Stephanie Walls Partner
“Stephanie Walls is a specialist litigator with expertise in private wealth disputes and leads the team handling succession and trust disputes. She frequently acts for individuals in Inheritance Act and contentious trust claims. Her work for clients with business interests is bolstered by her wider commercial litigation practice.”
“Leading Individual, Stephanie has extensive experience of managing and advising in relation to all types of complex commercial disputes, representing clients at court proceedings and at alternative methods of dispute resolution such as mediation.”
Stephanie is a partner in the Thames Valley Litigation and Dispute Resolution team whose expertise spans succession and trust disputes and advising in relation to all types of complex commercial disputes.
Main areas of practice
Stephanie is a specialist contentious trusts and probate litigator, advising regularly in relation to disputes involving the validity of wills, the duties and obligations of personal representatives/trustees, Inheritance Act claims and trust disputes. She is an associate member of ACTAPS and named as a notable practitioner in Chambers & Partners High Net Worth 2018 guide. She represents clients in court proceedings and at alternative methods of dispute resolution, such as mediation and advises in relation to complex commercial contract and company law disputes. She also has expertise in judicial review and professional negligence claims.
- Brookes v Harris and anor (1995) (legal aid statutory charge/tools of trade).
- Buckingham & ors v Rycotewood College (2003) (disappointment damages for breach of contract to educate).
- Rickman v Brudenell-Bruce, Earl of Cardigan & Ford (2005) (implied term/consent under restrictive covenant not to be unreasonably withheld).
- The General Trading Company (Holdings) Ltd v Richmond Corporation Ltd (2008) (penalty clause).
Contentious Trusts and Probate
- Advising executors/trustees in connection with a discretionary trust and the exercise of their discretion in the face of an Inheritance act claim.
- Advising charities in relation to disputed charitable legacies.
- Advising in relation to claims under The Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.
- Advising in relation to the validity of trust dispositions.
- Advising in relation to potential professional negligence claims arising out of will drafting and/or the administration of estates/trusts.
- Advising in relation to claims based upon proprietary/promissory estoppel, constructive trusts and orders for sale under TOLATA.
- Advising a college of tertiary education in relation to a judicial review of a decision by its regulatory body withdrawing accreditation for a specific degree.
Health & Social Care
- Advising in relation to breach of contract claims and dispute resolution procedures, advising in relation to drafting of clauses within framework agreements.
Non Sector Specific
- Advising in relation to contractual interpretation and construction of vehicle service agreements for a major logistics company.
- Representing a regional police authority in connection with a claim against a former service provider for negligence in relation to its pensions provision.
- Representing a foreign security/terrorism prevention equipment company in defending a contractual dispute valued at c £4.3m by the former owners of part of the business.
Private, commercial and third sector clients.
“An experienced litigator with a deep knowledge of the area (contentious trusts and probate) who gives clear and considered advice to clients.”
“Sensible and practical.”
A recent High Court decision renders the use of standstill agreements as inappropriate for "out of time" Inheritance Act claims.
You know that you have been named as a beneficiary under a Will or are entitled under a relative's intestacy. After the initial emotions experienced in learning this news have bedded in, you feel that you have been waiting for ages to find out more.
Fraudulent calumny is fraudulent misrepresentation made about an individual to a testator, for the purpose of inducing the testator to exclude that individual from any benefit in his Will.
Articles by Stephanie
Stephanie Walls will be speaking at the St John's Chamber event - Contentious Probate Update. Stephanie will be discussing the latest Law Commission report on Wills.
Related Knowledge & Resources
A new mandatory disclosure pilot scheme has been operating in the Business and Property Courts since 1 January 2019 and will be in place for at least two years. We take a look in more detail.
Duty of full and frank disclosure: Wild Brain Family International Ltd v (1) Robson & (2) Chubb  EWHC 3163 (Ch)
In court proceedings injunctive relief may be granted to the claimant after successfully asserting a without notice application in circumstances where, for example, there is a case of extreme urgency or if there is a need for secrecy.
Merits of the underlying claim relevant in granting an interim injunction to enforce a restrictive covenant: Berry Recruitment Limited v Brooke Donovan
In this particular employment court case, the court had to rule on an interim injunction against a former employee for a possible breach of restrictive covenant. We explore in more detail.
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Blake Morgan provide a guide on Enduring Powers of Attorney.
Blake Morgan provide a summary guide on excluding people when making a Will.