Contested will, trust and estate legal advice

We advise across the whole range of estate and inheritance disputes for clients across England and Wales and internationally in the following areas:

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We offer a free, no-obligation initial consultation as well as flexible pricing options, tailored to your needs. Contact us for further information.


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Roman is a partner and head of the contested wills, trusts and estates team. He advises across the whole spectrum of private client litigation, with a particular focus on high value, complex and cross-border disputes including: trust disputes, breach of trust claims and applications to remove trustees; will disputes, particularly those with an international element; claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975; and claims for equitable relief under proprietary estoppel, constructive trusts and resulting trusts.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you offer free consultations?


Yes. We offer a free 20 minute telephone consultation.

Do you offer “no win, no fee” agreements?


In many cases we’re able to offer a range of flexible pricing options including “no win, no fee” agreements, fixed fees and deferred payment arrangements depending on each case.

Some cases may also be suitable for “After the Event” insurance funding which provide cover for the cost of disbursements such as court and expert fees as well as protecting you from any potential adverse costs order.

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Why Hugh James?


We're a top 100, full-service law firm with offices in England and Wales.  Our team of solicitors has over 50 years’ experience in contesting wills and defending will disputes and is top ranked by both Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners, the leading legal directories, with a number our solicitors being ranked as leading individuals. 

Our solicitors have also gained specific industry accreditations through STEP (formerly the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners), ACTAPS (the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists) and Solicitors for the Elderly.


  • Top ranked in Legal 500 and Chambers
  • Members of ACTAPS (Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists)
  • Members of STEP, the gold standard for private client lawyers
  • Charity Law Association members
  • Institute of Legacy Management members
  • Solicitors for the Elderly members

Client case study

Watch one of our clients speak about her challenge to her uncle's will and how Hugh James were able to help. Click the video below to hear her story. 




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The ‘very commercial and hardworking’ Roman Kubiak … has a strong reputation for cross-jurisdictional trust and estates disputes, where ‘he is more than a match for leading lawyers in London-based firms’.

The Legal 500


Hugh James is ‘head and shoulders above the rest’ for contentious probate.

The Legal 500


Arguably the best Welsh firm for contentious trusts and probate matters',

The Legal 500


'A natural and dynamic leader', the 'very impressive' Roman Kubiak heads the firm's contested wills, trusts and estates team and is noted for his 'deep knowledge of estates and trusts law'.

The Legal 500

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