Tom Howcroft

Partner, Contesting a Will

Tom Howcroft

My awards and achievements

Tom is the joint head of the Contentious Trusts and Probate Team. He acts for a range of clients including trustees, Executors, beneficiaries, in both bringing and defending a range of matters including:

  • Claims for reasonable financial provision pursuant to the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975;

  • Contesting the validity of a Will, for example on the basis of undue influence, lack of capacity, or lack of knowledge or approval of the terms of the Will;

  • Interpretation issues;

  • Breach of trust;

  • Trusts of Land and estoppel disputes.

Through conducting stern negotiations, mediations, Tom has successfully settled numerous high value and complex disputes on behalf of both claimant and defendant clients.Tom conducts advocacy at court, but also works with some of the best barristers in the country to deliver the highest standard of work, and achieve the best outcome for the client, often during a difficult time of their lives.Tom was recognised in 2021 within the Legal 500 publication as a 'Recommended Lawyer'.

Tom at Forbes was extremely good. He explained the complexity of the case, the chances of success and was always available for advice. Thanks to him we obtained an out of court settlement and righted a wrong, which is always a good thing. I could not be happier with Forbes.

Mr Mitchell

I would like to personally thank Tom Howcroft for his fantastic approach and support on my case, I would highly recommend him to anyone who may need help with a similar sensitive issue. He was professional but also had a personal and reassuring nature that made him very approachable and it really felt that he cared about his work. I felt he really went the extra mile in his service, and I hope that his manager can be passed this information for him to get the deserved recognition. Sincere thanks again.

Ms Reilly

Tom Howcroft is fantastic to work with, focused, and has a very commercial approach which is not easy to find in this area of law.

Legal 500

I used Forbes solicitors to help in a probate dispute and the help and advice I received from Tom was very informative and helpful the matter was resolved efficiently and as quickly as it could. A very highly professional company who I would not hesitate to recommend to anyone. Thank you for a very professional and friendly service.

Mrs Beetham

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