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Russell-Cooke LLP

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Gareth Ledsham

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Russell-Cooke LLP

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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)

London: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate

Within: Contentious trusts and probate

Russell-Cooke LLP  is ‘one of the major players in this area with the names and expertise to compete with the really big central London firms but with a slightly different, more client-focused approach’. The ‘knowledgeableAlison Regan  ‘robustly fights her clients’ corner- she is always one step ahead while always taking a pragmatic and commercial approach with clients’. Regan advises on the full array of matters and many of the issues she advises on have an international element involving domicile issues or assets based abroad. Gareth Ledsham  is ‘very proactive and attentive and is easy to talk to. He has the perfect combination of sound instincts and deep legal knowledge’. Senior associate Hannah Mantle is ‘unflappable and develops a great rapport with clients’. The ‘really reliable team’ is adept at acting for professional administrators in contentious matters and also advises on contentious applications to the court of protection involving issues such as statutory wills.

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Court of protection

Within: Court of protection

Russell-Cooke LLP advises on the full range of contentious and non-contentious property and affairs matters. The ‘very proactive and attentiveGareth Ledsham  leads on the contentious side and ‘takes time to explain complex points. He gives measured advice’. Rita Bhargava  is adept at advising on all capacity issues. The skilled team is experienced at handling complex cross border/ private international law issues. It also acts (through Russell-Cooke Trust Company) as an independent attorney, deputy for financial affairs as well as trustee on various matters. It is recommended for its ability to combine tax and succession advice with general advice on property and other matters for those who lack capacity.

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