Tom Deely is a solicitor specialising in trust and estate disputes. He acts for a range of clients on a variety of matters, including succession disputes, will challenges, and trust and administration disputes.
Tom is a Senior Associate in the Trusts and Estates Disputes team. He has extensive experience acting for a wide range of clients, from UHNW individuals to vulnerable clients and protected parties, both as claimants and defendants. He advises on a variety of complex matters including:
- Complex cross-border succession disputes, involving issues of foreign assets, domicile, residence and applicable law, and the often conflicting interaction of civil and common law jurisdictions.
- Will challenges and applications for rectification and construction of wills.
- Trust and estate administration disputes and applications to compel the production of estate or trust accounts, to falsify / challenge those accounts, as well as applications for Public Trustee v Cooper type “blessing” applications.
- Applications for the removal of trustees or personal representatives.
- Claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 including novel applications concerning cohabitants, minor children, spouses and persons being financially maintained by the Deceased.
Tom is a confident negotiator with significant experience of solicitor-led mediations and round-table meetings. Tom is a pragmatic and decisive litigator who prides himself on his technical knowledge and his client manner, ensuring that the client's needs are at the forefront of his advice.
Tom is a regular contributor to articles and publications is a member of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS) and ConTrA, a network for Contentious Trusts Associates.