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Sarah Lee, Senior Associate at Penningtons Manches


Sarah is a partner in the contentious private client team. She advises individuals on a broad range of contentious and non contentious private client matters. Her contentious practice includes trust and estate litigation, disputed wills, breach of trust claims, administration disputes, professional negligence and Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 claims.

Sarah's non-contentious practice encompasses complex probate issues, powers of attorney, residential property ownership and general issues relating to personal affairs.

Recognised in Chambers UK and The Legal 500, Sarah is described as a 'very proficient operator within her field' and 'very, very good with clients; she's sort of no-nonsense. She's very straightforward but has got that eye that you need to be a private client lawyer'.

The directories also note that she 'works tirelessly and is a fearsome advocateand that 'she attracts praise for her ability to think outside the box; an invaluable skill in estate work where personalities and/or the family dynamic can play a critical role'.

Recent work highlights

  • Obtaining a successful injunction and order for repatriation of a deceased person’s body to the US for burial in the contested case of Morigi & Others v Murphy.
  • Negotiating settlements in 1975 Act claims, as both defendant and claimant, using mediation and inter-party correspondence. Negotiated settlements enable clients to avoid costly litigation.
  • Advising on buy-outs of estate property by beneficiaries, enabling family homes to be retained and acrimonious administrations to be concluded.
  • Obtaining grants of administration in complex family set-ups, including those with residential orders, guardianship orders and adoption orders in place.
  • Acting on a successful judicial review of a funding decision made by the Legal Services Commission.

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