Andrew Wilkinson > Shakespeare Martineau LLP > Leicester, England > Lawyer Profile

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Work Department

Contentious Probate




Andrew acts for individuals and charities in resolving disputes regarding wills, trusts, estates and powers of attorney.

As head of our contentious probate team, Andrew handles a wide variety of disputes for local, national and international clients. He has particular expertise in dealing with disputes regarding high value and complex estates, often including cross-border elements.

He is an experienced litigator, both in the High Court and the Court of Protection, but is also is very experienced in methods of alternative dispute resolution, particularly mediation.

Andrew frequently acts as an independent trustee, executor or administrator, often in high value and complex estates involving disputed aspects.

“We see client often at very difficult times at their lives, who are dealing with very emotive situations. Our job is to guide clients through what can be an overwhelming, difficult and stressful process. For our charity clients, managing these disputes is much a question of protecting the charity’s reputation as it is resolving the dispute itself. We know and recognise that we are ambassadors for those clients, and we recognise that in everything we do.”




Andrew is a full member of ACTAPS (the Association for Contentious Trusts and Probate Specialists).

Lawyer Rankings

West Midlands > Private client > Charities and not-for-profit

Andrew Wilkinson  heads the department at Shakespeare Martineau LLP which has considerable experience in the social housing and education sectors. Core areas of focus include advising on complex corporate transactions, various governance, regulatory and constitutional matters as well issues regarding legacies. Lesley Davis  is well-regarded for her work in setting up and managing charitable trusts, foundations and CIOs while Smita Jamdar  regularly assists leading universities on a wide array of governance, student facing and constitutional matters. Michael Hibbs  advises on various HR and employment law matters. Rachel Gwynne  is also recommended whereas Catherine Rustomji recently joined the team from Browne Jacobson LLP.

West Midlands > Private client > Contentious trusts and probate

The key contact for the West Midlands team at Shakespeare Martineau LLP is Alistair Spencer , an associate and ACTAPS member. Andrew Wilkinson is the national head of the team that frequently advises on a whole host of complex issues from will disputes about testamentary capacity to rectification claims and trust disputes. The practice is skilled at handling professional negligence claims in relation to wills drafting and has a particular focus on large scale agricultural inheritance disputes, as well as proprietary estoppel claims.

East Midlands > Private client > Charities and not-for-profit

Shakespeare Martineau LLP is known for its expertise in acting for administering grant-making and government funded charities. The practice is also expanding its portfolio of education, animal and social housing organisations. Andrew Wilkinson specialises in complex legacy disputes, while fellow key partner, Gary Ekpenyoung is the go-to for social housing clients. In April 2022, the firm recruited former Browne Jacobson LLP partner Catherine Rustomji to lead the national charities practice.

East Midlands > Private client > Contentious trusts and probate

Shakespeare Martineau LLP has ‘great depth of knowledge and real specialisation’ in contentious trusts, and continues to be a sought after counsel for complex contested Court of Protection applications, executor and will disputes. Andrew Wilkinson is one of the leading partners in the region’ and undertakes complex legacy and trusts disputes involving cross border elements, worth up to £200m. Debra Burton is another integral member of the team; she specialises in inheritance disputes. Both partners act for a significant number of local charitable organisations.