Laura specialises in all aspects of contentious probate work and disputed estates.

This includes challenges to the validity of wills on the basis of lack of testamentary capacity and/or knowledge and approval of the contents of the will; claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Defendants) Act 1975; proprietary estoppel claims and disputes with and between executors.  Laura's background includes general private client work as well as the litigious side so she can offer practical advice and knowledge on how wills should be drafted and estates administered.  

Experience 

  • Acted for a client in a proprietary estoppel claim which settled at the pre-action stage with costs recovered and secured him half the value of the farm in question when he was to receive nothing under the terms of the will;

  • Defended a claim under the Inheritance Act by deceased’s spouse which settled at the pre-action stage with a lump sum settlement and each party bearing their own costs; and

  • Conducted the pre-action stages of the reported will validity case of Kunicki v Hayward [2016] EWHC 3199 (Ch).

Career

Laura started her career at Shoosmiths as a paralegal before she commenced her training contract with Lodders Solicitors LLP in 2006 and where she stayed following her qualification until 2017. 

Memberships

Laura is a full member of STEP, the Society of Trust and Estates Practitioners the industry’s international professional body for advisors who specialise in inheritance and succession planning.  Laura is also working towards her membership of ACTAPS, the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists.  

Interests 

Laura enjoys socialising with family and friends and keeping fit when she can, but mostly she spend her time running around after her little boy!