Tom is a senior associate in the trust and estate disputes team. 

He acts for both claimants and defendants on a range of complex matters including domicile disputes, claims regarding the administration of estates and trusts (domestic and international), applications to remove trustees and personal representatives and claims pursuant to the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.  Tom also acts in relation to disputed Court of Protection matters.

Complex cases involving multi-million pound estates form part of Tom's regular workload, and he has extensive experience acting for protected parties in litigation.  He is an effective negotiator with considerable experience in round-table discussions and mediation.

Tom qualified as a solicitor in 2013 and joined Russell-Cooke in 2018.  He was promoted to senior associate in 2020.

  • Property trust dispute.  K v N [2021] unreported: successfully claiming a declaration in our client’s favour as to 100% beneficial ownership of a disputed property.  We were able to secure the recovery of our client’s costs on the indemnity basis.
  • Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 claim.  Stevanovic v Knyvett [2019] EWHC 381 (Fam): successfully defending a claim by a former purported partner of the deceased for financial provision from his multi-million pound estate.  Opposing an application for interim provision in the first reported case to consider the merits requirements.
  • Acting on behalf of three adult children of the deceased, all of whom were protected parties, in a claim pursuant to the 1975 Act where the deceased had left the entirety of his estate to his carer. Successful application under Section 4 of the 1975 Act to issue a claim out of time.
  • Administration dispute: acted for an executor of an estate in a successful application in the High Court to remove a co-executor under section 50 of the Administration of Justice Act 1985.
  • Domicile dispute: acted for the wife of the deceased in defending a claim brought by her step-son who contested the deceased’s domicile at the time of his death, and asserted forced heirship rights.
  • Tom is an associate member of ACTAPS (Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists).
  • Tom has been ranked as an Associate to Watch in Chambers HNW 2021 and as a Rising Star in Legal 500 (2022).

  • Tom graduated from the University of Southampton with a first-class honours degree in History.