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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Jessica Stafford

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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Contentious Trusts & Estates, Private Wealth


Jessica specialises in trust, probate and succession disputes, both domestic and those spanning multiple jurisdictions. Jessica has particular expertise in trust disputes involving Jersey, having worked there for two years prior to joining Charles Russell Speechlys in November 2015. Jessica’s trust dispute experience includes claims involving hostile beneficiaries, applications to the Court for directions, and trustee removal applications. In relation to contested probate matters, Jessica’s experience includes claims for provision under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, will validity disputes, issues with estate administration, and applications for rectification and construction. She acts for a wide range of clients including beneficiaries, heirs, executors, trustees and other fiduciaries. Jessica also has experience in professional negligence disputes, with a particular focus on cases involving negligent Deputies.


Jessica is admitted to practise in England and Wales.

London: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate

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Jessica Stafford - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Within: Contentious trusts and probate

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP has been involved in some of the largest and most high-profile cases domestically and offshore including a heavily contested hearing overseas and a privately heard matter for a very well-known person in the English Court of Protection. It has also been involved in the recently published decision of Cowan v Foreman. There is a particular focus on attracting complex high-value cross-border disputes work often involving multiple jurisdictions. Graeme Kleiner heads the team and advises trustees, executors and beneficiaries on a broad range of disputes. In addition Kleiner has a growing practice in IFA disputes and also handles fraud and professional negligence cases relating to trust, tax and succession matters. Other key team members include Duncan Elson, Tamasin Perkins, Aimee West, Oliver Auld and Jessica Stafford.

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