Gareth is a partner in the trust and estate disputes team and specialises in all types of work undertaken in this specialist team, including bringing and defending challenges to wills; disputes with personal representatives; trust and estate administration disputes and bringing and defending claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.

Gareth has considerable experience in contested applications brought in the Court of Protection relating to the property and financial affairs of people who lack the necessary mental capacity to do deal with that property themselves.

Much of his work involves an international element, and he has particular experience in dealing (in conjunction with the firm's specialist French law team) with matters arising in estates with assets in England and France. Gareth is also a fluent French speaker.

He is described in The Legal 500 (2017) as "clever as well as practical""very knowledgeable" and "great with clients". In 2016, he was praised by The Legal 500 (2016) for his willingness to work hard to keep costs down where possible” and as someone who is "always ready to go that extra mile". In 2014, The Legal 500 commented that he "is very experienced and attuned to the needs of his clients". He was also recommended in The Legal 500 (2012) which notes that he "holds his nerve when the going gets tough".

  • Will - being instructed by the four defendant siblings in the reported case of Brennan v Prior and Ors [2013] EWHC 2867 (Ch) in which he successfully defended a challenge to the validity of their brother's will, brought by the deceased's daughter on grounds of undue influence, lack of testamentary capacity, lack of knowledge and approval, lack of due execution, fraud and forgery
  • Will - acting for the partner of the late Bernard Matthews in the case of Scarfe v Matthews [2012] EWHC 3071 (Ch) in relation to a claim by three of his children that his will should be interpreted so as to confer a benefit on them worth £2.8 million, notwithstanding they were not named in the will
  • Estate - acting for the same-sex partner of a well-known business man in relation to a claim for financial provision from his multi-million pound estate. The deceased's estate unfortunately had made no provision for the client, as the deceased had not updated his will following the start of his relationship
  • Statutory will - applying for an emergency statutory will on behalf of the unmarried partner of a terminally ill patient in the final stages of his illness. The patient sadly died before the final hearing of the application and Gareth subsequently acted for the partner in an Inheritance Act claim
  • Charity will - acting for a charity to admit a copy will (of which it is the residuary beneficiary) to probate in circumstances where the deceased's children are invoking a presumption that the will has been lost
  • Court of Protection - being instructed by the daughter of a lady suspected to be the victim of financial abuse by two acquaintances, to apply to the Court of Protection for a deputyship order in order to protect the mother's assets, and to consider recovery action in respect of monies taken
  • Proprietary estoppel - defending a court-appointed professional personal representative of an estate subject to a claim brought by the deceased's brother in proprietary estoppel
  • Described in The Legal 500 (2017) as "clever as well as practical""very knowledgeable" and "great with clients"
  • Member of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS)

Gareth read Law with French Law and Language at the University of East Anglia and completed a Masters degree in French Law and European Law at the Université Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne).