Emily Prout

Emily Prout

Senior Associate
Swindon 6 Drakes Meadow Penny Lane Swindon SN3 3LL
Bath 2 Queen Square Bath BA1 2HQ
Telephone 0179 341 2549

Senior Associate - Dispute Resolution

Emily is an experienced litigation solicitor and she leads our contentious probate team, dealing with a wide range of disputes arising following death, involving Wills, trusts and estates. For over 10 years, she has advised clients through a range of commercial and private client disputes. She specialises in cases involving large estates, and also deals with complicated issues surrounding power of attorneys and professional negligence.

As well as offering sound legal advice, Emily gets to know her clients and understand their concerns. She offers steadfast legal support and provides pragmatic solutions, often helping clients avoid court. Thanks to her understanding and sensitive approach, Emily was awarded Lawyer of the Year by the Gloucester and Wiltshire Law Society.

Private Client

Emily specialises in handling disputes concerning Wills and the estate administration process. She works with clients who feel unfairly left out of Wills, who are concerned about how attorneys have acted, and who do not feel the estate has been executed properly. Many of these disputes concern multi-million-pound estates and involve businesses that are still in operation or significant land interests. Emily has lots of experience in handling these complex cases and often collaborates with other teams and professionals to mitigate tax and land issues. With a strong track record of successful negotiation, Emily is skilled at alternative dispute resolution, particularly mediation. Emily is a member of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS).

Emily's relevant experience includes:

  • acting for a farmer, who was left an entire estate from a neighbour, to successfully negotiate a settlement with the deceased's estranged daughter in order to protect the land he had been working on for years and his business
  • successfully applying to the High Court to remove an executor who had not properly distributed a will more than 25 years after the death, which enabled us to distribute the multi-million-pound estate including a working brewery between beneficiaries
  • advising a client through mediation with a sibling, which concerned deciding what would happen to a business in a multi-million-pound estate with assets held in both South Africa and the UK

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