Estate & Trust Disputes Team

MW are very proud to announce the arrival of Wendy Rixon to the Estate & Trust Dispute Team.

Wendy has many years of experience in all aspects of contentious probate work including challenging the validity of wills (on grounds of mental capacity, undue influence or otherwise), claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 and TOLATA (Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act) claims.

Wendy is also a member of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (CTAPS), a further recognition of her expertise in this often complex and specialist field

Examples of Wendy’s successes in the past have included an Estate worth £1.2 million, comprising a farm, and her successfully recovering 60% of the Estate, plus costs, for a spouse who had not been provided with reasonable financial provision from her husband’s Estate. She has even acted for a claimant alleging a Will had been forged (a difficult ground to succeed upon) and succeeded in overturning the Will at trial on that basis (leaving an earlier Will to be admitted to probate under which the claimant received 50% of the Estate).

On joining MW Wendy says

“I am excited to join MW’s Estate & Trust Dispute Team. I am looking forward to the challenges ahead and continuing to help those vulnerable clients who feel they may need a helping hand to rectify those injustices often arising on a loved one’s death”

Wendy joins MW’s rapidly expanding Estate & Trust Dispute Team which is headed up by Hayley Bundey in our Devon office. Working with her in Devon is Hayley Prideaux as well as Sharon Bell who is based in our Sevenoaks office. With further new starters due to join in the coming months the team is continuing to grow to meet the demands of their rapidly expanding client base and are ready and able to help callers with any queries they may have about their Estate or Trust Dispute.

We Can Help

At McMillan Williams, our mission is "to make quality legal services accessible to everyone" and our Specialist Estate & Trust Dispute Team can advise you on all aspects of Inheritance Claims and  Estate and Trust Disputes (including TOLATA – Trusts of Property - claims).

If you find yourself in a situation where you don’t know if you would have a claim against an Estate or in relation to a Trust or Property then our Specialist Estate & Trust Dispute Team can guide you through the process step by step and as quickly and painlessly as possible.

If you would like to take advantage of our FREE CASE REVIEW, call us today on 020 3551 8500 or email us at

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McMillan Williams Solicitors Limited are excited to announce that it has incorporated South London High Street Law Firm Ormerods with effect from 3rd October 2016. 

McMillan Williams CEO Colum Smith

“At McMillan Williams our mission is to “To make quality legal services accessible to everyone” and this acquisition further extends our capability and presence on the high street.
We welcome the Ormerods team into the MW Family who will complement our already strong team of specialist solicitors helping our clients to achieve pragmatic and affordable justice across all areas of consumer and commercial law.”

Ormerods Managing Partner Simon Cook

“We are looking forward to bringing our historic legal expertise to McMillan Williams.  Their reputation as a modern and forward thinking law firm combined with their extensive infrastructure will enable us to continue to provide excellent service to both existing and new clients alike.”

About McMillan Williams

McMillan Williams Solicitors Limited is a high street law practice with 24 offices across London, The South of England and Devon. Providing pragmatic legal solutions across a full range of consumer and commercial legal disciplines for over 30 years, MW employs over 200 Solicitors and Legal Executives with an annual turnover of £30M.

Note to Ormerods Clients

Ormerods Solicitors continues to trade but cannot undertake reserved legal activity and is not insured to do so.  Any complaint or undertaking you have from Ormerods should be sent to Ormerods at their continuing service address 45 Friends Road, Croydon, CR0 1ED

MW Solicitors Official Solicitors of Brighton & Hove Pride

On Saturday 6th August, the staff at MW Solicitors will join with 180,000 others in celebrating Brighton & Hove Pride.  We will march in solidarity and community fellowship in the Pride Parade which this year takes on an added significance, in commemorating the tragic loss of life at the Orlando bar shooting that took the lives of 49 innocent people and severely injured many more.

Challenging Attitudes

The Pride Parade has its roots in challenging social injustice, a march of protest, a march of solidarity and an annual demonstration of the determination of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer members of society who would not allow themselves to live in fear or suffer oppression.  The tragedy of the recent Orlando terrorist act is that it highlights that persecution and intolerant attitudes still exist and still need to be challenged.

