Finding that a Will contains unexpected terms or that the distribution of an estate under the Intestacy Rules results in unfairness, can be an upsetting experience.

We understand that the death of a loved one is a difficult time and problems with Wills add to the stress. That is why we work hard to support our clients throughout the process.

Our expert team have years of experience and specialised training in challenging Wills, negotiating settlements and, if necessary, resolving matters through the courts.

Your Blythe Liggins specialists will be able to work with you to resolve issues such as:-

The validity of a Will

A Will must be signed in the presence of two witness and can only be made by someone who has the necessary mental capacity.  If you have concerns over the validity of a Will perhaps because of the testator’s capacity or perhaps because you think someone influenced the testator in such a way that the Will did not reflect the testator’s true wishes then we can help you to challenge the Will.

Interpretation of Wills

Our team can help you in those times when clauses in wills could be interpreted in more than one way.

Challenging Wills

There are many reasons for challenging wills. You may have been left out of a Will contrary to your expectation or unfairly. The testator may have promised you he or she would leave you something and in reliance on that promise you may have acted to your detriment.

If you are a surviving spouse, child or dependent of the deceased you may be entitled to bring a claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975.

Disputes between beneficiaries and executors

Disputes can arise between executors, or between executors and beneficiaries regarding the manner in which the estate is being administered. Whether you are a beneficiary or an executor, we will be able to help you.

Court appointed Deputies

If someone you care about lacks the capacity to make decisions by themselves, you may find yourself in the position of having to act on their behalf. Blythe Liggins can help you apply to the Court of Protection to become a Court appointed Deputy for that person.

In these situations it can be hard to find the right thing to say, so let us do the talking. Contact our specialists today.

Lasting Power of Attorney Disputes

An Attorney has the authority to use the donor’s money to pay the donor’s bills and liabilities. This can cause problems when the Attorney misuses that authority. We can help if you become aware of such misuse and are concerned for the donor.

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Meet the Dispute Resolution Team


Richard Thornton

Richard Thornton

Richard became a Partner at Blythe Liggins in 1984 and since 2008 he has been joint Senior Partner. Richard specialises in dispute resolution and has experience in running cases from the County Court to the Court of Appeal. Richard brings a calm, outcome-focused approach to disputes drawing on a wealth of contacts when necessary.

Richard is an accredited mediator and welcomes instructions to mediate both from lawyers and directly from businesses and individuals. Richard is a passionate believer in the benefits of mediation and is always willing to go the extra length to achieve a settlement.

Richard can help you with a wide range of issues including:

  • Contentious probate claims
  • Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act claims
  • Professional negligence claims (including claims against solicitors, financial advisers, insolvency practitioners and surveyors)
  • Contract disputes
  • Breach of restrictive covenants
  • Estate Agency issues (Richard acts for National Federation of Property Professionals)
  • Equine disputes

Richard is an active member of Moreton Morrell Real Tennis Court Club and has served on committees at Leamington Cricket Club and Warwick Boat Club. He is Chairman of two local charities.

Get in touch with Richard to find out if he can help you with your dispute resolution or mediation queries.

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Darryl Barnes

Darryl Barnes

Darryl joined Blythe Liggins more than 30 years ago and is a key member of the Dispute Resolution team. Darryl has wide experience acting in the County Court, High Court and Court of Appeal. He has a comprehensive knowledge of the procedural rules of litigation. Like the rest of the team, Darryl has considerable experience representing both Claimants and Defendants at mediation.

Darryl will provide you with steady, sound and practical legal advice that will enable you to resolve your dispute on the best possible terms.

Darryl can help you with a wide range of issues including:

  • Contract disputes
  • Professional negligence claims
  • Breach of duty claims against local authorities and government departments
  • Sale of goods claims
  • Mediation
  • Debt recovery and claims for unpaid fees
  • Boundary and party wall disputes
  • Landlord and tenant claims
  • Contentious insolvency matters
  • Estate agency issues
  • Breach of warranty claims

Darryl is a keen motor racing fan and has been known to participate (frequently poorly) in the office long alley skittles team. He can also be found out and about canal and country walking throughout the Midlands and beyond.

Get in touch to find out how Darryl can help you.

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Jacqui Deeming

Jacqui Deeming

Jacqui has worked in the County Court process for over 20 years and has extensive knowledge of the system. Jacqui specialises in the recovery of commercial and consumer debt acting for both large businesses and private individuals.  Jacqui is tenacious in her work and her advice is always commercially sound.

Jacqui brings a calm efficiency to her work and focuses on getting her clients the result they are after.

Jacqui can help you with a wide range of issues including:

  • Debt recovery
  • Return of goods
  • Property re-possession
  • Rent recovery actions
  • Tracing assets where there have been attempts to hide them
  • Enforcement of Judgments

Jacqui is passionate about the countryside and horses. In her spare time Jacqui has competed in most equestrian disciplines, including dressage, show jumping and eventing.

Get in touch to find out how Jacqui can help you.

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Philip Morris

Philip Morris

Philip started his legal career in 1978 and worked with some of the best known firms in the Warwickshire area before joining Blythe Liggins in the summer of 2009.

Philip has wide experience acting in the County and High Court. He has a comprehensive knowledge of the Civil Procedure Rules and prides himself on his detailed analysis and attention to detail.

Philip can help you with a wide range of issues including:

  • Contentious probate claims
  • Claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975
  • Professional negligence claims (including in relation to solicitors, barristers, accountants, insolvency practitioners and vets)
  • Commercial Contract disputes
  • Property disputes
  • Residential and commercial tenancy disputes
  • Intellectual property disputes
  • Insolvency claims and disputes
  • Equine Law

Philip enjoys the outdoors, wandering in fields and clambering up rocky fellsides and has a keen interest in photography. Philip enjoys a quiet pint and reading biographies of medieval monarchs. 

Get in touch with Philip to find out if he can help you.

Call 01926884727 Email pm@blytheliggins.co.uk Download vCard

Christopher Bowen

Christopher Bowen

Christopher has been with Blythe Liggins since October 2013, when he started at the firm working in the residential conveyancing department.

Christopher is a Solicitor in the Dispute Resolution Department.

Christopher read History at Sheffield Hallam University before he embarked on his legal career and completed his Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course (whilst working for Blythe Liggins) at the University of Law in Birmingham.

In his spare time, Christopher enjoys playing badminton, cycling and skiing and has a keen interest in history.

Christopher also enjoys culinary pursuits involving eating out and experimenting in the kitchen having completed a butchery course.

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