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Martin Oliver


Martin specialises in inheritance disputes such as contesting a will and litigation involving wills and trusts.

"He has a very good legal brain, an eye for detail and a tactical sixth sense. He has an appropriate mix of empathy and clear, unambiguous and realistic advice."

Chambers UK


Martin is an experienced advocate having qualified as a solicitor-advocate (all Higher Courts) in November 2005. He specialises in inheritance disputes and has acted in high profile matters including the leading authority Ilot v Mitson UKSC 2015/0203 which was heard in the Supreme Court on 12 December 2016.

He has also acted in a contentious probate dispute involving the Estate of Gerry Rafferty (high profile singer). Further he has dealt with matters which are now leading authorities in relation to domicile issues/injunctions involving probate matters and also costs, most notably Morris v Davies & 4 others [2012] EWHC 1981(Ch) and Wharton v Bankcroft [2012] WTLR 693 and [2012] WTLR (Costs). 

In addition, Martin is recognised as a specialist in contentious trust and probate work and is a Member of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS). ACTAPS were set up in 1997 for lawyers specialising in contentious trust and probate work.

"Martin Oliver is simply one of the best private client practitioners in the industry. He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law, especially in relation to contested probate and Inheritance Act claims"

Legal 500 UK


After graduating from Durham University in 1997, Martin completed the Common Professional Examination and Legal Practice Course at the College of Law, York.  Martin trained and qualified in Birmingham before moving to Wright Hassall in 2006. He was promoted to partner in 2008 and has grown the contentious probate team significantly. 



Martin spends his spare time cycling, travelling and looking after guide dogs in training. 

Meet the team

Meet the team
Anna Sutcliffe - Contesting a Will Lawyer
Anna Sutcliffe Senior Associate
Maya Elci - Contentions Probate Lawyer
Maya Elci Associate
Danielle Pawson - Contentious Probate Lawyer
Danielle Pawson Associate
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