Paul is a partner in the trust and succession disputes team.
He is described as a ‘star litigator’ and ‘a formidable opponent’.
Paul specialises in all types of trust and probate disputes. This includes claims about the validity, construction and rectification of wills and trusts, Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 claims, removal of executors and trustees, and contentious estate and trust administrations.
The Court has appointed him administrator in a number of contentious estates. A barrister interviewed by the leading independent legal directories commented: ‘if I were a client with a contentious trusts or probate claim, I would, without hesitation, go to Paul’.
Paul also advises on contentious Court of Protection matters, both financial, and health and welfare, involving those unable to manage their own affairs. These include statutory will applications and disputes over the appointment or conduct of attorneys and deputies. Occasionally he acts as a ‘litigation friend’.
He also advises on professional negligence claims arising out of trust and estate administration, and failed estate and tax planning.
He heads the firm’s work for charities and not-for-profit organisations on legacy income with Stephen Richards.