Area of Expertise
- Dispute resolution
- Wills & inheritance disputes
I trained with a London firm and, upon qualification in 1996, stayed with the firm until I joined Moore Blatch in 2004. I became a partner in 2006.
I deal with all types of commercial disputes and have a great deal of experience in relation to contract disputes, and in particular, warranty claims and IT disputes. I also advise on claims against solicitors or other professionals who have been negligent.
I have acted in relation to a number of Intellectual Property disputes – copyright, patents, trade marks, passing off, and breach of confidence.
I also deal with disputes arising out of Wills, intestacy, and trusts. In particular, I advise in relation to claims against Executors/Trustees, Will validity disputes, and claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.
My clients want to know how they can achieve the best possible outcome. I give them plain-speaking advice on their options and the best way forward, and then support them through the process.
- Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists
- Professional Negligence Lawyers’ Association
Chambers UK 2014: "The team is well liked by clients. Strong in professional negligence, contentious trust work and disputes arising out of corporate transactions."
Legal 500 2013: "Team head Paul Whitaker is supported by Claire Haverfield and Mark Osgood, who are both noted for their professional negligence expertise."
- Acting for a claimant in a dispute between former family, friends and business associates concerning an equitable mortgage. Our client was successful at first instance, and in the Court of Appeal.
- Acting for a NASDAQ listed company, who was the claimant in proceedings for breach of warranty and fraudulent misrepresentation. The claim was for US$37.7m. The proceedings lasted 2 and a half years and necessitated the instruction of forensic computing and accounting experts before the parties settled after a successful mediation.
- Representing two respondent IT supply companies in an arbitration (with Lord Mustill as arbitrator) concerning issues surrounding the supply of software. The matter settled at mediation.
- Acting for claimants against solicitors who negligently drafted a share sale agreement. The case settled upon payment of a six-figure sum.
- Acting for a liquidator against former directors and former auditors of an insolvent company. The case settled upon joint payment by the defendants of a six-figure sum.
- Acting for a claimant against solicitors who failed to transfer a lease upon change of the claimant from a company to a trust. I resolved the problem, and then recovered the costs of doing so from the solicitors.
- Dealing with a patent action relating to a mudguard manufacturing process. After a 4 day trial our client (the defendant) was successful.
- Acting for a claimant in a copyright and breach of confidence action relating to cocoa crop forecast reports. The client won after a 2 day trial.
- Representing the defendant to a patent action relating to support for a buoyancy element around a subsea pipe. Our client won at first instance and in the Court of Appeal.
Wills, inheritance and trusts
- Defeating a challenge to the validity of my client's late mother's will (on the grounds of lack of testamentary capacity and undue influence) at an early stage in the court proceedings.
- Achieving a settlement without the need for court proceedings for a client who had a claim against her late husband's estate under the inheritance (provision for family and dependants) act 1975.
- Successfully applying on behalf of the deceased's children to remove an executor who had unreasonably delayed in administering the estate, and replace him with a partner in Moore Blatch so that the estate could be administered.
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