own field, personable and client friendly. I deal mainly with Tom Scoffham in the Henleaze office who is all of the above.

The team retains that local family feel. It is nice to know that they are part of the community and, as such, that they can be trusted to have the local people’s best interests in mind.

Clinical negligence and personal injury: claimant

Alison Underhill leads on personal injury work at Wards Solicitors LLP, specialising in road traffic accident claims for motorists, passengers, cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians. Workplace injuries are another area of expertise for the group, as are fatal accident claims, occupiers and public liability claims and sexual abuse claims. Helen Boyd is also recommended and is noted as 'a vastly experienced and first-rate lawyer'.

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An experienced and well regarded group of impressive individuals. They seem determined to provide that extra level of service that is rare in the cut-throat world of PI litigation.’

Helen Boyd is a vastly experienced and first-rate lawyer. She is able to handle the most complex of cases whilst maintaining an excellent relationship with clients from all walks of life.’

Alison Underhill is a meticulous and hugely intelligent litigator. I have been repeatedly impressed with her insight as a lawyer and dedication to her clients. She is someone who I know will have done the work to the highest standard.’

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.

Photo Name Position Profile
 Elizabeth Fry  photo Elizabeth Fry Elizabeth Fry is Partner and Head of the Disputes Team at Wards…
 Mary Harty  photo Mary Harty Mary Harty, Partner, specialises in Wills & Probate, in particular the creation…
 Alison Lamont  photo Alison Lamont Alison Lamont, Partner, has specialised in Court of Protection, financial Deputyship and…
 Joseph Nicholls  photo Joseph Nicholls Joseph Nicholls is a Partner and Head of Employment. He practises exclusively…
 Jenny Pierce  photo Jenny Pierce Jenny Pierce, Partner, is Head of the Wills, Probate and Mental Capacity…
 Ian Williamson  photo Ian Williamson Ian Williamson is a partner in the firm’s disputes team, based in…