Specialist in Disputed Wills, Trusts and Inheritance
Tel: 07534 581443
Tara qualified as a Solicitor in 2001. She was a Partner in Gardner Leader LLP before moving to Shoosmiths LLP in 2017 where she managed its southern Disputed Wills and Trusts Team.
Tara advises high net worth and high profile individuals as well as trustees, not for profit organisations and charities. Tara specialises in all types of contentious probate matters including; trust disputes, will challenges and claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975. Tara also has experience in property disputes arising from estates such as proprietary estoppel and Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act.
She has acted on a number of reported cases the most notable of which are: acting for the trustees in the high-profile case of Brooke v Purton & ORS (2014) EWHC 547 (Ch), which was the first case to be decided since Marley v Rawlings (2013), involving the rectification of wills; and acting for the claimant in the equally high profile and widely reported case of Elliott –v- Simmonds (2016) EWHC 962 (Ch), which resulted in a change to the decision on costs in passive defence claims. More recently, Tara acted in the unreported case of Rochford v Rochford involving an adult child claim under the Inheritance Act.
Tara is a full member of ACTAPS (Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists).
She is also a PDSL accredited and International Mediation Institute (IMI) qualified mediator and is able to act as mediator in either contentious probate or civil litigation matters.
A “stand-out individual”
A “real star in the contested probate world, approaching cases with the perfect blend of empathy, legal knowledge, and commerciality"
A “superb lawyer, matching high-quality advice with good client empathy and a pragmatic approach to litigation.”
Tara is an excellent, pragmatic solicitor with a keen eye for detail. She grasps factual and legal disputes very well and her advice to clients is always commercially practical.
Chambers, High Net Worth, 2022