Wills and probate content review group

The content review group is responsible for quality assuring Gazette wills and probate content. This site's resources are designed to inform and to provide talking points, and should not be taken as constituting advice of any kind.

We'd like to thank the review group members for their help in quality assuring and contributing to the development of our bank of resources.

Ben Davies

Ben Davies

Ben Davies is an established private client solicitor and associate member of Prince Evans Solicitors LLP who heads their wills, trusts and probate team.

Ben has a wealth of technical knowledge and practical experience in handling a wide variety of prolific private client matters, and is a professional who recognises the utmost importance of providing exceptional standards of client care.

As a commercially-focussed solicitor, Ben is also an affiliate of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), as well as a web, marketing and social media executive of his firm.

George Lyall

George Lyall

George has 30 years’ experience in providing advice to individuals, their businesses and trusts.

George qualified as a Scottish solicitor and worked as a court lawyer. He joined Ernst and Young in 1985. There, he qualified as a chartered accountant and worked as a senior tax manager. George joined Dickinson Dees (now Womble Bond Dickinson) in 1994 (re-qualifying as an English lawyer) and became a partner in 1997.

George has particular experience in capital tax planning. He acts as a trustee of clients’ private and charitable settlements and as an executor of a number of deceased’s estates. He is a worldwide board director of STEP. 

Kerry Morgan-Gould

Kerry Morgan-Gould

Kerry is a legal director in the wills, trusts and estates disputes team at Ashfords LLP.

She advises private individuals, charities and trustees in relation to all matters arising out of contentious wills, trusts and estates. Kerry also advises clients in relation to contentious Court of Protection matters.

Kerry regularly delivers training on the latest developments in the sector and is an accomplished conference speaker.

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Katie Alsop

Katie Alsop is a senior associate in the contentious probate team at Wright Hassall LLP.

Katie specialises in contested wills, disputed estates and the removal and substitution of executors. She also advises on professional negligence claims, particularly in relation to the drafting of wills and the administration of estates.

With her agricultural background, Katie takes a keen interest in disputes with an agricultural aspect, in particular, proprietary estoppel claims. She has also been named as a 2018 ePrivateClient Top 35, Under 35 Private Client Practitioner.

Richard Guy Birketts

Richard Guy

Richard Guy is a Senior Associate at top tier regional firm Birketts LLP and specialises in Private Client work, advising on a wide range of matters including wills, estate planning, probate and the creation and administration of trusts. 

He acts for a variety of clients including high net worth individuals, retirees and farmers, and has a particular interest in working with business owners in this area of advice and planning. 

He was recognised as a "Rising Star" in the Legal 500 directory 2019/20 edition.