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 is a member of The Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS); the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) (and the STEP Contentious Trust and Estate Special Interest Group). He is chair of the Private Trusts Committee 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 recognised as a Prominent Figure in Contentious Trusts in the Citywealth Leaders List 2016.
Neil has been recognised as a 'Leading Individual' in London in the Chambers High Net Worth guide which focuses specifically on the international private wealth market.
“Clever, conscientious, hard-working and empathic. He is completely commercially minded."
"He is extremely good, I rate him very highly. He has excellent judgement and a very nice manner with clients. He is technically strong and I have a lot of time for him. He is very approachable, he is a very nice guy."
“Notable practitioner Neil Long ‘is very user-friendly,’ say clients; ‘he has a good grasp of the issues, and is very straightforward and a pleasure to deal with.’ He frequently handles disputes involving beneficiaries and a range of probate claims.”
“Neil Long has a great deal of charm and combines this with a thorough knowledge of his area and a keen tactical awareness.”
"A popular figure in the market."
"Knows how to handle tough disputes."
"He has got really in-depth knowledge of the law and of dealing with complex private client issues."
"He is very good at looking at the big picture."
"He is doing very well running the team in London. He is a good solid player and I wouldn't hesitate to send work to him."
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.