Gavin acts for professional trustees and executors, trust corporations, charities and individuals and has extensive experience in dealing with complex trust disputes involving multi-million-pound claims and other jurisdictions.
He also deals with a wide range of contested claims concerning validity of wills and lifetime gifts; construction and rectification of wills and/or trust deeds; family provision claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 for all categories of applicant including spouses, cohabitees, dependants and children; professional negligence claims arising from defective trust instruments and wills, or poor legal, investment or tax advice; beneficial interests in properties (arising before and after death) including proprietary estoppel claims; and statutory wills and Court of Protection matters concerning financial abuse.
Gavin is recognised for consistently high-quality work and positive client feedback, and is highly regarded amongst his peers. He formerly led a national contentious trust and probate team and regularly receives referrals from other specialist lawyers and professionals based nationally, as well as regionally.
Gavin also acts as an independent administrator and/or court appointed personal representative and trustee in disputed estates and trusts, and is also regularly instructed as a mediator by other solicitors and barristers. He regularly delivers training and education to legal and non-legal professionals, bodies and intermediaries, and has lectured for Central Law Training and Simon Gore Consulting.
Gavin is a full member of ACTAPS and co-founded the Central ACTAPS Group. He is a full member of SFE, an affiliate member of STEP, holds the STEP Advanced Certificate in Trust Disputes and sits on the Birmingham Branch STEP Committee. He is also a member of the Birmingham Law Society Private Client Committee and a Governor of Hallfield School.
Specialist areas of expertise:
- Validity challenges to wills and lifetime gifts on the basis of lack of capacity, undue influence or lack of knowledge and approval
- Inheritance Act claims
- Trust disputes
- Professional negligence
- Disputed attorney/ deputy appointments
- Financial Abuse
- Mediation and other forms of ADR