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Clarion expands dedicated contentious probate specialist team


Louise Dodds has joined our dedicated contentious probate team as an associate.

Louise completed her training contract with Gordons in 2010 and has spent the last three years working in its contentious Wills, trusts and probate department as a solicitor. During her time there, she worked on a number of well known cases, gaining experience of advising on contentious Wills, trusts and probate.

In her new role, Louise will be dealing with matters such as: claims regarding the validity or otherwise of Wills including challenges based on lack of capacity, lack of knowledge and approval, undue influence, fraud, forgery and failure to comply with execution formalities; claims by disappointed beneficiaries including claims for reasonable financial provision under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975; claims involving trusts and estates and mismanagement by personal representatives and trustees; Court of Protection matters involving financial abuse and claims by and against deputies and attorneys; and mediation and dispute resolution.

“As one of the few dedicated disputed Wills and probate teams in the region, Clarion has built a strong reputation and is well respected within the private client field,” explains Lynsey Harrison who leads Clarion’s contentious probate team. “In recent years, the practice has gone from strength to strength and our increased caseload has resulted in the need to expand. With her experience in this niche area of the law, Louise will be a real asset to our growing team.”

Louise adds: “Joining Clarion provides a great opportunity to work with Lynsey who is one of the leading litigation solicitors in contentious probate, and assist her in developing the specialist practice she has built up. I’m looking forward to the new challenges this will bring such as increasing my expertise in relation to Court of Protection matters.

“As the team sits within the private client team and alongside the family team, I’m also looking forward to contributing as they pool their expertise and provide private clients with a high quality, well-rounded service.”

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Picture shows (L to R): Lynsey Harrison who leads Clarion’s contentious probate team; and Justine Osmotherley, partner and head of family and private client, with associate Louise Dodds

For further press information, please contact:
Susan Reid on (01423) 56 99 99 or susan@appealpr.com