Probate, Inheritance, Trusts & Tax

Parklane Plowden Chambers has one of the largest specialist probate, inheritance and trusts teams outside London. The team are well placed to meet the needs of professionals who expect a truly specialist service and they are able to deal with contentious and non-contentious work at all levels of seniority and complexity.

“Parklane Plowden is ‘an excellent set with a number of good, specialist counsel’. Chambers is also seen as ‘approachable, helpful, and never fail to address and deal with issues in a timely, efficient, and friendly manner; service has always been second to none” 

Legal 500 2021


Parklane Plowden’s Chancery, probate and tax team has ‘good strength in depth, with specialist barristers at all levels’, and is noted for its ‘particular and growing strength in the area of probate and trust work”

Legal 500 2022

Probate, Inheritance & Trusts

Probate, inheritance and trusts is one of the fastest growing areas of work in the Business & Property Court. In addition there is a growing need for the provision of specialist advice and drafting services to personal representatives and trustees.

Members of the team also have extensive experience of the use of mediation in this area.  Our barristers appreciate and understand that this process involves negotiating skills and a practical approach which is different from the court process. The use of mediation is particularly appropriate in relation to probate, inheritance and trusts disputes and the compromises reached often involve complex drafting and taxation issues.

Members regularly deal with disputes relating to the validity of wills, directions applications for or against personal representatives, the construction and/or rectification of Wills and claims by and against estates including proprietary estoppel claims.

Family provision claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 often involve complex issues relating to business, agriculture, trusts and tax. The team is able to deal with claims of the utmost complexity. This work is also undertaken by members of the Family: Property and Finance team.

Members regularly deal with disputes relating to the validity and construction of settlements, the rectification of trusts and settlements, directions applications for or against trustees, applications under the Variation of Trusts Act 1958, applications under TOLATA.

Work undertaken includes the drafting of bespoke wills, trusts and deeds. Members can advise on the variation and termination of trusts, the administration of estates and trusts and the duties and powers of personal representatives and trustees including in relation to litigation.

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