This webinar will provide non-contentious probate practitioners with insight into contentious probate so that you know how best to avoid it and what to do if one of your clients or estates becomes contentious.

This webinar is inclusive to Private Client Section members and £54 to non-Section members.

The webinar will give an overview of the main challenges in probate disputes, including validity challenges and claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.

Our expert will help you to identify when disputes may be likely to arise, the steps you need to take to reduce the scope for such disputes, and how to bring them to an early resolution.

This webinar covers:

  • when a case is classed as contentious
  • common triggers for contentious action
  • validity challenges and 1975 Act claims, an overview of key principles and recent cases
  • the vulnerable testator - assessing capacity and susceptibility to undue influence
  • will preparation - tips to reduce the risk of challenge and mistakes to avoid
  • minimising the scope for disputes, including Larke v Nugus letters and responding to requests for information
  • case preparation and briefing contentious colleagues.

By attending this webinar, you’ll gain:

  • an enhanced ability to minimise contentious probate disputes and negligence claims
  • appreciation of the areas of risk and key tips
  • improved communications with contentious probate colleagues
  • awareness of the key grounds for challenging the disposal of a person’s estate
  • knowledge of current developments in the law.


Charlotte John, barrister, Hardwicke Chambers

Charlotte John was called to the Bar in 2008. She has a traditional  chancery practice, focusing on inheritance, probate and trust disputes, Court of Protection matters and property litigation.

She is ranked as a leading individual in Chambers in Partners, where she is praised for her encyclopaedic knowledge and her commitment to her cases.

SRA continuing competency codes

  • A2: Maintain the level of competence and legal knowledge needed to practise effectively
  • A4: Draw on a sufficient detailed knowledge and understanding of your field(s) of work and role

tavistock investments logo

Private Client Section supporter