James Price

Heads of Trust and Probate Litigation Department  |  Stewarts

United Kingdom


Dispute resolution
Family business governance
Other, contentious trusts

Enhanced Q&A

What has been the highlight of your practice over the past 12 months?

We have had some great new instructions on high value matters over the last 12 months but I think my highlight has to be the nomination of Emma Holland as Star Associate and the team as Contentious Trusts and Estates Team of the Year at the Chambers HNW Awards. We went on to win the team award which only 4 years after I set the department up has been a real feather in our cap.

Where have you seen growth in your practice over the last year?

We’ve seen a notable increase in contentious probate matters and have brought in partner Geoff Kertesz, along with two additional associates, to add further strength and depth to this part of our practice. We have also seen a very significant growth in contested trust restructuring matters.

What is the main area of growth you predict for the next 12 months?

We predict continued growth in our involvement in large scale, international contentious trust restructuring, whether in the UK or as co-counsel with firms we know well and use in a number of offshore jurisdictions.

What do you think will be the biggest three challenges in your practice for the next 12 months?

Although Stewarts has significant experience in remote hearings (having dealt with the first fully remote trial back at the start of the first lockdown), my team is instructed on an offshore matter which will go to trial for 19 weeks in 2021. As there is a 12 hour time difference between the jurisdictions where most of the witnesses are and where the legal teams will be, I am anticipating some late nights, early mornings and other logistical challenges!!