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Naomi O’Higgins is a tiger, and simply a force to behold at the negotiating table. She has Magic Circle partners cowering behind their desks!

Legal 500 2022
About

Naomi O'Higgins is an expert in trusts and estates disputes, as well as, Court of Protection work. Much of her caseload has an international element.

Naomi is Head of our Trusts and Estates Disputes practice. She supports clients across a range of trusts disputes including breach of trust claims and trustee/beneficiary disputes. She has particular experience of litigation with cross-border elements working with lawyers in offshore jurisdictions. She additionally advises on non-contentious trusts related applications.

She acts for clients on inheritance disputes including challenges to the validity of wills, removal of executors and claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.

Naomi works with clients on Court of Protection matters such as statutory wills, disputes regarding the appointments or actions of attorneys, as well as, other cases concerning people lacking capacity to manage their own affairs.

She is a private client solicitor who specialises in litigation. This means that she takes a practical and empathetic approach to advising clients facing difficult, often emotional, challenges.

Naomi works alongside colleagues in the firm's Private Client and Family teams on complex multi-jurisdictional issues. She has litigated in a number of foreign/offshore jurisdictions including, the Channel Islands, the Cayman Islands, the British Virgin Islands, the Bahamas and Switzerland and has excellent relationships with firms in those and the other major offshore jurisdictions.

Naomi is a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and  the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS).

She is dual qualified having been admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in Ireland in 2017.

Recent work
  • Acted for trustees in connection with an application for the blessing of the settlement of a long running trust dispute.
  • Acted for a party to complex, high value Court of Protection proceedings.
  • Advised executors of a recently deceased wealthy individual in connection with potential claims pursuant to the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 ('the 1975 Act').
  • Advised high-net-worth individuals in connection with their interests in a valuable and complex offshore trust structure.
  • Advising a number of residuary beneficiaries of high-value estates in connection with challenges to the validity of the wills on various alleged grounds including lack of testamentary capacity, undue influence and want of knowledge and approval.
  • Advised charitable trustees, the residuary beneficiaries of  the estate of a high-profile musician, in connection with the compromise of a claim pursuant to the 1975 Act.
  • Advised trustees of an offshore trust structure regarding potential attacks to the structure.
  • Advised the father to a party to a divorce in connection with his role in his child’s divorce as settlor of various family trusts.
Accolades
  • Ranked, Private Wealth Disputes, Chambers HNW 2022
  • "She's just got an incredibly good reputation in the market and is a safe pair of hands. I trust her judgement." Chambers HNW 2022
  • "Naomi is tenacious. She knows what she is doing and is very capable." Chambers HNW 2022
  • Listed as Leading Individual, Private client: Contentious Trusts and Probate, Legal 500 2022
  • "Naomi O’Higgins is a tiger, and simply a force to behold at the negotiating table." Legal 500 2022
  • "Naomi O’Higgins is remarkably thorough and persistent, perhaps the most important quality in contentious private client work." Legal 500 2022
  • Ranked, Private Wealth Disputes, Chambers HNW 2021
  • "She is sublimely intelligent and very, very dedicated to clients." Chambers HNW 2021
  • "She is very responsive, good at seeing the nuances in a case, and is very good at predicting what the other side will do so that she can get the best outcome for the client." Chambers HNW 2021
  • Listed as a Leading Individual, Private client: Contentious Trusts and Probate, Legal 500 2021
  • "Naomi O’Higgins has the full package. She has the ability to empathise with a client and realise what they would want to achieve and yet has the skills of a tough litigator." Legal 500 2021
  • "Naomi O’Higgins is a robust litigator." Legal 500 2021
Did you know

Naomi is a distant descendant of the liberator of Chile, Bernardo O'Higgins, and follows the fortunes of the Chilean football team, O'Higgins FC, from afar! Closer to home, she supports Arsenal FC.

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