"Really knows her stuff"

Legal 500, 2016

Laura joined Kingsley Napley in 2012 and became a Senior Associate in the Dispute Resolution Department in 2017. Laura has particular expertise in Wills, Trusts and Inheritance Disputes but also has a broad range of litigation experience.

Laura’s experience in the area of Wills and Inheritance Disputes  includes challenging wills on the basis of lack of testamentary capacity, want of knowledge and approval, fraud, forgery and undue influence, and includes dealing with multi-jurisdiction estates with a multi-cultural aspect.

She also represents both claimants and defendants of Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 claims.

In respect of trust experience, Laura is regularly instructed in respect of claims relating to the removal of executors and trustees, claims for breaches of trusts, misappropriation of estate funds by trustees and professional negligence claims relating to wills and trusts.

Laura’s broader experience includes acting for companies, directors and shareholders in relation to company disputes and breach of contract claims. She has acted on behalf of SMEs and entrepreneurs in respect of professional negligence claims and claims against large financial institutions.   She has experience of arbitrations with an international element.

Laura is a member of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS) and an affiliate member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). She has obtained a STEP Advanced Certificate in Trust Disputes and has recently achieved a distinction in her STEP Advanced Certificate in the Administration of Trusts. Laura has been recognised in the Legal 500 in this area.

Areas of Experience:

  • Wills, Trusts and Inheritance Disputes;
  • Financial services disputes;
  • Shareholder and boardroom disputes;
  • Commercial and contract disputes;
  • Litigation with a multi-jurisdictional element;
  • Professional Negligence

Recent CASES

  • Advising the beneficiaries of a life interest trust in respect of allegations of a breach of trust by the trustees
  • Advising the beneficiaries/executors of an estate against a claim under the 1975 Act
  • Acting on behalf of a beneficiary under a will who was accused of fraud and forgery
  • Assisting the beneficiaries in a complex contentious probate claim, across multiple jurisdictions where the Wills were being challenged on the grounds of lack of valid execution, capacity and undue influence.
  • Obtaining successful settlements in relation to a number of contentious probate disputes with particular allegations of undue influence.
  • Applying for interim anti-suit and freezing injunctions in relation to English and Dutch contentious probate proceedings [2014] EWHC 2860 (Ch).
  • Acting for minority shareholder in unfair prejudice petition in respect of well-known international modelling company.
  • Acting for former directors of companies accused of misappropriation and breaches of restrictive covenants.
  •  Acting for a director of a company in successfully striking out a multi-million pound claim against him for lack of jurisdiction [2015] EWHC 1905 (Ch).
  • Judge v Bahd [2014] EWHC 2206: Representing a successful claimant in relation to an unfair prejudice petition where the director-shareholder had been unfairly excluded from management of two companies operating as a quasi-partnership.
  • Acting for claimants in financial services claims concerning mis-selling, misrepresentation, professional negligence and LIBOR manipulation.
  • Defending a company director against potential disqualification proceedings.
  • Assisting in Lucasfilm v Andrew Ainsworth [2011] 3 WLR 487 – copyright action concerning the reproduction of ‘Stormtrooper’ helmets and armour.


Professional societies and memberships


Insight from Laura

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Artists need to be extra vigilant about tax in the current climate

The not so ‘Gleeful’ side of Trademark Infringement

A timely reminder for lawyers to reacquaint themselves with the White Book?

After months of debating, will the Defamation Bill ever get its eagerly anticipated debut?

Is IP litigation recession proof?

Are ‘no win no fee’ arrangements suitable for inheritance claims under the 1975 Act?

Inheritance disputes: Farmers reminded of 'alternative dispute resolution'

Land and property: Why inheritance promises can end in court

Are there any lessons to be learnt from the two most recent farming inheritance cases?

Same Sex Relationships and Probate Disputes

What if you’ve been left an inheritance, but not in the way that you want?

The extent of restrictions placed on trustees by a trust deed (South Downs Trustees Ltd v GH)

“But you promised me!” – Are promises enough when someone passes away?

Time’s up! When does “late” become “too late” to make an application for provision under the 1975 Act?

Homemade wills and deathbed gifts – are they easier to challenge?

Annual statistics for Trusts, Wills and Probate released

The difficulties (but not impossibility) of challenging wills prepared by solicitors

Is it “reasonable” to apply for further financial provision under the 1975 Act?

Inheritance disputes are hardly the preserve of the few

Second judgment on will signing error: Solicitor’s insurers to pay legal fees

Defamation and Privacy cases – extra cost protection proposed

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