We are one of few firms outside London to have a dedicated full-time contentious probate team. Although this is a complex and specialist area of law we have a strong track record of providing of achieving the right outcomes for our clients. Our team is able to advise you in clear terms with minimal jargon.

We appreciate that the dispute may be emotionally involved for you and we are therefore committed to resolving your matter as quickly and as cost-effectively as possible. We find that by tackling issues head on a significant proportion of cases can be settled without needing to involve the Courts, which reduces expense and stress.

Our experience has shown that it is usually possible to resolve a dispute without the need to take it to trial. Our key focus is to act speedily and add value to your position at all times to resolve the problem or issue you have.

We can help you

  • challenge the validity of a will – for instance the will was forged, there was a lack of capacity or the deceased was a victim of undue influence
  • bring a claim against an estate for financial provision under the Inheritance Act 1975
  • defend a claim brought against the estate where I am a beneficiary or Administrator
  • remove an Executor or Trustee
  • bring a claim for professional negligence
  • bring a claim for breach of trust
  • enforce a promise made to me by a deceased relative
  • receive advice about my role as Administrator of an estate
  • enter or remove a caveat


Kevin Lynch, Contentious Probate, The Wilkes Partnership, Birmingham Solicitors Birmingham
Kevin Lynch

Partner, Contentious Probate & Property Litigation

Andrew Hasnip, Private Client The Wilkes Partnership, Birmingham Solicitor
Andrew Hasnip

Partner, Private Client

Jack Ackrill
Jack Ackrill

Solicitor, Will Disputes & Contentious Probate

What our clients say

  • ‘This is an innovative and forward-thinking team, with high-quality lawyers who are interested in practical solutions. There is clearly some dynamic leadership in the personage of Kevin Lynch. He understands client objectives. Jack Ackrill: up-and-coming associate.’

    - Client Feedback - The Legal 500 2021

  • ‘The Wilkes Partnership stands out in the field of contentious trusts and probate for the dedication of the team and the diligence with which each of its members runs a case. The client’s needs are always paramount at Wilkes and the team will always go the extra mile to ensure that a truly excellent service is provided‘.

    - Client Feedback - The Legal 500 2021

  • ‘Kevin Lynch is an experienced litigator with an excellent eye to the tactical advantage. His experience and sharp instincts make him an asset in any litigation’. Jack Ackrill is an extremely clever and dedicated up-and-coming solicitor. He has an excellent eye for detail and approaches each case with dedication and diligence‘.

    - Client Feedback - The Legal 500 2021

  • ‘I was immensely impressed with Kevin Lynch and Jack Ackrill, they conduct themselves at all times with empathy and understanding. I feel that both have the “Get things done” attitude, which I greatly admire’.

    - Client Feedback - The Legal 500 2021

  • ‘Kevin Lynch is a very savvy operator with strong tactical awareness in dealing with litigation. Jack Ackrill also applies the same principles‘.

    - Client Feedback - The Legal 500 2021

  • ‘Kevin Lynch explains complex situations well and provides solutions‘.

    - Client Feedback - The Legal 500 2021

Business Continuity Update – COVID-19

February 2021


To our valued clients and partners,

As the impact of COVID-19 continues to evolve we wanted to take the time to reassure you of the actions we are taking to protect our clients, colleagues and our wider communities, whilst working to maintain our services to you at this time.

Our commitment to you

We are open for business and will continue to provide you with the best service we can in the safest way possible. In line with Government guidance we will be limiting face-to-face contact as much as possible. We are able to facilitate all client appointments by either video or conference call to suit your needs.

If you have any queries please contact your usual legal advisor to discuss appointment options.

Our staff are set up and ready to respond to you as usual. We are working hard to mitigate any disruptions, and will continue to provide you with the legal service and advice you need, delivered with the high-level of service you have come to expect from Wilkes.

If you do experience a slight delay in hearing back from us, please bear with us. We will be in touch.

If you have a general enquiry please call us on 0121 233 4333 or email us at law@wilkes.co.uk or contact you usual legal advisor.

Thank you for your patience during these unprecedented times. We look forward to returning to normal, with a handshake, as soon as possible.

The Wilkes Partnership Solicitors

Birmingham – 0121 233 4333  Solihull – 0121 733 8000

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