Barny is a Senior Associate in Ashfords' Disputed Wills, Trusts and Estates Team.
Barny represents national charities, trustees, executors and professional referrers on trust disputes and all manner of inheritance related disputes and associated reputation management. Barny typically advises in respect of the following claims: professional negligence claims, claims for reasonable financial provision, challenges to the validity of Wills, problems relating to Deputyships, Enduring Powers of Attorney, Lasting Powers of Attorney and problems relating to the administration of complex Estates.
Barny is also a member of the Association of Contentious Trusts and Probate Specialists (“ACTAPS”).
Before going into the law Barny read international politics at Aberystwyth University and Political Science in Strasbourg, he worked for a humanitarian charity in London and in Africa and helped to open a small business. He is "particularly effective at mediation."
"He is very astute and has got huge potential. He is going to become a significant player in the field," says an interviewee. Another source says that Croft is "a problem solver who doesn't take points for the sake of taking points." - Chambers 2020
- National charity: Advising on a professional negligence claim against a professional will draftsman. The dispute included a claim for rectification of a Will.
- Private client: Representing a client in a claim to set aside a Will on the basis that it was a forgery and/or that the Deceased did not know of and/or approve what was in the Will.
- Private client: Representing a client in a high value fraud and breach of trust claim. The claim was run in conjunction with a police investigation.
- Various clients: Advising various clients in claims by surviving spouses, cohabitees, children and dependants in claims for reasonable financial provision from a deceased's estate under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.
- Trustees and executors: Advising trustees and executors on a complex and high value estate administration. The matter involved numerous properties, tax issues, conflicting parties, a claim for rectification, a deed of variation, Will construction disputes and problems relating to abatements.
Unflappable in even the messiest and most acrimonious contentious probate cases.
Legal 500 2018