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Payne Hicks Beach LLP

Private Wealth Disputes

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Commentators note that Payne Hicks Beach is a growing team with a rising reputation in the London market. An interviewee describes the firm's dispute resolution team as "one of the truly up-and-coming departments in this field." Another says that "they're really establishing themselves as a team with the private client background."

"It's a very, very strong outfit," observes a barrister, who adds: "I would rest easy knowing my problem was in their hands."

Notable practitioners

Jessica Henson is building a superb reputation among market commentators for her work on trust and estate disputes. "I've come across her a lot recently," says a barrister; "she is not a rising star anymore - she has risen and she will go from strength to strength." A fellow solicitor describes Henson as "properly brilliant," and another commentator says that she is "extremely smart, switched-on and just an incredibly nice person with whom to work in a team."

Richard Manyon is "confident, clever, numerate, practical, and doesn't waste time on silly theoretical points," observes a commentator. He is regularly involved in major trusts disputes, including those with cross-border or offshore elements. "I think Richard is brilliant," says an interviewee, adding: "He is hugely tenacious, as well as having a deft touch at managing both clients and opponents."

Rosamond McDowell is head of private client at the firm and handles contentious and non-contentious matters. "She is extremely responsive and an immensely savvy litigator," says an interviewee.

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Overview

Trust law and probate disputes are becoming increasingly international with greater scope for disagreement.

As one of the leading firms in the country in this area Payne Hicks Beach is able to unlock difficult inheritance and Trust disputes. Sometimes the disagreement is between trustees and beneficiaries, but often complex issues are involved such as rights governed by multi-national jurisdictions asserted over the same property.
Our work includes:

  • Handling UK trust and estate disputes and the co-ordination of multi-jurisdictional disputes relating to ownership of assets
  • Resolving conflicts between beneficiaries and trustees or executors and between trustees and protectors
  • Advising executors when faced with claims by disappointed beneficiaries
  • Dealing with defective or unclear wills or trust documents
  • Advising trustees on their duties and obligations to individuals and authorities
  • Advising beneficiaries on the enforcement of their rights
  • Obtaining court directions for trustees in both hostile and non-contentious circumstances.


In disputes of this nature, resolving the conflict with the minimum of time and expense is essential as is having an expertise in this complicated area of the law. We always explore ways to resolve problems and examine all alternatives before resorting to litigation.


Members

Manyon, Richard (Head of Department)

Bacon, James

Bjørn, Frederick

Brodrick, Robert

Dixon, Basil

Ellis, Melissa

Ferguson, Clarissa

Goldstein, Scott

Harris, Emma

Henshall, Charlotte

Henson, Jessica

Hetherington, Clare

Hewlett, Emily

Kronbergs, Klara

McDowell, Rosamond

Moseley, Rebecca

Ovenden, Charles

Parkinson, Michael

Ryan, Dean

Spring, Matthew

Stoneham, Emily

Vernon, Ane

Willan, Andrew

Private Wealth Disputes

Payne Hicks Beach LLP

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10 New Square

Lincoln's Inn

London

Greater London

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Private Wealth Disputes


Jessica Henson
Band 3
Richard Manyon
Band 3
Rosamond McDowell
Band 4