Celebrating Diversity and Uniting Nations

So whilst the Pride Parade and the Festival in the Park, both of which we are taking part in, is rightly a celebration of LBGTQ life, it is also a reminder that there is still much work to do in this country and in many other countries in achieving equality and access to Justice for Everyone! 

This year we will be taking to the streets of Brighton in our open top Pride Parade Bus and we will have a stand in the community section of Preston Park, we have over 70 Volunteers already which is superb, We encourage you all to turn out, support Pride and wave us all on!

McMillan Williams are pleased to announce the following promotions with effect from 1st May 2016:      


Anton Osborne
Anton Osborne

Deputy Head of Legal Services

Anton has been promoted from Divisional Partner to Deputy Head of Legal Services joining David Hall in supporting Neil Perot with the running of the legal professional services arm of MWSL.

All 3 of the team have been at MW for many years, however Anton is the second Senior Member of the business (along with the CEO) to have trained at the firm.

We are immensely proud that Anton has achieved the promotion to this level in a record breaking short time.

Anton is responsible for all property related areas in the business in addition to assisting the CEO's Department containing the Legal Services Management Team.


Mark Stubberfield
Mark Stubberfield

Regional Partner for the Kent Region, Private Client, Sevenoaks


Neil Hayes
Neil Hayes

Property, Brighton

Nadine Shouler
Nadine Shouler

Property, Reigate

Vanessa Wake
Vanessa Wake

Property, Hove

Julia Stygal
Julia Stygal

Property, Wallington

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John-Paul MacNamara

Crime, New Addington

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Hayley Bundey

Contested Probate, Devon

Sharon Leanne Bell
Sharon Leanne Bell

Contested Probate, Sevenoaks

Justina Molloy
Justina Molloy

Personal Injury, London Bridge

Shimmee Wong
Shimmee Wong

Property, Guildford


Special Mention

A special mention to Neil Hayes who becomes the first person in MW history to be appointed to partner status having obtained his subject matter expertise purely from experience as opposed to having followed a more traditional academic pathway.  We are especially proud of the fact that our ABS status opens up opportunities such as these, which enable us to reward hard work, commitment, skill and expertise that is not necessarily founded on a formal legal training/qualification.

Partners at MW Solicitors

We use the word "Partner" to refer to the most senior individuals of McMillan Williams Solicitors Limited and its use in connection with the business of McMillan Williams Solicitors Limited should not be construed as an indication that any individual carries on business in Partnership with any other individual within the meaning of the Partnership Act 1890 or is personally liable to you or any other party for any acts or omissions.

Individuals named as Partners owe no personal obligations to you in either contract or tort.

Our team from MW Sevenoaks will be in attendance at the 2016 Sevenoaks Business Show at the STAG Theatre today from 10:00am till 2:00pm.

Our expert Solicitors are on hand to answer any of your legal questions such as Residential and Commercial property transactions, Commercial Dispute Resolution, Professional Negligence, Insolvency and debt collection, Challenging a Will or estate planning advice and Notary work.  We will also be showcasing our work as specialist Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Solicitor.

You can meet two of our Solicitors, Peter Williams and Mark Stubberfield who have recently been shortlisted for the Kent Law Society Awards 2016 in the respective categories of "Young Lawyer of The Year" and "Outstanding Achievement"

Don't be shy stop by Stand No. 6 and say hello.

MW Solicitors Stand at Sevenoaks Business Show

MW Solicitors Stand #9 at Sevenoaks Business Show

The Sevenoaks Business Show

The Sevenoaks Business Show is an annual event with fantastic talks and opportunities for business to business networking.  This year's event will be opened by The Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP and there will be three free talks at the House in the Basement Youth Café from 10:30am -12:30pm.

McMillan Williams are proud to announce that three of our Solicitors have been shortlisted for the Kent Law Society Awards 2016. 

Junior Lawyer of the Year Award

Peter Williams
Peter Williams
Associate Solicitor

Mark Stubberfield
Mark Stubberfield
Regional Partner, Head of Court of Protection

Caroline Landes
Caroline Landes
Partner, Family

Peter Williams

Peter qualified in 2013 and is an Associate Solicitor at MW Sevenoaks.  As one of our specialist property solicitors, Peter deals with all aspects of conveyancing for both residential and business clients.  He is an expert in all aspects of property transactions including Sales and purchase, mortgages and remortgages, Transfers of Equity, Leasehold transactions and extensions and deeds of variation.

