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Irwin Mitchell to launch dedicated wills, trust and estate disputes team in Manchester

17/04/2018 News Team

2018 eprivateclient Top Law Firm Irwin Mitchell Private Wealth is to launch a new will, trust and estate disputes team in Manchester from 1 May. The new department will be headed up by senior associate Nazia Nawaz.

Ms Nawaz joined Irwin Mitchell Private Wealth last year in Leeds and is making the permanent move to Manchester to build a new team in the North West.

Having qualified in 2003, Ms Nawaz is an experienced dispute resolution and litigation solicitor. She will be handling complex disputes between executors and trustees, contested wills and proprietary estoppel cases as well as disputes involving financial abuse and maladministration. She is also a member of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists.

“I worked in in the North West before I joined Irwin Mitchell Private Wealth and so it’s great to be moving back to Manchester to start building a new Will, Trust and Estate Disputes team here," Ms Nawaz commented. "This is a specialist area of law as disputes arising from estates and wills are usually highly emotionally charged and can create friction between family and friends. It requires a sensitive touch but it is important for clients to know that we are prepared to take their cases to the highest courts if necessary.

The law firm’s Manchester office has seen a number of changes in recent months. 2018 eprivateclient 50 Most Influential and national head of family, Ros Bever, was named regional managing partner for the office this month, taking over from Roy Beckett.

Irwin Mitchell’s Manchester office has also recently seen the arrival of three new Court of Protection partners, new corporate partners, Victoria Zivkovic and Adam Kaucher, and announced a move into new offices as it looks to grow the business in the city and the North-West.

Ms Bever said: “We are delighted to welcome Nazia and the Will, Trust and Estate Disputes team to the city. We have a great reputation for our legal work here and ambitions to become a large private wealth hub in the North West.

“As national head of family law, the team and I already worked closely with the national will, trust and estate disputes team. Having Nazia in Manchester will allow us to provide an even better and more personal service to our North West clients. We are always on the look-out for high-quality new recruits as we seek to grow our business.”

Paula Myers, Irwin Mitchell's national head of will, trust and estate disputes, added: “Our team is already ranked number one in several locations across the country and we are pleased that Nazia is going to be growing our team over in Manchester, enabling us to help resolve problems for even more clients in the North West.”

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