Hannah is a Senior Associate in the Dispute Resolution Team, specialising in contentious probate and trust disputes.
Hannah represents national charities, executors and trustees in connection with all manner of inheritance related disputes and associated reputation management and has as particular experience in dealing with the following:
- Claims for reasonable financial provision under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975;
- Disputes relating to the validity of wills and whether a family member is entitled to a share of the estate despite being excluded from the will;
- Challenges to the validity of wills on the grounds of testamentary capacity, lack of knowledge and approval, undue influence, fraud and failure to execute;
- Professional negligence claims arising from the administration of estates and for negligent drafting of wills;
- Concerns about the provision made in wills;
- Proprietary estoppel (lifetime promises not followed in wills);
- Trustee and membership disputes;
- Acting for trustees and beneficiaries on business and professional issues in relation to their duties and obligations;
- Applications to court for removal and substitution of personal representatives of the estate.
Hannah also has experience in dealing with commercial disputes and acts for private individuals, educational institutions, charities and companies in connection with a wide variety of business related matters including breach of contract (including termination); director and shareholder disputes; misrepresentation; defamation; debt recovery; bankruptcy and insolvency; property and security finance; professional negligence; injunctions and enforcement of judgments (including foreign judgments).
Hannah has obtained the Civil Higher Rights of Audience qualification and is qualified to represent clients at High Court and County Court hearings.
Hannah also has extensive experience in negotiation and settlement techniques including alternative dispute resolution, in particular mediation.
Hannah is currently undertaking the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists course.
- Acting for various private clients, advising surviving spouses, cohabitees, children and dependants in claims for reasonable financial provision from a deceased’s estate under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975;
- Acting for a private client defending a claim contesting the validity of will on the basis of undue influence and lack of mental capacity;
- Acting for a national charity advising on a professional negligence claim against a professional executor in relation to the administration of an estate;
- Acting for a national charity advising on defamation allegations made by a member;
- Acting for various schools in relation to contractual disputes with suppliers, in particular termination of contracts and disputes with parents over unpaid fees;
- Acting for a large multi-academy trust in relation to a dispute with a national utility provider over outstanding invoices for the provision of energy.