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Nicola
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Nicola Phillipson TEP

Called 1999

Nicola is a fully qualified member of STEP (Society Trusts and Estate Practitioners) and specialises in all areas of probate and claims under the Inheritance Act.  Nicola is also registered under the Direct Access Scheme.

“An exceptional advocate who puts clients at ease"

The Legal 500, 2020
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Areas Of Expertise

Areas of Expertise
Probate, Inheritance & Trusts
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Probate

  • Construction and interpretation of wills
  • Rectification 
  • Testamentary capacity, undue influence, fraudulent calumny, knowledge and approval
  • Statutory wills
  • Actions against Executors
  • Pronouncements for and against wills in solemn form
  • Mutual wills
  • Administration of Estates
  • Intestacy
  • Proceedings under CPR64
  • LPAs

Inheritance Act

Nicola regularly advises and acts for Applicants, Beneficiaries, and Executors in claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975

Mediations and ADR

Nicola regularly acts for parties in mediations, ADR and Judge led FDRs.

Property
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Nicola acts for landlords and tenants in all aspects of housing law and homelessness.

Recommendations
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Ranked by The Legal 500 as a leading Junior for Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law expertise in the 2018, 2019 and 2020 directories.

Ranked by The Legal 500 as a leading Junior for Property expertise in the 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 directories.

Quotes focuses on contested probate and Inheritance Act claims, and is highly experienced in mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. The Legal 500, 2020.

 “Clever, down to earth, practical and collaborative.” –  The Legal 500, 2020.

An exceptional advocate who puts clients at ease.” – The Legal 500, 2020.

 “Very Conscientious and provides sound advice.” – The Legal 500, 2019.

A superb advocate” – The Legal 500, 2019.

Incredibly smart and aggressive where necessary.” – The Legal 500 2018.

 “An expert in housing cases.”- The Legal 500, 2017.

"Highly knowledgeable, pragmatic and down to earth." - The Legal 500, 2016.

Notable Cases
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Recent cases include: 

  • Advising upon and ultimately settling a claim for a widow under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 in a £6 million estate 
  • Advised and represented beneficiaries in an application to remove an executor who was failing to administer the estate in a timely manner 
  • Successfully defended a Will which was being challenged on the basis that the testator lacked capacity and had been unduly influenced by the beneficiary 
  • Opinion provided to the court on the correct interpretation of the beneficiaries under a will trust

 

Articles & Publications
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Contributor to the Sweet and Maxwell loose-leaf publication  “Co-habitation Law and Precedents” (Sweet and Maxwell). 

Co-author with Rachel Roche LLM TEP of “Challenging a Will”  - an e-book guide to help lay clients understand the process of challenging a will and what the next steps are.

“Inheritance Act Claims – Delay at your Peril” – published in the Law Society Private Client quarterly magazine.

Lectures
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“Habeas Corpse – Who Controls the Body?” – delivered to the Northern Contentious Probate Group in 2019. 

Declarations of Parentage and DNA Testing in the Business and Property and Family Courts – delivered to the Law Society in Leeds in 2019. 

Regular seminars delivered in Chambers and in-house to solicitors’ firms (titles include: “So Long, Farewell – How, When and Why to remove Personal Representatives” (2019), “Bringing Inheritance Act Claims out of Time” (2019) “Inheritance Act Damages Workshop” (2018). 

“A DECLARATION OF DEATH – WHEN, HOW AND WHY TO PRESUME A PERSON DEAD” (2017).

Appointments
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Appointed to sit as a DDJ in 2015

Direct access qualified

Personal Details
Education

Jurisprudence, BA Hons – Merton College, Oxford

MA (Oxon) Merton College, Oxford

Professional Associations

Full member of STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners)

Member of the Chancery Bar Association

Member of the Northern Chancery Bar Association Direct Access qualified 

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