Chattertons Solicitors are delighted to confirm the expansion of their specialist Contentious Private Client team
Chattertons Solicitors are delighted to confirm the expansion of their specialist Contentious Private Client team based in Newark.
Newly qualified Solicitor Fiona McLeish who has been training with the firm over the last eighteen months has joined Associate Nicola Parr who heads up the team to deal with all aspects of Contentious Private Client work.
Fiona brings a wealth of non-contentious private client experience to the contentious role having initially joined Chattertons Private Client team as a Paralegal in 2016 before working alongside Nicola during the latter stages of her training. ‘I am really happy,’ says Fiona. ‘Considering I was studying whilst working full time and it was a lot of work, I am very pleased that my grades reflect how hard I have worked’.
In joining the specialist Contentious Private Client team, Fiona will handle all types of contentious private client disputes, including challenges to the validity of wills, claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 and all other claims relating to the administration of estates.
Contentious private client is a growing area of law with 24% of adults being involved in an inheritance dispute in their lifetime and the number of people contesting a grant of probate with a Caveat increasing by 6% in the last year alone. Fiona said "I am looking to developing my skills as a Solicitor by being part of an ambitious team that includes some of the region’s leading legal experts".
The team also specialise in disputes involving Attorneys and Deputies and contentious applications to the Court of Protection.
Nicola Parr said "In recent years, there have been several high-profile contested probate cases and clients are increasingly aware of their legal rights in this area. This along with issues which have been borne out by the Coronavirus pandemic have contributed to an increase in disputes over estates, Wills and LPAs and Fiona is a significant addition to our specialist Contentious Private Client team."