Irwin Mitchell’s specialist will disputes team adds four solicitors as growth continues

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15 September 2015

Gavin Faber and Doug Houghton from Irwin Mitchell's Will Trust and Estate Disputes Team

Gavin Faber and Doug Houghton from Irwin Mitchell’s Will Trust and Estate Disputes Team

National law firm Irwin Mitchell’s fast growing Will, Trust and Estate Disputes team has been bolstered with two new recruits in its Sheffield and Birmingham offices with two trainees also qualifying into the team this month.

The Irwin Mitchell team, which is the largest team outside London specialising in helping people and organisations with their problems relating to contesting a will or trust, was ranked number one in the recent independent Legal 500 guide and has also recently been recognized by the Yorkshire Legal Awards.

Doug Houghton, has joined Irwin Mitchell’s Birmingham office as an Associate Solicitor from Higgs & Sons and is a well-regarded dispute resolution expert specialising in a wide range of trust and probate disputes.  Doug is a full member of the Association of Contested Trusts and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS).  He will be working with Partner Gavin Faber who joined the team last year.

Solicitor Carla Rist also joins Irwin Mitchell in the Sheffield office from hlw Keeble Hawsons where she has built up a reputation in dealing with contentious probate matters. Carla is an Associate member of ACTAPS.

Trainee solicitors Liam Brooke and Ashleigh Carr have also qualified into the team this month in the Sheffield and Leeds office respectively.

Partner and head of Irwin Mitchell’s Will, Trust and Estates Dispute team Paula Myers said: “Doug and Carla are both experienced lawyers within this specialist field of law and their appointment enables us to grow our national Will, Trust and Estate Disputes offering.

“We are a fast-growing team and have been ranked number one in the recent independent Legal 500 guide and we look forward to being able to help more individuals and organisations with their will disputes and trust disputes.

“Dealing with wills disputes requires a sensitive but determined approach and both Doug, Carla and the other two new solicitors share our values in putting the clients’ needs first as we seek to resolve their problems.”

Doug added: “I’m delighted to join Irwin Mitchell which has developed an excellent reputation for their work in helping people involved in disputes regarding wills, trust and estates.

“There is strong national team already in place and I am looking forward to getting started with the team in the Birmingham and using the extensive resources at my disposal to help more people to solve their contentious probate and trust issues.”

Carla said: “This is a great opportunity to join a national firm and work with the backing of a very strong wills disputes team.  Irwin Mitchell is the number one firm for this area of law in Yorkshire and I’m excited by the prospect of working with their support to help my clients as they go through a difficult period in their lives.”


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