Contentious Trusts, Wills and Probate
Paul is a senior solicitor in Shulmans’ dispute resolution team.
Contentious trusts, wills and probate
Paul specialises in contentious trusts, wills and probate work involving a wide range of activities to include challenging a will to removing executors and acting for disappointed beneficiaries. He is a member of the Association of Contentious Trusts and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS) and was part of the team which won the prestigious ‘Yorkshire Lawyer Private Client of the Year’ award in 2012.
Paul also takes Deputyship appointments from the Court of Protection and reports to the Office of the Public Guardian. These appointments are mainly to control and prevent financial abuse of those who have lost capacity and can no longer deal with their own property and financial affairs. These appointments are only usually necessary if there is no Lasting Power of Attorney in place or an Attorney is abusing their position and not acting in the best interests of the patient.
Paul led the successful legal team in the Court of Appeal in the case of Booth v Booth & Others  after two lengthy High Court Chancery trials, which involved a validity challenge to a will with family members disputing entitlement to a farming estate.
Paul represents a national religious charity and is instructed to defend and settle challenges to bequests left by members of the congregation. These are usually Inheritance Provisions Act claims brought by disappointed adult children.
Paul also has a background in commercial and property litigation and has acted for a number of major insurance companies. He acted for the Co-operative Insurance Group (CIS) when he headed up the legal team which took the ground-breaking test case of Dimond v Lovell  to the House of Lords on behalf of the insurance industry, which resulted in a major curtailment of some of the worst excesses of the credit hire industry.
For the last 8 years Paul has been instructed on a regular basis by insurers, dealing with property damage claims to include fire, flood, subsidence and contaminated land.