Judith is a Senior Associate at Gardner Leader in the Contested Probate and Property Litigation Teams.
Judith joined Gardner Leader in 2009 as a solicitor in the firm’s Litigation team. She has since specialised in Contested Probate and Property Litigation matters. During 2013 Judith commenced the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS) course and won the LawNet national award for Young Lawyer of the Year the same year. Judith became a Senior Associate on 1 July 2016.
Judith deals extensively with trusts and inheritance issues including disputed Wills, Inheritance Act claims, undue influence, rectification Wills and testamentary capacity issues. Judith also acts on behalf of charities not only in respect of contested legacies, but also debt and property disputes.
Judith also advises on a wide range of property litigation disputes such as Landlord and Tenant breaches of covenant, business lease renewals, service charge disputes, dilapidations, recovery of rent arrears, property related contractual disputes, boundary disputes, nuisance issues, adverse possession and misrepresentation relating to land.
In addition to the above Judith also has an interest in Inquest work, in particular military related inquests.
Relevant Work Experience
Defending against multiple claimants who brought individual claims against an estate worth in excess of £2 million, including, a proprietary estoppel claim, a claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family & Dependants) Act 1975 and a testamentary capacity claim.
Acting on behalf of numerous charities advising on legacy issues, inappropriate executor conduct, validity of wills, and rectification of mistakes in wills.
Successfully defending a £1.1 million claim on behalf of two Defendants in the High Court of Justice which challenged the deceased’s lack of testamentary capacity (as a result of vascular dementia).
Acting on behalf of landlord defending a claim issued by a tenant who is leasing commercial premises but disputing the terms of the proposed renewal of the lease.
Advising a freeholder on a group request by leaseholders (pursuant to Leasehold Reform Housing and Urban Development Act 1993) to extend their lease which concerns a residential block of apartments.
Commenced study for Membership of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS)
I have been impressed with Gardner Leader’s precise focus on the issues and their persistence in following up to achieve the desired results. I would single out Judith Rountree for being assiduous in keeping the Client up to date. Their very clear approach to costs is also to be welcomed. Working with them is a pleasure.
Philip Black – Legacy Link
Judith took over our very contentious probate case that involved multiple parties with strong personalities and a huge amount of evidence. We were pleased with how quickly she got to grips with the intricate details of our case, managed each individual’s personality and expectations with a natural understanding. Judith expertly guided our difficult case to conclusion via mediation and ultimately a satisfactory outcome for all of us.