John Melville-Smith


John is a member of the Dispute Resolution Team with particular experience in challenges to wills, contested probate and inheritance disputes, commercial partnership and contract disputes, insolvency and debt recovery.

John is a member of the Association of Contentious Trusts and Probate Specialists.

Listed in The Legal 500 as "a very safe pair of hands".

Recent Experience

  • Challenging a homemade will made by the deceased leaving her estate to her occasional gardener six months after another, professionally-prepared one, leaving it to her closest friend
  • Acting for the sole executrix of the estate of the deceased, who died leaving wills in England and India
  • Defending a partner in a defunct property development partnership. Successfully proving that the partnership had been loss-making with the result that no sums were due to the ex-partner and obtaining indemnity costs for the whole action
  • Acting for a major mortgage lender seeking judgment for the account shortfalls post-sale and defending allegations of undervalue sales

Reported Cases

  • Bradshaw v Hardcastle [2002] All ER (D) 219 (Nov)
  • Ashkettle v Gwinnett [2013] EWHC 2125


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Dispute Resolution
John Melville-Smith

Dispute Resolution

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