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Paula Myers

Partner
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Biography

I head up the Contentious Probate team nationally and handle disputes involving trustees, beneficiaries and executors. 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. 

Testimonials

"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

According to impressed sources she "has a limitless ability to carry big cases". - Chambers & Partners 2016

"She is a formidable solicitor. She is very good at explaining difficult concepts to lay clients" - Chambers & Partners 2015

"Tactically astute, Myers is singled out as 'one of the nationally known, big names in this area'... very sensible and good at dealing with difficult people’" - Legal 500, 2018/19

"She is absolutely top class – she tackles probate and estates claims with charm and incredible ability." - Legal 500 2014

Paula was also recommended on the national elite lawyers list and is described as ‘‘a serious player... who is confident and knowledgeable, and gets results". - Legal 500 2014

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.

Read My Comments On The Latest News

  • 30/07/2019
    Court Of Appeal Slams Former Ruling In Out Of Time Will Dispute

    “This latest judgment from the Court of Appeal will come as a relief to many litigators. While standstill agreements are controversial, equally they encourage negotiations and amicable settlements rather than forcing the parties to litigate quickly. “The Court of Appeal’s take on out of time will disputes being considered on a case-by-case basis will also be a welcome ruling. Standstill agreements are regularly used by litigators and often will disputes are multifaceted; a blanket regulation cannot truly be enforced when there are quirks and complexities in each case. “Nonetheless, the wind could change in the future on standstill agreements so we would argue further clarity is still needed with this area of law.”

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  • 08/07/2019
    North West Is Best For Seeking Later Life Legal Advice

    “While adverse publicity might be a powerful persuader in getting people to recognise the importance of professional advice, 35% and 25% for legal and financial respectively still leaves a significant number of people content to seek help elsewhere and 12% not intending to look for any advice at all. “On the whole there is a national crisis when it comes to later life planning and we’re concerned the country is sleepwalking into a situation that will be very difficult to remedy without significant changes in attitudes, both from the public and the government.”

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  • 11/06/2019
    Irwin Mitchell Newcastle Office Wins Top Law Award

    “Four team awards in five years is a spectacular run of success at the Northern Law Awards for the Newcastle office team. We are absolutely thrilled to win given the strength of the shortlist this year and proud to be recognised among the best of the best. The award is richly deserved for all the team’s hard work and in going that extra mile for our clients. This run of awards shows standards at Irwin Mitchell have remained consistently high and demonstrates the team in Newcastle remains committed to successful outcomes for our clients. People in the North East can be confident that when they need our help, they have access to some of the finest talent the legal profession has to offer on their doorstep.”

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  • 03/06/2019
    Irwin Mitchell Donates £27,159 to Tynedale Hospice At Home

    “The Charity of the Year initiative is a key part of our efforts to support the local communities where we are based and we were delighted to support Tynedale Hospice at Home. Most of us will need such support in one form or another in the future and all of us are really proud to have raised such a big amount of money for such a very worthwhile local cause.”

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