Matthew Evans

Partner, Head of Wealth Management Services

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matthew.evans@hughjames.com
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Matthew is a partner and Head of Wealth Management Services for the firm and is responsible for the development and long term strategy of the Wealth Management team.

Matthew is recognised in the legal directories for his expertise and reputation in the field of contentious probate and is a full member of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS).  He regularly receives instructions from a wide range of clients including lay beneficiaries, professional trustees and executors, company directors, charities,  financial institutions and trust corporations.

Expertise

  • Contesting a will/defending a will challenge
  • Inheritance Act claims
  • Contentious probate and estates
  • Trust disputes
  • Recovery of property and trust claims including proprietary estoppel and constructive trust claims
  • Contested Court of Protection matters – statutory wills, disputed deputyship and Power of Attorney applications

Career history

  • Qualified: 2003
  • Joined Hugh James: 2006
  • Associate at Hugh James: 2008
  • Senior Associate at Hugh James: 2010
  • Partner at Hugh James: 2012

Memberships

Experience

Matthew  has acted in several widely publicised cases including reported cases such as:

  • Re: Edwards [2007] EWHC 1119 (Ch) which involved a successful challenge to a will on the basis of undue influence and;
  • Iqbal v Ahmed [2011] EWCA Civ 900 a successful claim by a disinherited spouse against her husband’s estate by virtue of the Inheritance (Provision For Family And Dependants Act) 1975.
  • Davies & Another v Davies (2016) EWCA Civ 463 a successful claim founded in proprietary estoppel by a daughter against her parents for an interest in their farming business, based on assurances made to her, upon which she relied to her detriment.

Team head Matthew Evans attracts praise for his ‘incomparable knowledge of the law and tenacious approach to litigation’.
Legal 500 2017

The ‘astute’ Matthew Evans is ‘sensible and calm in the midst of highly heated litigation’.
Legal 500 2017

“He thinks very carefully about cases and knows exactly what’s involved. He has good balance and judgement on the basis of a case.”
Chambers UK 2017

‘Efficient and knowledgeable’ team head Matthew Evans has particular strength in contentious agricultural probate matters.
Legal 500, 2016

Matthew Evans deals exclusively with contentious probate issues. Sources say he“is extremely efficient and easy to deal with, and works very hard.”
Chambers UK 2015

 

What do you love most about your job?

Firstly, that no two cases are the same and, secondly, the wide array of people I get to meet.

What do you like to do outside work?

Attend gigs, read, spend time with my family.

 

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