Experience

Examples of experience include advising:

  • A beneficiary and executor in successfully defeating a claim that the Will under which she benefited was forged, following a three-day High Court hearing. The client won on all points and successfully recovered her costs from the challenger
  • Acting as independent administrator in a high-value international estate which was subject to a claim by the deceased’s widow for additional financial provision
  • A solicitor in relation to an opposed application to be made deputy for a wealthy former client. The matter was hostile but a negotiation was reached, and litigation was avoided
  • The main beneficiary of a valuable estate where the professional executor was failing to administer the estate. Following negotiations, the executor agreed to stand aside and allow another solicitor to deal with the administration of the estate
  • A property developer in relation to a dispute with an executor over the exercise of pre-emption rights over a substantial London property.

The team is led by the ‘exceptionally knowledgeable‘ Neil Long, who is experienced in bringing and defending claims under the Inheritance Act 1975, as well as in matters such as contested Court of Protection applications.

'Neil Long is exceptionally effective, approachable and unassumingly clever'.

Legal 500 2020

Neil Long advises on complex private wealth disputes and is described as "very personable and very engaging." A market expert notes: "He is incredibly professional, very approachable and easy to work with," adding: "I would always recommend him."

Chambers HNW 2021

Neil is an experienced private client lawyer, with a particular specialism in trust and estate disputes. He advises individuals, families, charities and trustees about the validity of Wills and trust documents, undue influence, financial provision, mental capacity, interpretation and related matters. Neil has wide experience of negotiation, mediation and litigation, having conducted cases in the Family and Chancery Divisions of the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Court of Protection. He also maintains a non-contentious practice advising clients on wills, inheritance tax and the administration of complex UK and international estates and trusts.

Neil leads the firm's Private Capital Team, which is made up of more than 35 lawyers and other professionals operating from London, Bristol, Leeds, Newcastle and Edinburgh.

Neil is a member of The Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS) and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). He is President of The Association of Corporate Trustees (TACT) and regularly acts as executor, trustee and deputy (particularly as an independent professional in disputed cases).

Neil is consistently highly-ranked by Legal 500, Chambers HNW and Citywealth.