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    Joined Ellisons

    Sophie joined Ellisons in May 2022 and is an associate solicitor in our Contentious Trusts and Probate team.

    Areas of Specialism

    Sophie has a vast amount of experience dealing with disputes involving contentious trusts and probate issues, including:

    • Disputes which arise between the beneficiaries and executors of an Estate, or co-executors of an Estate;
    • Claims against the validity of a Will, on grounds of undue influence, fraud, lack of testamentary capacity, fraudulent calumny and/or want of knowledge and approval;
    • Bringing and defending claims for financial provision from an Estate under the Inheritance (Provision for Family & Dependants) Act 1975;
    • Bringing and defending claims under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 (“TOLATA”);
    • Proprietary estoppel claims;
    • Claims involving the rectification of a Will;
    • Claims involving the removal of an Executor of an Estate; and
    • Disputes concerning the administration of trusts.

    Career overview

    Sophie studied law at the University of Exeter and qualified as a Solicitor in March 2019.

    Following qualification, Sophie specialised in commercial disputes for 3 years, and this has enabled her to develop a niche in dealing with contentious trusts and probate matters involving complex business structures and assets, particularly farming partnerships.

    Sophie has been described in the Legal 500 as “client-friendly and relaxed but with a steely resolve”. Another client also notes that “the whole idea of involving yourself with the legal system and solicitors is intimidating for someone with no previous knowledge or experience. Right from my first meeting with Sophie, she must’ve understood that and immediately put me at ease. She was kind, calm, empathetic and listened to what I had to say – and answered the immediate questions I had about my situation and the law”.

    Sophie was promoted to Associate in June 2023 and is an active member of ConTrA (the Contentious Trust Association).