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Sarah Lee, Senior Associate at Penningtons Manches


Sarah is a partner in the private client team in Basingstoke. 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 Act 1975 claims.

Sarah's non-contentious practice includes complex probate issues, powers of attorney, 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."

Recent work highlights

  • Acting for a widow in defence of a validity claim against her husband’s will. Successfully defeated the claim and negotiated the appointment of the entire estate held on discretionary trusts to our client.
  • Negotiating settlements in 1975 Act Claims, as both defendant and claimant, using both formal mediation and inter-party correspondence to enable clients to avoid costly litigation and progress the administration in the interest of all parties.
  • Obtaining grants of administration in complex family set-ups including those with residential orders, guardianship orders and adoption orders in place.
  • Making a successful claim against the executor of a family estate for inter-family loans.
  • Bringing and winning a judicial review of a funding decision made by the Legal Services Commission.

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