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I am the lead Partner for the Will, Trust and Estate Disputes team in London.
I specialise in private client disputes and litigation, specifically those concerning trust, estate and succession disputes. My clients include private individuals, trustees, executors, administrators, protectors and beneficiaries.
I deal with all manner of disputes both in the UK and internationally, including claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, will disputes, and claims in respect of beneficial interests in property.
I have been consistently recommended in The Legal 500 for this work.
A.H. Baldwin and Sons Ltd & Others v. His Excellency Sheik Saud Bin Mohammed Bin Al-Thani  EWHC 3156 (QB)
Acting for an auction house and obtaining a worldwide asset-freezing injunction against Sheikh Saud Al-Thani, a member of the royal family of Qatar and one of the world's most prolific collectors of art and antiquities.
Wilson v. Dodd  EWHC 3727 (Ch)
Obtaining judgment for an American investor who was induced to invest in an English business due to a fraudulent misrepresentation.
Singellos v Singellos  EWHC 2353 (Ch) (The Times, 22 December 2010)
A multi-jurisdictional contentious probate dispute which extended a 19th Century legal principle relating to the necessary mental capacity to execute a will (Parker v Felgate) to documents executed to effect lifetime transfers to offshore companies.
Walbrook Trustees (Jersey) Ltd & Ors v Fattal  EWHC 2808  EWHC 991  EWHC Civ 427
Strike out of a claim against professional trustees for abuse of process.
"Very talented" - Legal 500, 2017
Claire-Marie has "a calm manner that helps to diffuse the most difficult of situations" - Legal 500, 2016
"One to watch" – Legal 500, 2015
"Claire-Marie is a specialist in family trusts. She is 'a very safe pair of hands' and provides 'useful input on strategic decisions'." – Legal 500, 2014
I was drawn to law by a desire to help others.
Developing a strong personal bond with my clients and supporting them through the litigation process.
I enjoy yoga, gardening, sport and driving fast cars.
“It’s very concerning that there is such little understanding around cohabitation, which in the long run can spell disaster for couples when it comes to will disputes.
“Will disputes and inheritance disputes can take years to resolve and can involve several parties, depending on who has a claim to the estate. The increase in divorce means more complex family structures are common and this can lead to many people feeling extremely disappointed when it comes to the administration of their family members estates.”
“Without any sort of agreement in place or an updated will couples could spend their entire adult lives together and literally be left out in the cold once their partner dies because they have a limited claim to the estate. The intestacy rules do not include provision for a cohabiting partner and any claim for financial provision that can be brought is limited to a claim for maintenance only, whereas spouses have a much more beneficial test in such claims and can expect to receive a much more generous award in the same circumstances.
“Cohabitees can also struggle to persuade trustees in claims for life assurance pay outs and pension entitlements which can very often be paid out automatically to spouses. Some parties can struggle to access bank accounts or even have a say on how a funeral is arranged.”
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