Tom is an associate in the trust and estate disputes team.
Tom acts for both claimants and defendants on a range of matters including claims pursuant to the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 ('The 1975 Act'), will disputes, applications in the Court of Protection, disputes with personal representatives and trustees, administration disputes and property trust disputes.
Tom has experience of handling complex cases involving multi-million pound estates and has extensive experience acting for protected parties in litigation.
Tom 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.
- Acting 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
- Acting on behalf of three adult children of the deceased, all of whom were protected parties, in a claim pursuant to the 1975 Act outside of the six-month time limit. The deceased had left the entirety of his estate to his carer
- Acting for the defendants in a dispute concerning the binding nature of a mutual Will
- Defending a claim brought by a former partner of the deceased for financial provision from his multi-million pound estate pursuant to the 1975 Act
- Acting for a child of the deceased defending a challenge to the validity of his late mother's will on the grounds of want of execution, want of capacity and want of knowledge and approval
- Acting for a claimant in a property trust dispute with a former partner who refused to acknowledge his beneficial interest. Issued proceedings seeking a declaration of his beneficial interest on the basis of a common intention constructive trust. The claim settled following mediation
Tom graduated from the University of Southampton with a first-class honours degree in History, before completing the Graduate Diploma in Law and the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law, Bloomsbury.