Heather is an experienced contentious probate and professional negligence lawyer having previously worked at Irwin Mitchell, where she grew and led the Manchester Wills, Trust and Estate Disputes team.
Heather specialises in private client disputes and litigation, specifically those concerning trust, estate and succession disputes. Heather deals with all manner of disputes including claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, financial abuse claims, will disputes, and claims in respect of beneficial interests in properties. She has experience dealing with high value and complex estate disputes with excellent feedback.
Heather has completed the Association of Contentious Trusts and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS) course and became a full member of ACTAPS in August 2012. Heather is also a STEP affiliate member.
In addition Heather has extensive experience in professional negligence claims against all types of professionals and in particular in connection with wills, trusts and estates, such as claims against solicitors for the negligent drafting of Wills.
She takes a sympathetic and pragmatic approach to her client’s cases and is a keen advocate for using Alternative Dispute Resolution such as mediation, to help clients resolve their claims in the most cost-efficient way.
Heather was ranked in Chambers & Partners High Net Worth 2021 and 2022, with referees commenting that:
"Heather’s friendly approach and knowledge make her stand out from the crowd. She is a safe pair of hands for clients facing a torrid time."; and
Heather has "an excellent knowledge of law, and not only in her practice area. Pragmatic and efficient lawyer with gravitas and yet a generous approach with clients."
Legal 500 2022 states:
“Heather Roberts is simply brilliant. She’s very approachable, friendly and knowledgeable in her area. She was the person I passed the client on to and the feedback I got was immediately great. She had listened and reassured and understood exactly what the circumstances were. The result she got was way in excess of what the client expected at the start. She literally changed someone’s life with the result she got but was also there to help the client and hold her hand all the way through.”
What others have said about Heather's work:
“Heather is absolutely brilliant; I highly recommend working with her. The combination of specialist legal expertise, practical understanding and kindness was exactly what we needed to help us through a really challenging time. We had tried to work with other lawyers, and the difference between them and Heather was very clear. It was such a relief to us to be introduced to instruct and work with her. She really stands out as a shining example of what clients need - in our case it was an emotionally traumatic inheritance act case, which I wouldn't wish on anybody. If you are in a situation like this, hire Heather!”