Alistair is a member of the firm’s Dispute Resolution Team in Brighton & Hove. He specialises in high value cross-border litigation with a particular focus on and strong knowledge of claims involving wills, trusts and estates where the tracing and recovery of trust assets out of the jurisdiction often plays a pivotal role. Alistair advises on all aspects of claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family & Dependants) Act 1975.
Alistair works alongside other members of the firm to maintain strong links with colleagues in Europe as part of the firm’s membership to Eurojuris, a leading network of independent law firms with members based in 650 different cities/locations in about 50 countries worldwide.
He is also an Associate Member of the Association of Contentious Trusts and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS), an organisation specifically set up for lawyers specialising in contentious trust and probate work. ACTAPS provides a forum for specialist lawyers to share experience and knowledge, and where possible to enable representations to be made to the appropriate governmental and judicial bodies in relation to contentious trust and probate issues.
Alistair has been an accredited mediator with CEDR, the largest conflict management and resolution consultancy in the world, since 1999 and is well placed to advise clients on all aspects of alternative dispute resolution and avoidance, without having to engage in potentially damaging and costly Court proceedings. However, when appropriate, Alistair will not hesitate to recommend such action and has extensive experience of all courts from County Court to Court of Appeal.
Areas of expertise
- Disputes relating to the validity and/or meaning of a will or a codicil
- Claims for financial provision from an estate under the Inheritance (Provision for Family & Dependants) Act 1975
- Disputes between beneficiaries and trustees/personal representatives (executors), including applications to remove trustees/personal representatives (executors)
- Breach of trust claims
- Disputes between trustees/personal representatives/executors
- Disputes between the beneficiaries of a trust or a will
- Claims in negligence against professionals such as will draftsmen or those administering an estate
What Alistair’s clients say
“Many thanks for your time and the great service you have provided to get this issue resolved.”
“Sound & quick advice on an issue that was quite fluid. Understood a complex situation quickly.”
Client Quote 2018
Alistair has advised partners upon the distribution of a substantial portfolio following a breakdown in the relationship between the partners of a property management company; advised a commercial tenant in dispute with their landlord involving numerous breach of lease terms, has advised the directors under a Joint Venture Agreement protecting the interests of overseas shareholders and has advised victims of “phishing” frauds.
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