Gavin acts for professional trustees and executors, trust corporations, charities and individuals and has extensive experience in dealing with complex trust disputes involving multi-million-pound claims and other jurisdictions.
He also deals with a wide range of contested claims concerning validity of wills and lifetime gifts; construction and rectification of wills and/or trust deeds; family provision claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 for all categories of applicant including spouses, cohabitees, dependants and children; professional negligence claims arising from defective trust instruments and wills, or poor legal, investment or tax advice; beneficial interest in properties (arising before and after death) including proprietary estoppel claims; and statutory wills and Court of Protection matters concerning financial abuse.
Gavin also acts as an independent administrator and/or court appointed personal representative and trustee in disputed estates and is also regularly instructed as a mediator. He regularly delivers training and education to legal and non-legal professionals and intermediaries, and has lectured for Central Law Training.
How do you help clients?
I help clients achieve successful outcomes at a time that is often extremely difficult.
It can be daunting to seek a lawyer's advice, possibly for the first time, especially when children, parents and/ or other family members are involved or possibly following the death of a loved one.
It is crucial to sit down, carefully review your situation and work together to devise a strategy to achieve your objectives and goals, as quickly and cost-effectively as possible. At what is probably an emotive time for you, I can provide you with advice and support to resolve issues and move on with your life.
- Validity – challenges to wills and lifetime gifts on the basis of lack of capacity, undue influence or lack of knowledge and approval
- Inheritance Act claims
- Trust Disputes
- Professional Negligence
- Disputed Attorney/ Deputy appointments