Hybrid Conference

Contentious Probate 2024 : Shaping New Law into Solution-Focused Answers for Your Clients

Court-Proven, Solution-Focused Answers to 7 Thorny Questions: Directly from 5 Top-Flight KCs and 2 Senior Juniors

5 hours CPD

Live Attendance

  • Attend the conference in-person at The Caledonian Club, London
  • Date: Tue, 27 Feb 2024
  • Rate: £249 + VAT per person
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    All talks are pre-recorded, to the standard of a TV broadcast service, so you can watch on-demand and online, whenever suits you best

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    Our experts talk under Chatham House Rule, so you get the best, most readily usable information they wouldn't share elsewhere


  1. 09:30

    Registration and coffee

  2. 10:00

    Chair's Introduction

    Contentious Probate: Shaping new law into solution-focused answers for your clients

    Chaired by James Lister of Stevens & Bolton

    James was shortlisted as “Partner of the Year” at the Citywealth Awards and one of Legal Week’s Private Client “Ones to Watch.” "He brings extraordinarily good insights."

  3. 10:10

    Handling financial abuse cases

    How do you gain an edge for your client when handling financial abuse cases, including dodgy attorneys and predatory marriages, and recover misappropriated monies?

    Answered by Alex Troup KC

    Alex is “a star of probate”, “among the most skilful barristers” with “a real commercial brain”. He acted in the high-profile Hughes v Prichard (2022) litigation.

  4. 10:45

    Reasonable financial provision

    How far can you push the court on reasonable financial provision for adult children, long-term cohabitees and spouses benefitting from life-interest trusts?

    Answered by Constance McDonnell KC

    Constance acted in the Court of Appeal in Hirachand v Hirachand (2021). She is "an absolutely stellar advocate, technically brilliant for complicated probate disputes."

  5. 11:20

    Morning Coffee

  6. 11:35

    Problems with capacity evidence

    How do you control - and overcome - the problems with capacity evidence and turn the scale in your client's favour, following the spate of recent cases?

    Answered by Kate Selway KC

    Kate is "one of the most effective wills and probate barristers at the bar - she produces superb results.” She is author of “Establishing Fraudulent Calumny.”

  7. 12:10

    Challenging Trustees' decisions

    What are creative ways of challenging trustees’ decisions and securing a favourable outcome for clients, supported by case law and practical examples?

    Answered by Matthew Hodson of Gatehouse Chambers

    Matthew is a "standout rising star" with particular strength in probate cases. He is “just the kind of lawyer you want on your side” and sits as a Deputy District Judge.

  8. 12:45


  9. 13:00


  10. 13:45

    Personal representatives

    How do you contend with - or defend - personal representatives battling with each other, including probate applications, letters of administration and strategic use of caveats?

    Answered by Alexander Learmonth KC

    Alexander won ‘Advocate of the Year’ at the STEP Private Client Awards. "He is just so dynamic, always seeing an angle that improves the client's position."

  11. 14:20

    Going beyond Guest v Guest

    To what extent will the courts apply the decision from Guest v Guest, but reduce the award due to proportionality and/or unreasonableness, and by how much?

    Answered by David E Grant KC

    David is “a first-rate silk and a superb speaker and communicator.” “He makes a technical and complex area appear quite simple and straightforward.”

  12. 14:55

    Early onset dementia

    With early onset dementia becoming an ever increasing reality, how do you protect yourself and the testator from attack on the grounds there was cognitive impairment?

    Answered by Oliver Ingham of 3PB

    Oliver is “tenacious, superb at arguing difficult cases and a pleasure to work with.” He acted in Kaur v Singh (2023), Hirachand (2022) and Jassall v Shah (2021).

  13. 15:30


  14. 16:00

    Close of conference

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Live Attendance

  • Attend the conference in-person at The Caledonian Club, London
  • Rate: £249 + VAT per person
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