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Personal or professional, sometimes there are occasions when disputes simply can’t be avoided. If you’re caught up in litigation, we understand you want an expert team of contentious probate lawyers on your side to help protect your position and achieve the best outcome.

Our award winning contentious probate solicitors are top-rated by independent legal services guides Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners and are known for the breadth and depth of our national client base and our unrivalled knowledge. As one of the largest and strongest litigation teams across the North of England, we’re recognised for our commitment to our clients and our understanding of their needs, for our tactically sophisticated and pragmatic advice and our cutting edge approach to litigation.

Disputes over wills, inheritance and estates are a particular specialism, having acted for numerous clients on these matters. Our experience in this area means we are well placed to support succession planning; drafting wills which seek to minimise potential sources of conflict and future estate disputes. Our team have specialist qualifications (ACTAPS) in this niche area of law, complimenting our broad experience.

Sometimes court isn’t the only solution, and our team of inheritance dispute solicitors are experienced at handling mediations and other forms of alternative dispute resolution, offering a cost-effective and timely alternative. If your case does reach court, you can be assured of our proven trial experience and successful track record.

Our probate dispute solicitors also understand that dispute resolution has the potential to be a large financial undertaking. We have a wealth of experience putting in place innovative cost solutions, including no-win, no fee agreements, which enable clients to manage risk and litigate from a position of strength.

If you’re entering a dispute, you need a proactive, experienced team in your corner to deliver the very best outcome for you. We’re right here and ready to help.

Our services
  • Contested estates and trusts
  • Contractual disputes
  • Defamation
  • Director and Shareholder disputes
  • Disputed wills
  • Financial service disputes
  • Fire claims
  • Injunctions
  • Insurance disputes
  • Intellectual property disputes
  • Investment disputes
  • IT claims
  • Pensions disputes
  • Private wealth disputes
  • Professional negligence

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Martin Woodford

Partner | Commercial Litigation

+44 (0) 330 137 3319

+44 (0)791 232 8152

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Gaynor Jackson

Consultant | Wills, trusts and legacies

+44 (0) 330 137 3344

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What people say

  • Very receptive to the needs of clients, and flexible in meeting the needs of clients (ie, willing to discuss issues outside regular working hours, due to limitations related to Covid-19 use innovative ways of communicating).

    Legal 500, Client quote
  • From my experience of dealing with the private client team, it feels like you are dealing with a local firm that cares about the client.

    Client quote
  • This firm ‘has the patience required to explain even the most complex matters in a language that is easy to understand’.

    Chambers & Partners
  • The 'substantial and well-resourced' team attracts praise for its 'professionalism, openness and integrity'.

    Legal 500
  • Ward Hadaway are a thoroughly professional and highly competent firm in the private client arena; coupled with this, they bring a strong degree of empathy when dealing with delicate client matters.

    Chambers & Partners
  • Ward Hadaway ‘delivers tailored advice and good value for money’. Gaynor Jackson ‘combines extensive legal skills and experience with a very pragmatic and collaborative approach’.

    Legal 500

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