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 recently obtained a STEP Advanced Certificate in Trust Disputes and 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
- 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  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  EWHC 1905 (Ch).
- Judge v Bahd  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  3 WLR 487 – copyright action concerning the reproduction of ‘Stormtrooper’ helmets and armour.
Professional societies and memberships