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About Louise

Louise is a partner and head of the the firm's Contentious Trusts and Probate Team.

Louise specialises in contentious probate matters and has a particular interest in disputes concerning the validity of wills and claims for financial provision. She has worked in this practice area for the last 10 years and is a member of the Association of Contentious Trusts and Probate Specialists.


  • Will validity disputes

  • Claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family & Dependants) Act 1975

  • Advice to executors or beneficiaries during the course of estate administration

  • Disputes involving powers of attorney

  • Court of Protection & statutory wills

In Practice

  • Advising attorney clients where the elderly donor of the LPA ‘gifted’ £500,000 to a neighbour

  • Several cases where the validity of the will was challenged due to lack of testamentary capacity and the excessive involvement of ‘supportive’ family members bordering on undue influence on their part

  • Successfully settling an opportunistic claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family & Dependants) Act 1975 by the deceased’s former partner

  • Assisted on Hart & Samways v Burbidge – concerning undue influence in the context of lifetime gifts

  • Advising beneficiaries where there has been financial abuse by attorneys acting under a Lasting Power of Attorney and subsequently in their role as executors

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