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Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

4 MORE LONDON RIVERSIDE, LONDON, SE1 2AU, ENGLAND
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Neil Long

Tel:
Work 0207 788 2414
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Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Work Department

Private wealth.

Position

Neil is an experienced private client lawyer, with a particular specialism in trust and estate disputes. Neil advises individuals, families, charities and trustees on the validity of wills and trusts; the conduct of executors and trustees; the rights of beneficiaries; and all related issues such as mental capacity, undue influence, construction and interpretation of wills and trusts; and claims for financial provision under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975. He has extensive experience of negotiation, mediation and litigation, having conducted cases in the Family and Chancery Divisions of the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Court of Protection. Neil also has a strong non-contentious practice advising clients on wills and inheritance tax. Neil regularly acts as executor, trustee and deputy (particularly as an independent professional in disputed cases).

Career

Qualified Legal Executive (TLT, Bristol) 2002; qualitied solicitor (GRM Law, London) 2006; joined Finers Stephens Innocent, London 2007; partner, Finers Stephens Innocent/Howard Kennedy 2013; partner, Bond Dickinson, London 2015; partner, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP on combination 2017.

Member

Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS); Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), President of The Association of Corporate Trustees (TACT) and Chair of TACT's Private Trusts Committee.


London: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate

Within: Leading individuals

Neil Long - Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Within: Contentious trusts and probate

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP has ‘offices nationwide and provides a top-rate service to clients big and small’.Neil Long is ‘an excellent and charming lawyer who quickly wins the trust of his clients’. Long advises individuals, families, charities and trustees about the validity of wills and trust documents, undue influence, financial provision and other issues such as mental capacity. Managing associateRichard Pike  is ‘pragmatic, efficient and very personable – he is a tough and determined litigator’.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate

Within: Personal tax, trusts and probate

Neil Long  and the ‘pragmaticAlexander Dickinson  are the principal contacts at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP . Long advises high-net-worth clients and trustees on estate planning and capital tax issues. His clients are mostly entrepreneurs with complex business and financial interests. Dickinson specialises in succession, asset protection and estate planning matters for landowners, entrepreneurs and high-net-worth individuals. He acts for a large number of landed estates across the country, in many cases he acts as a trustee and sits on the board of several family offices. Recent highlights include advising on the administration of a major landowner's estate, with a value in excess of £200m. In another significant matter the team advised on the reorganisation of a number of substantial trusts including the restructuring of their investment and trading structures.

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North: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate

Within: Contentious trusts and probate

Considered by many as the ‘clear market leader in the North East’, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP has ‘considerable expertise and experience in trusts and probate matters’ which makes the team of ‘effective litigators’ a ‘safe pair of hands’. It is regularly called on by individuals and trustees as well as landowners and landed estate clients. The ‘clever, hardworking and empatheticNeil Long heads the team from London and is also noted as being ‘imaginative, innovative and determined’. In Newcastle, ‘excellent litigator’ and managing associate Richard Pike is ‘very strategic in litigation’ and ‘fights hard for his clients’. Clients also benefit from his ‘very realistic assessments’ and regard him as being ‘unfailingly courteous while at the same time maintaining a firm stance for his client’; attributes which make him ‘extraordinarily adept at handling substantial cases without losing the personal touch’.

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