Ellisons Solicitors is delighted to announce the appointment of Ben Fox as Head of its Contentious Trust and Probate Team. Ben joined Ellisons in May 2021 to expand the firm’s expertise in this complex and challenging area of law.

Ben is a leading contentious trust and probate specialist, with many years experience of complex disputes arising from Wills, trusts and inheritance, including cross-border and offshore cases. Such disputes arise from a wide range of circumstances, including estate administration (claims against Personal Representatives), challenges to the validity of Wills, where the Will fails to make reasonable financial provision for dependants of the Deceased, trusts and/or beneficial interests in property and assets.

Ben is a Full Member of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS), and is highly ranked in a number of the leading Legal Directories, including the Chambers & Partners High Net Worth (HNW) Guide (2019 and 2020) to the world’s leading private wealth advisers, and the 2021 Legal 500 Guide describing Ben as a Rising Star in his field.

Commenting on his new role, Ben said: “I am delighted to lead Ellisons’ Contentious Trust and Probate Team, and am really excited about what we can achieve in the coming years. We’ve already seen rapid growth in this area of law in a very short period of time, and the team is going from strength to strength. It’s been a pleasure to work with such a fantastic forward-thinking law firm and extremely talented lawyers who are also really good and empathetic people, which is so important in this area of law.

In addition to Ben, Ellisons’ Contentious Trust and Probate team comprises the highly experienced Partner, Graeme Wallington, and Graduate Legal Executive, Victoria Blanshard. The team is ready to expand further.

Commenting on Ben`s new role, Partner and Head of Ellisons’ Dispute Resolution Department, Lee Pearce, said: “Ben brings to the firm many years of expertise within this niche area of law, and an outstanding ability to work with clients through difficult decisions.  His leadership coupled with his level of expertise and experience in this area will enable the team to continue to grow, whilst maintaining excellent levels of client service”.

Ben is primarily based in our Bury St Edmunds office, but he and his team service clients across our offices in London, Chelmsford, Colchester, Ipswich and Tendring.