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    Edward Stanley


    Head of Contentious Probate

    Professional Background:

    With a long background in Chancery litigation, spent chiefly with a major national law firm’s Manchester office, and at a Leeds city centre law firm, latterly as a partner, Ed joined up with Harrison Drury in 2014.  Ed has specialised in disputed wills, estates and trusts for over 15 years.  He also deals with non-contentious probate, particularly involving difficult estates, and the preparation of wills where there are complicated family structures.  Ed’s practice area is therefore entirely private client-based through which he is able to offer clients the benefit of his insight gained from his vast experience of both contentious and non-contentious matters.  He is head of contentious probate at Harrison Drury.

    Ed is passionate about pursuing his clients’ rights and is used to dealing with what are often highly sensitive issues with compassion whilst always focussed on the outcome his clients want him to achieve.

    Some of the types of claims he handles include:

    • The Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975
    • Validity of Wills
    • Lack of capacity
    • Breach of trust
    • Fraud and forgery
    • Lack of due execution
    • Financial mishandling/fraud by executors or trustees
    • Undue influence
    • Lack of knowledge and approval
    • Proprietary estoppel
    • Resulting and constructive trusts

    Ed is a partner of Harrison Drury and registered with the Solicitors Regulation Authority as a non-lawyer manager. He is an affiliate member of the Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners (STEP).  His Court of Appeal cases include:

    Taylors Industrial Flooring Ltd [1990] BCC 44

    Martin v. Browne and Another [2008] EWCA Civ 712

    Personal Interests:

    Away from the office, Ed enjoys time with his family. Cricket, hill walking, literature and music are among his interests





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