Head of Tax, Trusts & Estates and Will, Trust & Estate Disputes
I deal with all types of challenges to Wills, which can involve issues relating to mental capacity, undue influence and Will irregularities. I also handle claims for financial provision for spouses, cohabitees, children and maintained parties. I have particular experience handling farming dispute claims involving the doctrine of proprietary estoppel. I also sit on the Private Wealth Executive Board
I'm very passionate about helping people through a dispute. This can be a very trying and emotional time for people who have often lost someone close to them and are then immediately faced with a dispute with a family member or someone close to them. I'm a trained mediator and so keen to find the right resolution for clients engaged in disputes but will adopt a strong line when it is necessary and use the court process to achieve the right result. My aim is to take away stress from clients and to shoulder that burden for them as we find a resolution and solution to their problem.
Awards & The Team
I've been named numerous times in leading legal guides and was recommended on the City Wealth Leaders List 2017. I've also been shortlisted for prestigious awards such as Partner of the Year in the Yorkshire Lawyers Awards and Woman of the Year at the Magic Circle Awards. My team was named Private Client Team of the Year for 2018/19 in the Legal Business Awards.
"Paula Myers is 'a strategic and brilliant' litigator and a 'patient and focused' negotiator." – Legal 500, 2020
"I was extremely happy with the ultimate settlement that was achieved by the efforts of Paula and her team. Paula's expertise and approach is well worth paying for and I would not hesitate to recommend her services." – Graeme Hall, Client
Paula Myers heads Irwin Mitchell's contentious trust team and is described as "a very effective litigator and will always be very thorough and meticulous in her handling of cases." She often deals with will challenges, undue influence and financial provision claims on behalf of beneficiaries. A wealth expert explains: "She is a unique blend of ferocious litigation prowess and compassionate client care. In this field, that mix is important." – Chambers & Partners, 2018
"Brilliant" and a "good tactical lawyer" – Chambers & Partners 2017
"Remarkable levels of client loyalty and satisfaction; she is not just tactically astute, with an almost unerring instinct for the opposition’s weakness, but is a rock of confidence to her clients." – Legal 500, 2017
What Inspired You To Get Into Law?
I like the intellectual challenge of a complicated legal problem and helping clients to achieve a result.
What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?
Client satisfaction and developing our junior lawyers.
What Do You Like About Working At Irwin Mitchell?
Our national platform, our fantastic people and the achievements and results that we deliver for our clients.
What Do You Do Away From The Office?
I like to spend time with friends and family and relax.