Senior Associate Solicitor
With my clear, considered, and commercial approach, I provide my clients with focused and practical advice to resolve their dispute.
Areas of Expertise
Contentious trusts and probate claims, including:
- Claims for lack of testamentary capacity
- Claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975
- Claims for lack of knowledge and approval.
- Will validity claims
- Claims against executors
- Claims relating to the interpretation of Wills and trust documents
- Claims for breach of trustee’s duties
- Claims for rectification of a Will
- Proprietary estoppel claims
- Claims relating to death bed gifts
- Undue influence claims
- Claims under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996.
Court of Protection issues, including:
- Statutory Will applications
- Claims relating to unauthorised gifts
- Undue influence in relation to lifetime transactions
- Concerns regarding attorneys and deputies.
I have particular experience in acting for individuals and charities in Will, probate and trusts claims, and regularly advise beneficiaries, potential beneficiaries, executors and trustees. As well as my day-to-day contentious trust and probate work, I am also a member of Ellis Jones’ specialist charity advice service and Court of Protection team.
Recent Work Includes
- Disputes arising in the administration of a number of high value estates.
- Beneficiaries regards a claim to declare a Will invalid on the basis of lack of testamentary capacity and undue influence.
- Beneficiaries on a constructive trusts.
- Numerous claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.
- Complex Statutory Will applications.
Experience, Professional Associations and Qualifications
- Qualified as a solicitor in September 2012
- Ranked as an “Associate to Watch” in Chambers and Partners’ High Net Worth Guide, Private Wealth Disputes (UK, The South 2020) described as “very knowledgeable, hard-working and sympathetic to client needs”.
- Litigation Department noted as a “recognised practitioner” in Chambers and Partners (UK, The South, 2020)
- Recommended Department by The Legal 500 (UK 2020) for Contentious Trusts and Probate and Commercial Litigation
- Noted as a “Key lawyer” by The Legal 500 (UK 2020) for Contentious Trusts and Probate.
- Finalist for “Lawyer of the Year” at the Dorset Legal Awards 2019.
- Ranked as an “Associate to Watch” in Chambers and Partners’ High Net Worth guide, Private Wealth Disputes (UK, The South 2019) stating ‘She’s a very, very good lawyer first and foremost but clients just adore her. She’s got a very good client manner, especially in the cases that require a human touch. She applies her legal analysis and nous, but in a way that is very reassuring and sympathetic and very focused on the clients’ interests. They rave about her and rightly so; I think she’s great.’
- Recommended Lawyer by The Legal 500 (UK 2019) for Commercial Litigation and Contentious Trusts and Probate – being described as a ‘very good lawyer, who really knows her stuff, but also has an excellent client manner’.
- Recommended Court of Protection team in The Legal 500, noted for its “firm grasp of Court of Protection practice and procedure, with Victoria being described as “meticulous” and earns praise from barristers for her “superb and very comprehensive” papers.
- Recommended Department by The Legal 500 (UK 2019) for Contentious Trusts and Probate and Commercial Litigation.
- Recommended Lawyer by The Legal 500 (UK 2018) for both Commercial Litigation and Contentious Trusts & Probate – being described as ‘an excellent, clear-thinking litigator whose advice to clients is thorough but readily intelligible’
- Recommended Department by The Legal 500 (UK 2018) for Commercial Litigation and Contentious Trusts & Probate
- Recommended Department by The Legal 500 (UK 2017) for Commercial Litigation and Contentious Trusts & Probate – being described as ‘Streets ahead’.
- ACTAPS (Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Solicitors – Full member)
- LLB Law Degree (2:1) University of Exeter
- Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (Distinction)
- Member of the Charity Law Association
- Member of the Institute of Legacy Management
- Trustee of a charity
Ranked as ‘Associate to Watch’:
“I think she’s excellent. She’s a very, very good lawyer first and foremost but clients just adore her. She’s got a very good client manner, especially in the cases that require a human touch. She applies her legal analysis and nous, but in a way that is very reassuring and sympathetic and very focused on the clients’ interests. They rave about her and rightly so; I think she’s great.”
– Chambers and Partners’ High Net Worth Guide – Private Wealth Disputes (The South)
Following the death of two close family members we were in dispute over the share of a property. Having approached several local solicitors, who showed little interest, we were highly delighted by the positive attitude of the reception team in Ringwood. A meeting was promptly organised with Victoria Riddleston who specialises in this sort of case. Victoria very carefully explained to us the possible routes that were open to us and what the outcomes might be, this was also detailed in writing. Despite the importance of the meeting, Victoria is an exceptionally personable individual who made us exceptionally welcome and at ease. I am very pleased to report that with Victoria’s guidance and support the dispute was resolved. I would have no hesitation in thoroughly recommending Ellis Jones and their team.Mr N Lucas
I had the need to use a solicitor last year in a family dispute. I was called by Victoria and was invited in that same day for an urgent consultation. The fantastic explanation of the law given and the range of options advised to me was enormously empowering and comforting and it felt as though we had great power behind us. Back up calls and follow up messages showed what a thoroughly professional group they are, and I wouldn’t call anybody else now.Mr Horton