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Nazia Nawaz

Senior Associate Solicitor


I advise and represent clients involved in any type of dispute concerning wills, trusts and estates including:

  • Cases involving challenges to validity of wills
  • Claims for financial provision under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975 where insufficient provision has been made under a will or under the intestacy rules
  • Disputes between trustees, beneficiaries and executors/administrators of estates
  • Maladministration claims and applications for removal and replacement of Executors and trustees
  • Financial abuse cases including those involving misuse of Lasting Powers of Attorney
  • Property co-ownership disputes and claims under the Trusts of Land Appointment of Trustees Act 1996
  • Proprietary Estoppel claims
  • Professional Negligence claims relating to the drafting and execution of wills and creation of trusts

Previous Cases

  • Acted for a client whose long term partner died without leaving a will. My client did not inherit at all under the intestacy rules so we brought a claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975. The claim settled before trial on terms which gave my client a life interest in her partner's property and a substantial financial payment.
  • Acting for the executors and main beneficiaries of a will which was challenged on grounds of lack of testamentary capacity and undue influence. My clients successfully proved at trial that the will was valid. We also brought a successful claim for financial abuse and misuse of a Lasting Power of Attorney against the other beneficiaries, who were ordered to pay damages to the estate and my clients' costs.
  • Acted for a client who had only been left a one-third equal share of her father’s estate under his will after he had promised to leave her more. My client brought a promissory estoppel claim to enforce this promise and the claim settled at mediation on terms which saw my client receiving over 75% of the estate.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your role?

Achieving good results for clients in challenging circumstances.

What do you do away from the office?

I like to spend time with friends and family and generally try to relax when I am not at work.

Read My Comments On The Latest News

  • 14/08/2018
    Ubbi v Ubbi: ‘Vital To Update Wills After Every Major Life Event’, Lawyers Warn

    “It can be incredibly costly in the long run to let your will languish with outdated information. In this case, the deceased led a double life and stayed married to his former wife while living with his mistress at the time of his death. It’s vital to consider the consequences of staying married to someone when the relationship has broken down irretrievably, particularly if you then have a second family. “It’s unusual to have infant children as claimants in an Inheritance Act dispute, but it was necessary here to provide for their future – particularly as the relationship between the two separate families was unfriendly at best.”

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  • 16/04/2018
    Irwin Mitchell Private Wealth Launches Will, Trust and Estate Disputes Team In Manchester

    “I worked in in the North West before I joined Irwin Mitchell Private Wealth and so it’s great to be moving back to Manchester to start building a new Will, Trust and Estate Disputes team here. We are already the number one ranked team in the country and are looking to grow further in the coming years. “This is a specialist area of law as disputes arising from estates and wills are usually highly emotionally charged and can create friction between family and friends. It requires a sensitive touch but it is important for clients to know that we are prepared to take their cases to the highest courts if necessary. “While I will be based in Manchester I can draw support from some of the best private client lawyers and resources in the country at Irwin Mitchell Private Wealth.”

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  • 07/03/2018
    Getting Married: How Does It Affect Your Estate?

    “The case highlights the important but often unknown impact that marriage has on a will. Not many people appreciate that getting married will revoke an existing will. This was a point raised by the Law Commission in the consultation on wills and whether the law should be changed.”

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