Peter is also a keen networker and will be in attendance on the MW Stand at the 2016 Sevenoaks Business Show on 22 April 2016.

Outstanding Achievement Award

Mark Stubberfield

Mark qualified in 2006 and is a Partner and Head of both our Court of Protection Team and Private Client Team (Kent Region) based in MW Sevenoaks.  In 2015, Mark qualified as a Notary Public and he is also an accredited member of Solicitors for the Elderly.  He is a regular participant in the Free Wills schemes run by Age UK and Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice.

Mark is a consummate private client Solicitor and specialises in advising clients on Court of Protection, Wills, Estates, Trusts, Tax Planning and Power of Attorney issues.    

Caroline Landes

Caroline qualified in 1988 and is a partner and member of our specialist Family and Children Law team based at MW Bexleyheath.  Alongside Georgina Earle-Hutton she was a founding partner in the Bexleyheath firm Landes Hutton LLP, now part of MW Solicitors Ltd.  A long standing member of Resolution and previously Chair of the Bexley Community Legal Service Partnership, Caroline is accredited by the Law Society and is a member of both the Family Law Panel and the Children Law Panel.

Caroline assists clients in all aspects of family law including divorce, cohabitation disputes, injunctive relief and children disputes.  A trained and experienceed family mediator she offers couples going through separation with  constructive, sensitive and practical solutions and advice. 

Kent Law Society

The Kent Law Society was established in 1818, before the Law Society of England and Wales, and has a long and proud history.  The society has over 500 members comprising solicitors, fee earners and trainees who practise within the Kent County boundary.  The Society was formed to promote the best interests of its members in Kent and it promotes the careers of new and trainee lawyers starting to practice in the County.

The winners of the awards will be announced at the dinner following the AGM on 13th May 2016.


At McMillan Williams we like to share the success of our corporate relationships and are very proud to announce that on 18th February 2016, Karen Bach (founder of KalliKids) and Talan Skeels-Piggins (Founder of Talan Motorsport and The Bike Experience Charity), were installed as Freemen of the City Guild of Entrepreneurs by its Deputy Master and Alderman of the Ward of Tower, Sir Paul Judge, at an historic ceremony at Guildhall in the City of London.

Newly Installed Members of The Guild of Entrepreneurs
Newly Installed Members of The Guild of Entrepreneurs Karen Bach and Talan Skeels-Piggins
(Image Courtesy of The Guild of Entrepreneurs & Jonathan Cherry)


The Guild of Entrepreneurs

The Guild of Entrepreneurs is one of the newest City Guilds, founded in 2014.  MW's Charge d'affaires Nicola Manning is one of its founder members and a Court Assistant  (equivalent to its Board of Directors ).  It is made up of men and women who have invested their own money and time in setting up and running successful businesses.  Its aims are to:

  • promote excellence in the profession of Entrepreneurship
  • support the Lord Mayor, encourage the growth of the City and promote its full potential to Entrepreneurs and growth businesses
  • foster fellowship among entrepreneurs
  • give money and time for charitable works that support the development of Entrepreneurs and help to bring the opportunities of Entrepreneurship to young people.


The KalliKids goal is simple.  To give parents access to tried, tested and KalliKids approved activities. They check every last KalliKids provider, giving you complete piece of mind and inspiring activities for your kids. With so many trusted providers onboard, they offer something for everyone.

Find trusted children’s activities in your area today

MW and Kallikids Working Together

The KalliKids ethos of giving families information they can trust and opportunities inclusive to all, resonates with the core belief of MW Solicitors to make quality legal services accessible to everyone.

The foundation of both companies is firmly routed in giving you the best possible service with the most reliable information, whether it be attending your local nursery, to securing legal assistance for your family.

MW Solicitors and KalliKids work together to ensure your family has a trusted place to turn to when you need it most.

Talan Skeels-Piggins

Motivational speaker, winner of the 600cc paraplegic class at the Di. Di. World Bridgestone Cup, GB Paralympian and Founder of The Bike Experience.

