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CPD - 1.5 hour (SRA A2)
Contentious Probate Review Webinar
Recorded 10th October
Covering the latest developments in:
- Will validity (including capacity and undue influence)
- Proprietary estoppel
- 1975 Act claims, including discretionary trusts, extensions of time, spouse claims
- Removal of executors
- Commorientes, intestacy and the Scarle case
- Interpretation of wills
James Aspden, Wilsons Solicitors & Alexander Learmonth, New Square Chambers
About our presenters
James is a partner in the Will & Trust Disputes team at Wilsons, and specialises in resolving trust and probate disputes. James read Law at Somerville College, Oxford then trained at Sharpe Pritchard in London. He joined Henmans on qualification in 2002, and moved to Wilsons in June 2004.
"Very well respected, a good lawyer, a savvy litigator and a nice guy."
Chambers HNW, 2018
James' work ranges from claims concerning the validity and effect of wills, claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, undue influence and equitable claims, to actions by or against trustees of landed estates and international trust disputes. He regularly acts for clients in mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.
James is recommended in both the Legal 500, Chambers and The Times Best Law Firm, in which he is consistently ranked as a leading individual. He is a member of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS) and the Charity Law Association.
Alexander has become a major presence at the chancery bar, combining "fine drafting skills" (Chambers UK) with "smooth and persuasive" advocacy” (Legal 500), and is described by clients as “absolutely wonderful” and “as good as any silk” (Who’s Who Legal). In conference, clients find him "charming" and "affable" (Chambers UK Bar), and able to provide reassurance at an emotionally difficult time.
"Fantastically clever; He is a very good advocate and exceptional on his feet."
Chancery: Traditional - Chambers UK Bar 2018
Alexander's principal area of practice is in succession. Described as "intellectually and technically remarkable" (Legal 500), he has appeared in some of the leading cases in his fields, at every level of court, including the first probate case to reach the Supreme Court, Marley v Rawlings. He is editor of leading textbooks, Theobald on Wills and Williams, Mortimer & Sunnucks on Executors, Administrators and Probate,