Nazia specialises in Contentious Trusts and Probate work. She advises and represents clients involved in all types of disputes relating to inheritance, probate and wills.
Her expertise is underlined by her credentials as a full member of ACTAPS (the Association of Contentious Trusts And Probate Specialists) and an affiliate Member of STEP ( Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners).
Nazia’s recent work recognitions include the following listings:
- Legal500 2024 ranked as Next Generation Partner
- Legal500 2023 ranked as Next Generation Partner
- Legal500 Northern Powerhouse Awards 2024 shortlisted – Private Client Lawyer of the Year
- Legal500 Northern Powerhouse Awards 2023 Shortlisted – Private Client Lawyer of the Year
Recent work highlights include:
- Nazia acted for the successful Claimant in the reported case of Garbutt v Garbutt . In this case she advised the surviving wife in relation to the estate of her late husband, in what was a stressful series of claims including how the will was to be interpreted as well as a claim for financial provision under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975. Nazia’s client not only succeeded in the claim but the court also ordered the opponent to pay her client’s costs on an indemnity basis.
- Nazia recently represented a client in a claim to challenge the validity of a will which excluded the client completely whilst benefiting his siblings. The Claim was brought on grounds of undue influence and lack of testamentary capacity where the testator was thought to be suffering from insane delusions at the time the will was signed. The case involved complex issues relating to a UK and US estate and was settled by negotiations, as a result of which Nazia’s client was able to secure a substantial 6 figure settlement.
- Inheritance Act claim by unmarried partner – Acting for a cohabitee of the Deceased who had been in an on-off relationship for over 26 years but had not lived in the same house for several years. The case involved complex legal arguments on the interpretation and application of the relevant sections of the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975 and the claim settled in favour of Nazia’s client, who secured an award equivalent to 50% of the value of the estate.
- Proprietary Estoppel Claim- Nazia represented the beneficiary of a will who was the wife of a deceased farmer, in a proprietary estoppel claim brought by one of the deceased’s children who claimed that the farming business and various parts of the farmland had been promised to him by the deceased. Nazia successfully defended the claim based on extensive historic evidence which was collated through rigorous investigations which proved that the deceased had already honoured any promises that were made to his son meaning that her client did not need to compromise on the inheritance she was left by her late husband.