Bernadette Baker > Birketts LLP > Norwich, England > Lawyer Profile

Birketts LLP

Work Department

Commercial Litigation, Contentious Trusts and Probate




Bernadette leads Birketts’ Contentious Trust and Probate Team.

Bernadette is a longstanding member of ACTAPS – the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists. She has a wealth of experience in advising private individuals and trustees on cross-border inheritance disputes, Will disputes, Inheritance Act claims, Court of Protection applications, estate administration issues, breach of trust and proprietary estoppel claims.

Bernadette is a recognised leader in her field with a proven track record of resolving complex trust and probate disputes.


She is a member of ACTAPS – the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists

Lawyer Rankings

East Anglia > Insurance > Professional negligence

Birketts LLP is known for ‘clear advice, regular updates, and a strong team with a number of interesting matters‘. Commercial litigators Laurence Weeks in Cambridge, Andrew Kinnison in Norwich and Daden Hunt in Chelmsford are the principal contacts. In Norwich, Bernadette Baker handles negligence claims arising from wills and the administration of estates and trusts and senior associate Adam Blenkinsop is a ‘tenacious litigator‘ who handles predominantly claimant work. Matthew Atkins handles claims involving solicitors, accountants and surveyors.

East Anglia > Private client > Contentious trusts and probate

(Leading individuals)

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The dedicated contentious trusts and probate practice at Birketts LLP ‘has an outstanding working knowledge of the law concerning contentious probate, and explores every option‘. Practice head Bernadette Baker in Norwich is ‘polite, caring, honest and does exactly as she promises’. Legal director Kate Harris in Cambridge has extensive experience advising individuals, executors, trustees and charities in relation to a wide-range of contentious matters. Senior associate Lauren Coote, who joined in Cambridge from Greenwoods Legal in May 2023, is recommended for ‘her care and dedication to ensuring clients get the best possible advice‘.

South East > Private client > Contentious trusts and probate

Recently merging with Batchelors Solicitors, Birketts LLP is co-led by Daden Hunt in Chelmsford alongside the ‘exceptional litigator’  Bernadette Baker. Jenny Howe is also based in Chelmsford and works in conjunction with the firm’s private client and court of protection teams to assist clients with succession planning. Rachel Leech and Marie McMahon are both members of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists. All of the individuals that have been mentioned are located in Norwich, unless stated otherwise.