Start Point Law Limited provides professional expert advice to ensure that your wishes are recorded and carried out following your death. We will guide you through your options, prepare all necessary legal documents to appoint who you want to look after you and carry out your wishes, and distribute your wealth in the manner that you choose.
Sometimes things can go wrong after someone dies, either because they did not make a Will or because there is concern that the documents that were drafted are invalid. If you are involved in a dispute that relates to an estate, inheritance or trust, or you want to contest the validity of a Will we will provide specialist advice to assist you to resolve the dispute.
I have specialised in dispute resolution since qualifying as a solicitor in 2003. My areas of expertise are contentious probate and property litigation claims. I have experience with a wide range of contentious probate matters including Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act claims, challenges to the validity of Wills, disputes with attorneys and disputes with trustees.
My property litigation experience includes disputes over the ownership of property and assets including proprietary estoppel and TOLATA claims where there may not be any documentary evidence of ownership. I have assisted clients to find resolution to boundary disputes, breaches of covenant, adverse possession claims and many different aspects of landlord and tenant matters including recovering possession of both residential and commercial properties.
Whilst there is a large variety in the subject matter of the dispute my approach is always to ensure that I understand my clients’ specific concerns and their preferred outcome from the outset, to help them to resolve the dispute as quickly, economically, and painlessly as possible.
I have expertise with claims in the small claims court, County Court and High Court, and have also represented clients in Tribunals including the first and second tier Property Tribunal. With a greater focus by the courts on alternative dispute resolution it is increasingly common for a dispute to be referred to mediation. All the mediations that I attended last year had a successful outcome with the dispute either settling on the day of the mediation or shortly afterwards.
Originally from the South East, I started my legal career in London. After moving to Devon in January 2004 I was employed for 9 years in the litigation department in Kitsons in Torquay before moving to head the litigation department at Bartons Solicitors in Kingsbridge in 2012.
I am passionate about my local community and volunteer as the Chairman of Kingsbridge Out of School Club (KOOSC) and as a director at Visit South Devon.
I also love running and I am particularly fond of running along the South West Coast Path whilst training to take part in long distance running events.
I have specialised for the last 14 years in administration of estates, Will drafting, lasting powers of attorney, inheritance tax advice, trusts and legal issues relating to older people, including advice on funding for long term care. I qualified as a solicitor in 2003 and have always practised in the West Country although my clients are spread across the globe.
I have dealt with estate administration ranging from the simple to the extremely complex involving multiple farms, businesses, international property and assets overseas.
I have assisted with many overseas estates where the deceased died outside the UK but had assets in the UK and the beneficiaries needed help releasing those assets. I have experience of resealing a commonwealth grant of probate or grant of letters of administration or obtaining a UK grant of probate to deal with the UK assets.
I regularly deal with negotiations with HM Revenue and Customs involving inheritance tax calculations, applications for agricultural property relief and business property relief.
I also specialise in advising individuals and families on a range of estate planning issues, including the mitigation of inheritance tax, succession of family assets, safeguarding family businesses for the next generation and the creation and use of trusts to manage and protect family wealth.
I draft and advise on property and finance lasting power of attorneys, and health and welfare lasting powers of attorneys. I specialise in applications to the Court of Protection for the appointment of a deputy for property and financial affairs where an individual is unable to look after their own affairs and does not have the mental capacity to make a lasting power of attorney.
I started my legal career in Exeter working for Ashfords Solicitors before moving firms to Everys for 6 years working in Honiton and Sidmouth. I spent a further 4 years working for Purely Probate in Somerset before moving back to Exeter to work for Michelmores.
I love swimming off our beautiful local beaches but I am also found in our local pool. I have a real passion for skiing and in my younger days qualified as a ski instructor.