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Shakespeare Martineau LLP

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Andrew Wilkinson

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Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Work Department

Contentious probate




Andrew specialises in contentious trusts and probate which includes disputes over wills, financial provision claims, disputes with executors, disputes regarding powers of attorney as well as related claims, including professional negligence claims relating to wills and estates. Andrew also deals with contested Court of Protection applications.

He is experienced assisting private individuals, trusts and charities in resolving disputes both through the court process and through alternative dispute resolution, especially mediation.




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

East Midlands: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the East Midlands

Within: Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the East Midlands

Shakespeare Martineau LLP fields a ‘very good’ team that provides ‘a fantastic service’. Professional negligence litigation and contentious trusts and probate work are key areas of activity for the practice, as is the education sector, where it acts for clients in contractual disputes, judicial review proceedings, discrimination and defamation claims as well as in regard to data protection claims. IT and intellectual property expert Martin Noble leads the team, which includes  ‘clever, calm and very well-organised’ legacy and trust specialist Andrew Wilkinson, ‘whose considerable experience allows him to tackle even the most complex disputes with ease’ and who stands out for his ‘excellent client-handling skills and maturity beyond his years’. Recent work includes acting for Willow Automotive and Van Extras in trade mark and passing off proceedings in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court in relation to a spray-on polymer coating, which involved brand splitting issues in addition to the permissible use of a sign for descriptive purposes. The practice also acts for Crick-Smith (a new client), Darlington Building Society, Cambridge Weight Plan and Bostik.

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East Midlands: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit

Within: Charities and not-for-profit

Shakespeare Martineau LLP advises grant-making and government-funded charities on registration, administration and governance issues. The group’s wide-ranging experience includes complex corporate transactions, including collaborative and partnering agreements and the use of commercial and charitable subsidiaries, on top of governance reviews, policies and procedures and regulatory matters such as compliance with the Regulatory Framework. Andrew Wilkinson, whose core specialism lies in contentious trusts and probate, heads the team, which includes wills, trusts and probate expert Mark Dunkley. The client list features World Horse Welfare and Battersea Dogs’ and Cats’ Home.

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Contentious trusts and probate

Within: Contentious trusts and probate

Shakespeare Martineau LLP's group provides ‘a fantastic service’ that covers will disputes and Inheritance Act claims, trusts disputes and court of protection work, as well as will construction and rectification claims and related professional negligence claims. Cross-border contentious probate work is another specialism. Under the leadership of Andrew Wilkinson, who ‘stewards his practice exceptionally well’, the team advises a varied client base that includes accountants, farmers, landed estates, professional trustees and charities such as World Horse Welfare and Battersea Dogs’ and Cats’ Home.

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