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    Joined Ellisons

    Ben is the Head of Contentious Trust and Probate and Senior Associate Solicitor. He joined Ellisons in May 2021.

    Areas of Specialism

    • Will, Trust and Inheritance Disputes, including cross-border and offshore matters
    • Estate administration disputes, including bringing and defending claims against Executors
    • Claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family & Dependants) Act 1975
    • Trust litigation, including breach of trust claims, removal actions, rectification and interpretation claims
    • Beneficial interest disputes, including proprietary estoppel and constructive trusts

    Career overview

    Ben is a leading contentious trust and probate specialist and one of only four contentious probate solicitors in East Anglia to be ranked in the prestigious 2020 Chambers & Partners High Net Worth (HNW) Guide to the world’s leading private wealth advisers. He is a Full Member of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS) and therefore a registered Contentious Trust and Probate Specialist.

    Ben has proven expertise in this complex area of law, leading his previous firm’s team to its first Tier 1 ranking in the Legal 500 Guide to the Legal Profession after less than two years in the role.

    Ben has extensive experience in all aspects of Wills, Trusts and Inheritance Disputes, including cross-border and offshore mandates. Ben advises on challenges to the validity of Wills, trust disputes, claims against Executors and Trustees and claims for reasonable financial provision under the Inheritance (Provision for Family & Dependants) Act 1975 (“IPFDA”). Ben has successfully acted in multi-million pound High Court claims, including a claim by a co-habitee against her fiancé’s £20m estate under the IPFDA (settled before judgment) and the removal of an Executor on behalf of multiple beneficiaries in the Chancery Division of the High Court.