Kirsty Manley


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Kirsty Manley

Kirsty specialises in private wealth disputes, advising clients on all aspects of contentious trusts and probate.

Kirsty qualified as a solicitor in 2020, having trained at a local Surrey firm. She joined the private wealth disputes team at Stevens & Bolton in 2022.

Kirsty primarily acts for personal representatives, beneficiaries and trustees. She has experience advising on challenges to the validity of wills, claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 and claims for the removal of executors and trustees.

Recent highlights include:

  • Acting for children in defending their mother’s claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, against their father’s estate
  • Advising a disinherited beneficiary on the merits of their will validity challenge on the basis of lack of testamentary capacity and undue influence
  • Acting for beneficiaries in bringing a claim to remove the two executors of their mother’s estate and to replace them with an independent administrator
  • Advising a cohabiting partner on the merits of their claim under the Inheritance Act 1975 for financial provision from their partner’s estate
  • Acting for a creditor of an estate to pass over the deceased’s daughter and obtain a limited grant of representation to pursue a debt recovery claim
  • Advising two out of four beneficiaries of an estate in defending a will validity claim, on the basis of lack of knowledge and approval, undue influence, lack of testamentary capacity and forgery
  • Advising a beneficiary on their position as regards the executor propounding a photocopy of the Deceased’s will
  • Acting for executors in bringing a will rectification claim due to the will draftsman’s clerical error

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