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Ben is the Head of Contentious Trust and Probate and Senior Associate Solicitor. He joined Ellisons in May 2021.
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.
Outside of the office Ben’s interests include producing and mixing music, running, playing golf and spending time with his family.
Benjamin Fox has clearly demonstrated the following qualities and I have been very impressed with the service which I have received from him to date: empathy, an ability to relate to the particular issues, clear explanations of legal issues, strong attention to detail, awareness of potential costs involved, and ensuring the best value for client.
Legal 500 Guide to the Legal Profession
Benjamin Fox is building an impressive reputation for his work handling wills, trusts and estate disputes. Benjamin Fox is possibly the leading contentious trust and probate solicitor below partner level in East Anglia and He is remarkably unflappable and absolutely determined to see his client’s interests taken to their utmost. He handles his cases confidently and adeptly.
The Chambers & Partners 2019 HNW Guide
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Ben Fox is very professional in dealing with our very sensitive case of a contentious will, he told us what to expect and how long these cases take etc, and my brother and I felt we could leave it in his hands.