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Alistair Rustemeyer


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 is a full member of ACTAPS, (Association of Contentious Trust & Probate Specialists) and one of only a few fully certified lawyers in the region who can provide specialist advice and support to clients who need guidance on trusts and wills disputes.

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.

Accredited mediator

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
  • Claims under ToLATA 1996 and cohabitation
  • 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

Alistair’s work

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.

What Alistair’s clients say

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‘Alistair Rustemeyer is a superb negotiator who handled our small companies negotiation with one of the most famous, major UK companies with great diligence, honesty and devotion to achieving a satisfactory conclusion for us. I highly recommend him.’

‘In my 60 year career I’ve dealt with many lawyers. Alister Rustemeyer, from our first phone call over two years ago, gave us the feeling of being part of the family, handling our very difficult multi-national case as though it was his own problem. He had to deal with us, a American client based in Asia, negotiating both with big name London solicitors, French speaking attorneys in Luxembourg and ourselves in Asia to gain funds owed to us on an almost twenty year old contract. It was a difficult negotiation with, at times, disagreeable people on the opposing side. Alistair handled it with great control, determination that resulted in a conclusion that we had agreed to accept.’

Legal 500 2021