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I am a Partner in the Wills, Trust & Estate Disputes team.
I specialise in a wide range of disputes arising out of:
A large part of my practice also includes bringing and defending professional negligence claims against advisors, including those arising from poorly drafted Wills and trusts, and failures to give proper tax or investment advice.
I always focus on a client’s objectives before designing a strategy to best achieve them at the minimum cost. I will always consider alternatives to court proceedings, and as an accredited mediator, understand the best way to utilise mediation.
"one of the best litigators in the Black Country" - Legal 500 2013
"first rate" - Legal 500 2012
I have always been a strong character with firm views, willing to stand up for what I believe in. As a lawyer, I can use these attributes for the benefit of others.
The varied nature of the work and the satisfaction that comes from achieving a great result for clients, particularly for those that are vulnerable and most in need of support.
Being surrounded by the very best quality lawyers who are all experts in their fields. Although we are a very large national firm, there is a real sense of integration amongst the offices and an absolute commitment by everyone to achieve the firm's primary goal of delivering the best service to all clients.
I am a keen sportsman and particularly enjoy rugby, football and cricket, although increasingly as a spectator. I also go horse racing as often as I can and am a member of Cheltenham racecourse. I have young daughters and find myself watching regular dance performances and musicals.
“We see many cases like this where Wills are contested by family members. What may have been a tight family unit beforehand can become divided, sometimes irreparably, as a result of the dispute. In trying to cut a spouse out of a Will, or leaving them little, may leave them with little alternative but to bring a claim against other family members.
“Contesting a Will is not only emotionally draining with the risks of family tension, but it is also a costly and very time consuming process. I would advise that anyone considering omitting a spouse, or close family member from their Will, should consider whether that could ultimately lead to a dispute and court proceedings.”
“This case is another high-profile example of the difficulties that can emerge if clear instructions regarding how an estate should be handled are not in place.
“However, it is important to remember that while cases involving vast sums of money often hit the headlines, these issues can affect people from across society. We act in many cases where people from all walks of life are faced with similar issues in trying to access what they are entitled to.
“Anyone with concerns regarding such issues – whether it is financial support or property that was promised to them – should seek legal advice at the earliest opportunity to consider their options.
“In addition, we would urge that this type of case serves as an important reminder that people should put a comprehensive will in place which outlines exactly how their assets should be treated when they pass away. Failing to do so can leave family and friends facing incredibly difficult legal battles.”
“While these statistics deal with the rich and famous, they do highlight that people who pass away do leave behind a significant legacy and estate which has to be managed when they pass away.
“The only way to try and ensure your estate is handled how you would wish is to have a comprehensive and properly written will in place outlining your key wishes and how matters should be handled when you die.
“Failing to do this can cause major issues in the long run and lead friends and family into complex, time-consuming and emotionally draining legal disputes.
“One of the other interesting aspects of these figures is that it shows in some cases how some people’s legacy can increase in financial value as time goes by. It should be noted however that relatives or dependents who feel they have not been reasonably provided for only have six months to make a claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975. The six months begins to run on the date a grant of representation is issued, as opposed to on death.
“There is no statutory time limit on claims that a will is invalid or many of the other types of common will dispute claims.”
Gavin is an experienced litigation lawyer and his appointment enables us to grow our specialist will disputes service in the Midlands region. Our team has been ranked number one in the recent independent Legal 500 guide and we are delighted that Gavin is joining us so that we can help more people to resolve their disputes.”