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Contentious Trusts, Probate Disputes & Remedies

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Our team of experienced contentious trust and probate lawyers works closely with our private capital team to provide sympathetic and professional advice on difficult issues that may arise in relation to Wills, probate, estates and trusts.

By their very nature, disputes of this kind regularly involve families and friends so we work with you to resolve matters at an early stage with care and sensitivity. Independently researched legal guide, The Legal 500 recommend us as one of the UK’s leading Contentious, Trusts & Probate teams.

Based at our Newcastle City Centre office, our contentious trust and probate lawyers provide expert advice in relation to:

  • Challenging or defending the validity of a Will or Codicil, including claims based on a lack of proper formalities, lack of testamentary capacity, lack of knowledge and approval and undue influence;
  • Disputes relating to obtaining the Grant, including caveats and limited Grants;
  • Jurisdictional issues in relation to probate;
  • Disputes arising from lifetime gifts;
  • Claims for and against personal representatives, including breach of trust and removal and substitution;
  • A beneficiary’s right to information and documents, including accounts, inquiries and inventories;
  • Inheritance disputes and claims for provision from an estate under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975;
  • Proprietary estoppel and constructive trust claims;
  • Business disputes and management following the death of a partner or shareholder;
  • Trust disputes, including trustee duties, breach of trust, and the removal of trustees;
  • Claims against negligent professionals;
  • Negotiation and alternative dispute resolution.

Lucy Gray, a Partner at Hay & Kilner, is an Associate Member of The Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS). ACTAPS is an organisation of solicitors, barristers and legal executives who are only accepted into the membership if they have many years of specialist experience and ongoing practice in this area of the law.


  • "We are very pleased our case has been brought to a successful conclusion and would like to offer our grateful thanks for all that you have done."

    - Client of Rodney Jones

  • "Thank you for the exemplary assistance you've provided us throughout this dispute - it is very much appreciated and we won't hesitate to recommend you to others in future."

    - Client of Lucy Gray

  • "Lucy provided a service that was to a very high standard. Every aspect of the dispute was dealt with in a very professional and easy to understand fashion."

    - Client of Lucy Gray

  • "Martin provided an excellent level of service with good, clear advice at all stages."

    - Client of Martin Soloman