Emily Edwards

Legal Executive


I assist clients with will validity disputes and claims under the inheritance Act. For example, a client may allege that someone’s Will has been made under the undue influence of another person, or that they were lacking the necessary mental capacity to consent to the terms of a will, say for example because they were suffering with Alzheimer’s. Those within a specified class of people can bring an inheritance Act claim where they have not been left reasonable financial provision from a deceased person’s estate. For example, a  husband may have died leaving nothing to his surviving wife, who depended on him for her home and maintenance.

What inspired you to get into law?

When I was 13 I decided I wanted to work in law because I enjoyed debating and seeing an argument from different perspectives. I am interested in people and wanted to work in an area which enabled me to advise and assist people to help resolve their problems, particularly when they were facing a difficult situation and were vulnerable.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your role?

I enjoy negotiating and using creative arguments to achieve a positive outcome for a client. Litigation is inevitably acrimonious when it is between family members and sadly Inheritance Act claims can divide families. It is rewarding when, following a settlement achieved at Mediation, family members begin to amicably liaise with each other to put into effect the agreement reached and begin to move forwards with their lives.

What do you do away from the office?

In my spare time I enjoy going on country walks and cycle rides and visiting favourite places for the day. I also enjoy reading and different types of dancing, including modern jive and ballet.

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