Lavinia assists in the resolution of trust disputes and has experience acting for trustees, beneficiaries and protectors in UK-based and offshore trusts.
She also advises on disputes arising in the administration of estates, including challenges to the validity of wills, claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act and challenges to the actions of executors of estates.
Lavinia has experience in commercial litigation, which brings a useful angle to trust disputes. She has also acted on a number of appeals to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.
Lavinia was described in The Legal 500 as “an excellent up-and-coming lawyer. She works hard for her clients, and will have all the details of their case at her fingertips without losing sight of the bigger picture. She is definitely someone who you would want on your team.”
The Legal 500 also describes her as “extremely industrious, legally knowledgeable and excellent at precise drafting and a first-rate team player”.
Lavinia’s recent experience includes:
- Acting for the successful beneficiaries in AB v CD  EWHC 2324, an unusual case in which the trustees of trusts surrendered their discretion to the court, resulting in an order that the trust funds be distributed entirely to the successful beneficiaries.
- Acting for one of the respondents in an appeal to the Privy Council regarding the so-called ‘Black Swan’ jurisdiction in the BVI.
Lavinia studied Law with French Law at the University of Oxford, including a year studying at Université Paris II: Panthéon-Assas. She trained at Bircham Dyson Bell and qualified in October 2016. Lavinia joined Stewarts in February 2021.
Memberships and Accreditations
Lavinia is a member of ConTra, the Contentious Trusts Association.
Publications and media
- Lavinia has spoken at seminars hosted by ConTra on topics including capacity to litigate and will be speaking at the 2023 conference in Venice.
- Independent women inheriting in later life will impact trust and probate disputes