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.
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.
Private, commercial and third sector clients.
CAB duty solicitor.
Stephanie qualified as a solicitor in 1986, then became a partner in 1994 for Blake Morgan. She has a 1st in her LLB from the University of Bristol and has also gained a BCL from Oxford University.
- Associate member of ACTAP
- 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.
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.
An experienced litigator with a deep knowledge of the area (contentious trusts and probate) who gives clear and considered advice to clients.
Insights by Stephanie
We look at a case where a certified copy will has been admitted to probate, despite dispute over whether the original will had been revoked. In the case of Blyth...Read More
A recent Court of Appeal decision on inheritance disputes gives useful guidance for parties wishing to appeal a decision of a lower court regarding probate. The underlying dispute in McDonald...Read More