Gareth Ledsham > Russell-Cooke LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Russell-Cooke LLP
SW15 6AB

Work Department

Trust and estate disputes.


Partner specialising in all types of trust and estate/succession-related litigation, including will validity challenges, family provision claims, trustee disputes and claims for rectification and constructions of wills. Also professional negligence arising from these areas.  

Has a particular interest in estates with a cross-border element.

Reported cases include Scarfe v Matthews [2012} EWHC 3071 (Ch) and Brennan v Prior [2013] EWHC 2867 (Ch).

Also acts in matters involving contested Court of Protection proceedings including disputed lifetime gifts, statutory wills, attorney/deputy disputes and financial abuse.


Trained Pritchard Englefield – qualified 2006;

Pritchard Englefield 2006-2008

Russell-Cooke 2008 to date (partner 2015)

Publications of note: published in Solicitors Journal and Elder Law Journal, contributed to International Protection of Adults, OUP, 2015

President – South London Law Society




Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS)


South London Law Society

City of London Solicitors’ Company


University of East Anglia – LLB Law with French Law and Language (2001)

Université Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne) – LLM French Law and European Law (2002)

College of Law, London – PG Dip Legal Practice (2004)

Lawyer Rankings

London > Private client > Contentious trusts and probate

Within: Next Generation Partners -

Gareth Ledsham

Russell-Cooke LLP

Alison Regan is a highly recommended head of department at Russell-Cooke LLP. The department deals with a broad range of succession disputes across borders and is particularly adept at advising on conflict of law issues and on the interplay between common law and civil law jurisdictions. In addition it is skilled at advising on will challenges on the basis of testamentary capacity and on applications for rectification of wills. Gareth Ledsham has developed a niche practice in applications to the court to deal with property that is owned by minors in civil law jurisdictions.

London > Private client > Court of protection

Russell-Cooke LLP has a well-regarded full-service Court of Protection property and affairs practice that advises on both contentious and non-contentious matters. It acts as an independent attorney, deputy for financial matters and trustee in relation to those lacking capacity through progressive illnesses such as dementia or for those who have suffered brain injury. It also helps those who are vulnerable to abuse. The skilled team is particularly known for its expertise at handling cross-border/private international law matters. Rita Bhargava and Gareth Ledsham are the names to note.