At the start of 2003 Talan was an active PE Teacher and ex Royal Navy Lieutenant.  On March 8th 2003 he suffered a motorcycle accident, which shattered his back and fractured his neck in several places.  Initially just given 30% chance of survival and told to expect a hospital stay of 2 years, Talan was left paralysed from the chest down.  Eight days after the accident he set myself the goal of learning to ski, getting into the GB Team and competing at the 2010 Winter Paralympics.   This has since happened, and Talan is now part of the world’s first privately funded disabled race team. 

This truly remarkable team was thought up by Talan in 2011.  The team’s first solo race with the approval of the ACU was in 2012 with Club Thundersport.  Since then, the team has raced in Assen in a 3 hour endurance race as well as few select races in the UK.  2014 saw the team sponsored by McMillan Williams Solicitors Ltd and for the first time, race a full season with 3 national racing clubs.  Following on from the success of 2014, the team expanded for 2015 to include 2 new riders:  1 paraplegic and 1 above knee amputee.  With 2016 around the corner, watch this space for more exciting racing ahead!

You can find out more about the inspirational Talan Skeels-Piggins at


McMillan Williams are proud sponsors of the Brave Heart Hero Award at the Bath Chronicle Pride of Bath Awards 2016

Do You have a Brave Heart?

Pride of Bath Awards 2016Do you know someone who has overcome fear or faced danger to help others?

This special award will be given to an individual who has responded to an immediate need and significantly affected the life or lives of others.  This may be someone who has rescued a person from a dangerous situation or shown courage to help another in difficulty. This could also include someone who has bravely faced tragic or devastating personal circumstances and gone on to make a positive difference to the lives of others.

About The Pride of Bath Awards

We hear a lot about the big society these days, but our city has always been enhanced by people who think nothing of doing something for others. These awards are all about thanking them for what they do and giving them the credit they deserve.

The 8 categories of awards recognise those people who go above and beyond the call of duty, those who care for others and their communities and those who have been involved in remarkable acts of bravery.

The Awards ceremony takes place on the 14th April at Bath Racecourse.  Please show your support by following the event on Twitter and celebrate the Award Winners using the hashtag

Slater & Gordon, the heavily bankrolled new entrant to the UK legal services market who bought Quindell’s professional services arm in the UK for $1.3bnAUD one year ago, has now lost its newly appointed in-house counsel, Moana Weir, after two months.

The departure comes as Slater & Gordon have until the end of the week to assure its bankers that it has found a way to service its $741mAUD net-debt position.  This comes on the back of a $958mAUD 6 month loss reported in February, a 95% decrease in share price over 12 months, a write-down of the Quindell acquisition to almost nothing, and a glut of class-action lawsuits from investors related to bad acquisitions.

If Slater & Gordon are unable to find a way to reassure their financiers, their loans will fall payable within twelve months.

Slater & Gordon's high profile UK acquisitions include: Quindell Legal Services, Claims Direct, Fentons, Goodmans, Pannone, Pickering & Partners, Russell Jones & Walker, Taylor Vintners.

Read more from Jonathan Shapiro at the Sydney Morning Herald

Slater & Gordon Share Price: From $8 to $0.23 in 12 months (Yahoo Finance)

Today marks the launch of a new partnership between MW and children’s activity directory KalliKids. 

We have set up the MW KalliKids helpline to put KalliKids parents and providers in touch with a legal specialist as quickly and as easily as possible.  We will also be supporting KalliKids throughout the year on social media, at events and by contributing to their newsletters with legal articles.

You can find out more about how your family can benefit from MW and Kallikids working together on our MW KalliKids Parent Helpline page.

KalliKids Helpline - 020 3551 8255 - email -

All you have to do is phone our helpline on 020 3551 8255 or email us at quoting your KalliKids membership number to get access to one of our dedicated solicitors who are experts in a wide range of legal services. 

If you are thinking of moving house, making a will or perhaps you have a more serious legal issue such as a family matter, our team of experts are here to help. 

KalliKids Providers

Our solicitors are also experts in commercial issues such as bulk debt collection, corporate insolvency and media and entertainment law and we provide a full range of services to legal advice to business owners whether they are just starting out or are an established concern.  Find out more about how MW and KalliKids are Working Together to provide legal services to KalliKids Providers.

We accept calls from KalliKids providers and businesses, so if you want to discuss your legal issue with a professional, call us today on 020 3551 8255 or email

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