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David Catchpole

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Mills & Reeve LLP

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Contentious Trust & Probate


David is a specialist in contentious trust and probate disputes. He deals exclusively with such matters and has developed a real expertise in this niche area.  His work includes helping both individuals and larger organisations like charities or higher educational establishments deal with a whole range of contentious issues relating to trusts and disputed wills.  This diverse work covers all sorts of matters, ranging from testamentary capacity and undue influence claims and applications under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, to advising on proprietary estoppel and breach of trust actions.   


Trainee solicitor Mills & Reeve 1997 – 1999, solicitor 1999 – 2005, associate 2005 -2106, partner 2016


Association of Contentious Trust & Probate Specialists (ACTAPS)


University of Manchester (1988 BA Hons)

East Anglia: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate

Within: Leading individuals

David Catchpole - Mills & Reeve LLP

Within: Contentious trusts and probate

Mills & Reeve LLP has the largest contentious trusts and probate team in East Anglia, in which all of the lawyers are ACTAPS members. The practice led by David Catchpole deals with disputes concerning the validity of wills, actions involving trustees and executors, Inheritance Act claims and related matters concerning lifetime transactions, as well as handling contested legacy matters for charities. The firm handles high-value matters involving estates with up to £50m in assets. Associate Lucy Mitchell is also recommended.

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London: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate

Within: Contentious trusts and probate

Through its national offering Mills & Reeve LLP  deals with disputes concerning the validity of wills, actions involving trustees and executors as well as claims under the Inheritance ( Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 in addition to related claims concerning lifetime transactions. It also advises a number of charities on contested legacy matters. Simon Pedley and David Catchpole are the names to note.

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