Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution and Charity Teams
Alastair has gained considerable experience in trusts, probate and inheritance matters since qualifying 1998, including disputed Wills, claims to remove Executors or Trustees, Breach of Trust cases and Inheritance Act claims. Alastair regularly acts for charities, executors and beneficiaries in claims found in the Court of Protection and the High Court. Alastair also handles a wide range of property-related disputes, particularly those involving commercial property.
Alastair heads up the Litigation team, he has over 20 years experience of dealing with contentious trust and probate disputes. Alastair has extensive experience of successfully handling High Court, and County Court matters for a range of clients including Executors/Trustees, beneficiaries, charities and potential beneficiaries of estates. A recognised leader in his area, Alastair has a proven track record of resolving complex trust and probate disputes.
Alastair regularly advises on challenges to the validity of wills, issues of construction and rectification of wills and deeds, constructive trust and proprietary estoppel claims, claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, all Court of Protection matters and trust and succession issues.
Alastair regularly acts for local national and international Charities in relation to probate disputes and Court of Protection issues including Will challenges, trust and succession issues and LPA related matters.
He offers charities clarity of thought and is well versed in finding practical solutions to intractable problems. Alastair also has experience in advising other not for profit organisation on all areas of litigation including independent schools.
Alastair has been recognised as a Leading Individual in the Legal 500 for the past 4 years. Alastair was praised in the 2019 Legal 500 rankings as a Leading Individual for contentious trusts and probate and “has a thorough knowledge of the law in this technically complex area, but also understands the commercial realities of the case and the client’s practical requirements, enabling him to give the best possible advice”. Alastair was also recommended for charities and not-for-profit as the practice is “excellent in all areas”, with clients singling out Alastair for his “prompt responses and understanding of clients’ needs – he communicates in plain English and keeps clients updated”.