Ashfords grows Wills & Inheritance Disputes team with new senior hire

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UK law firm Ashfords has appointed senior associate Hannah Brittain to the firm's Wills & Inheritance Disputes team. Hannah joins Ashfords from specialist contentious probate firm, IDR Law, where she headed up the Charity Legacy Disputes team.

Hannah specialises in trust and probate claims and she has built a specialist focus on charity legacy disputes, working with legacy officers to resolve disputes over charitable legacies in wills. Hannah's extensive experience includes Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 claims, professional negligence claims (arising from the administration of estates and for negligent drafting of wills), and propriety estoppel claims.

Hannah said:  “I am thrilled to have joined the award-winning Wills and Inheritance Disputes team at Ashfords. They work closely with a large number of third sector organisations, including high profile national household names, providing a complete service offering to their charity and not-for-profit clients. I am looking forward to working closely with these clients in dealing with challenges to legacies, providing clear, strategic and focused advice with the aim of guiding the charity to a successful outcome, be that winning in Court or achieving an out of court settlement."

Robert Horsey, Partner and Head of Wills & Inheritance Disputes, said: "We are delighted that Hannah has joined us as we further develop our charity legacy disputes work. We have been looking for some time for a suitable senior hire to meet the continuing growth in the practice area which is now also being accelerated by the cost of living crisis amplifying the importance of receiving support from an inheritance or trust. Hannah's wealth of experience makes her a natural fit for the team as we continue to deliver the specialist expertise and experience that our clients need.” 

Ashfords Wills & Inheritance Disputes team works closely with major UK charities, providing estate administration support and valuable reputational guidance. The charities team advise on a wide range of contentious matters including breach of trust claims, executor/trustee disputes and challenges to the validity of wills. The team is ranked Band 1 for Charity Legacy Disputes in Chambers 2023 and Tier 2 in Legal 500.

Ashfords are valued legal partners to a wide range of corporate, public and private clients across the UK and internationally; counted on by clients to get the right result whether that’s delivering commercial objectives, protecting family assets, making investments or solving disputes.

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