We advise on complex, large-scale and often high-profile disputes in the UK and other jurisdictions.
We act for high net worth individuals, families, family offices, trustees, trust companies and charities. The work we undertake includes both onshore and offshore trust litigation, domestic and international probate disputes, as well as work in the Court of Protection.
The practice has earned an outstanding reputation and is led by Band 1 ranked James Price. The arrival of Geoff Kertesz adds further strength and depth to the team.
In addition to conducting litigation in the UK, our lawyers coordinate claims in overseas jurisdictions, when necessary working alongside specialist law firms and non-legal professionals around the world. We also have a range of language skills including French, Italian, Spanish, Mandarin, Polish, and Russian.
We have unrivalled experience in putting together innovative costs arrangements. The use of third party funding, after-the-event insurance and risk-sharing fee agreements enables our clients to manage risk and litigate from a position of financial strength.
The department collaborates frequently with the firm’s highly experienced Divorce and Family, Tax Litigation, Commercial Litigation and Arbitration departments.
"Stewarts’ private client offering combines all the savvy of a top-flight niche litigation firm with the suave sophistication private clients have come to expect. The team is involved in the largest trust disputes, and the depth of knowledge and experience provides clients with a first-class service."The Legal 500
"James Price is one of the leading figures in the area, with great experience and enormous expertise. He is charismatic and brilliant with clients. Emma Holland is formidably clever and misses nothing. She is also charming and extremely hardworking."The Legal 500
"Geoff Kertesz is considered to be an "absolutely smashing" practitioner. "He is an incredibly articulate bloke who is on top of what's happening in the contentious trusts space." "Chambers HNW
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Meet the Trust and Probate Litigation team
The team is commended by clients for being “communicative, very fast acting, contactable and very client-focused” as well as for having “an entrepreneurial commercialism that makes them very user-friendly”.
We offer a substantial range of litigation-specific advice to private individuals, corporates and professional trustees.
Stewarts Private - Dispute Management
Stewarts Private is a dedicated dispute management service that helps our clients avoid, manage and resolve disputes. We provide strategic advice to assist in navigating serious, complex and challenging situations.