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Contentious probate and trust disputes

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The defining feature of the Penningtons Manches Cooper contentious trusts and probate practice is its user-friendliness. Penningtons Manches Cooper take great pains to ensure that the client is kept informed at all stages, and the lawyers are experts at navigating the client through what even to fellow lawyers might appear to be a highly complex process. Mike Cash leads the team to great effect. A disarmingly understated exterior conceals a first-class tactical brain, and an ability to cut through the undergrowth to identify the key issues.

Michael Cash is a giant of the contentious private client world. His experience and calm approach are deeply impressive, the service he offers clients is superb and he is a delight to work with.

Sarah Lee is a very bright and tenacious litigator. She intelligently plays to the strengths of the client’s case, while fully alive to any weaknesses.

Ruth Giddings is a junior associate who has recently joined the team and has already made herself invaluable in a lot of trust litigation.

The Legal 500 - 2021 edition


Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP has a strong team with Michael Cash at the helm. Cash specialises in domestic and international trust and estate litigation as well as breach of trust claims, administration of estate claims and claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependant) Act 1975. Henrietta Mason is well-regarded for her work for UK and overseas private individuals and charity clients. Newly-promoted partner Sarah Lee advises on a broad range of trust and estate litigation including breach of trust claims and administration disputes. The agile team routinely handles complex cross-border claims. It is one to watch.

The Legal 500 - 2020 edition


Penningtons Manches LLP fields an ‘incredibly responsive and super personable team that is always looking for the most cost-effective way to achieve the best result’. Head of team Michael Cash has an ‘excellent mix of experience, knowledge and practical common sense’. Newly promoted partner Henrietta Mason ‘stays calm even in the face of the worst adversity and is technically excellent. She is a very effective lawyer who attracts good work and will surely flourish as a partner’. Senior associate Sarah Lee ‘works tirelessly and is a fearsome advocate’.

The Legal 500 - 2019 edition


Michael Cash  is described as ‘one of the go-to names in this area,’ while another interviewee identifies him as ‘an excellent lawyer and a great tactician.’ He concentrates on assisting clients with domestic and international trust and estate litigation, including will disputes, Inheritance Act 1975 claims, breach of trust claims and matters concerning the administration of estates.

Chambers UK - 2017 edition



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