Lawyers’ Expertise Recognised By Respected Industry Association

East Midlands Solicitors ACTAPS
Kevin Modiri

Solicitors from our Inheritance Disputes team have become three of just 15 lawyers in the region to have achieved a prestigious industry accreditation – showcasing their wealth of experience in dealing with contentious trust and probate work.

Partners Kevin Modiri and Lewis Addison, and associate Lewis Hastie have been accepted as members of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS).

The independent association provides a forum for experts specialising in contentious trust and probate work to exchange experiences and know-how, helping to maintain a uniformly high standard of service in this highly skilled area of law.

Kevin, who qualified as a solicitor in 2005 and heads up the department from our Derby office, said:

“We’re very proud to have three solicitors – one in each of our offices in Nottingham, Derby, and Leicester – accredited by ACTAPS.

“The only way to gain membership is to have completed a significant amount of contentious trust and probate work, which shows our experience when it comes to dealing with these types of cases.

“There are many complex areas to consider when contemplating a probate or trust claim. This can be very costly if overlooked or misjudged, therefore making it essential to instruct someone who is fully qualified. ACTAPS membership gives peace of mind to clients, showing that we’re highly regarded, even by our peers, in this niche area of law.”

In order to achieve ACTAPS accreditation, contentious trust and probate work must account for either at least 50% of a practitioner’s active workload over the past five years or 25% over the past 10 years.

Lewis Hastie, who qualified as a solicitor in 2009 and joined our Nottingham office in 2017, said:

“The ACTAPS accreditation not only provides recognition of the quality of the work we carry out, it also enables us to develop our expertise further through the training provided by the association and gives us a platform to work with other contentious probate specialists.”

Lewis Addison, who is based at our Leicester office and qualified as a solicitor in 2006, added:

“Contentious probate is a fascinating area of law and is growing significantly at present.

“As you tend to be dealing with families during sensitive situations, such as a loved one dying, tensions can run high. Helping clients reach agreement with their opponents and coming out of a dispute with a satisfactory result is extremely rewarding.”