I am a Senior Associate solicitor leading the Manchester Wills Trusts and Estate Disputes team. I have been qualified as a solicitor since September 2007, and joined Irwin Mitchell in July 2018. I am a full member of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS).
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 including claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, Court of Protection disputes, financial abuse claims, will disputes, and claims in respect of beneficial interests in property.
I also specialise in professional negligence claims in connection with Wills, trusts and estates, such as claims against solicitors for the negligent drafting of Wills.
I am a keen advocate for using Alternative Dispute Resolution, such as mediation, to help clients resolve their claims, when tactically appropriate to do so.
"Heather’s friendly approach and knowledge make her stand out from the crowd. She is a safe pair of hands for clients facing a torrid time." - Chambers & Partners High Net Worth 2022 (Associate to Watch)
“Heather Roberts is simply brilliant. [She’s ]very approachable, friendly and knowledgeable in her area. [She] was the person I passed the client on to and the feedback I got was immediately great. She had listened and reassured, and understood exactly what the circumstances were. The result she got was way in excess of what the client expected at the start. She literally changed someone’s life with the result she got, but was also there to help the client and hold her hand all the way through.” - Legal 500 2022
"Absolutely amazing. My solicitor (Heather Roberts) has been excellent all the way. I've had processes and laws explained to me in a friendly and comprehensive manner, incredibly fast responses via email and telephone and all my queries answered excellently. I would recommend this firm and solicitor wholeheartedly." - Arun, client
"Huge thanks to Heather Roberts and her paralegal assistant Lucy-Allena McIlroy - they were always instantaneously responsive to my queries and patiently explained legal terms in a clear way - they were also very understanding and supportive as dealing with probate cases is particularly sensitive - I would definitely recommend them to anyone needing probate advice." - 5* Trustpilot review
"Irwin Mitchell acted for my son and me in a case of contentious probate, where another firm of solicitors had refused to renounce their position as executors of my late mother's Will and engaged in persistently unpleasant and combative behaviour over a period of two years. The case escalated to a lengthy court battle which was resolved in our favour.
"Our solicitor was friendly and approachable from the start, immediately grasped the details of the messy and complex case, and was clearly both extremely knowledgeable and sensible. In addition to writing numerous long and detailed letters to the other firm, she also supported us both throughout the process and responded quickly and helpfully to all our many queries and worries." - 5* Trustpilot review
"We decided to use Irwin Mitchell in our will dispute case and Heather Roberts came highly recommended to us and therefore we instructed her to work with us on our case. Heather supported us throughout the dispute in a caring, sensitive, patient manner. She was firm and professional in correspondence and was honest with us throughout.
Her knowledge was phenomenal in all aspects of the law. I couldn't have asked for a better team of people to work through our dispute as they were brilliant and efficient from day one. Heather reassured us and was confident that she would reach a final settlement that was successful.
She certainly matched that and more for us in our dispute. I cannot be more thankful to Heather Roberts and her team for the day they took on our dispute. All further legal matters will now go through Irwin Mitchell as they have my complete trust and I know they get the job done in a successful, professional but friendly manner." – 5* Trustpilot Review
"Fantastic from start to finish. We didn’t know what to expect when we first contacted heather, but straight from the start she was professional, straight talking, caring and supportive of each situation that came up. I had a very good feeling about her from the moment we spoke.
She has been through so much with us over the past year and I truly believe without heathers hard work and determination we wouldn’t have got the result we did. She exceeded our expectations and the outcome couldn’t have been any better.
She answered every question we had and continued to support us through the full case. The team at Irwin Mitchell are fantastic and I would like to say a personal thank you for all the hard work you have put in on the case."- 5* Trustpilot Review