Robert is a Partner and Head of our Disputed Wills, Trusts and Estates Team as well as Location Head of the Tiverton office.
He has a comprehensive track record of advising private individuals, charities and trustees in relation to all matters arising out of contentious Wills, Trusts and Estates as well as advising on contentious Court of Protection matters which enables him to provide a complete service to his clients. In addition, Robert also has a wealth of property litigation experience and is part of Ashfords' Agriculture Team.
Robert specialises in advising clients in relation to: challenges to the validity of a Will or Trust instrument; Will construction and rectification claims and claims against personal representatives and trustees regarding their performance, including applications for their removal and replacement; claims for financial provision from an estate pursuant to the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975; proprietary estoppel claims; claims in relation to lifetime transactions on the basis that they are void for lack of capacity, undue influence or fraud and professional negligence claims relating to wills, trusts and estates. Robert also advises on agricultural tenancy disputes, farming partnership disputes and related property disputes.
Robert is a member of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS) and was awarded a Distinction on a Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) Advanced Certificate in Trusts Disputes. He is recognised as a notable figure in the contentious trust and property litigation fields by both the Legal 500 and the Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession.
- Representing trustees, executors and beneficiaries on applications for the removal of non performing trustees and executors and claims for breach of trust.
- Advising on claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.
- Advising on court of protection applications regarding the appointment and conduct of deputies and attorneys.
- Professional negligence (usually solicitor and accountant) claims regarding will drafting and estate planning advice, and advice to trustees and executors.
- Acting on a proprietary estoppel and farming partnership dispute relating to agricultural land which also involved issues relating to Agricultural Holdings Act and Agricultural Tenancies Act claims.