Hayley Bundey

Partner

Profile:

Hayley Bundey is a member of ACTAPS (the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists).

She joined Slee Blackwell in 2008 and qualified as a solicitor with the firm in 2011. She moved to a London practice in 2014, where she established a highly successful contentious probate department from scratch, before returning to her roots at Slee Blackwell in 2020 as a Partner.

She has specialised in inheritance and trusts litigation throughout her career and has extensive experience in this specialist area of work, including claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family & Dependants) Act 1975, challenges to the validity of wills, claims to set aside lifetime gifts/transfers (including pursuit of complex civil fraud claims), and trust & executor disputes. She also has expertise in beneficial interest cases, such as proprietary estoppel, TOLATA claims, and family farming disputes, in which she has a keen interest.

Hayley was the Solicitor for the claimant in the TOLATA case of Smith -v- Fraser before His Honour Judge Monty QC, in which her tenacity resulted in a resounding success for her client. You can read more about this case and the client’s high praise for Hayley’s conduct of the claim to trial elsewhere on this website.

Hayley has an excellent track record for resolving even the most entrenched cases and is a keen advocate of alternative forms of dispute resolution, particularly mediation. She is, nevertheless, a highly effective litigator who fights her clients’ corner with tenacity and is familiar with the unique tactics necessary to prepare cases for success at trial.

She is passionate about this area of law and does all she can to spread this message to those who are nervous about exploring their legal rights:

“My message to prospective clients is a simple one; I am here to help and be the buffer to your family, as well as the helping hand that clients in this complex area of trusts law often need. My goal is to ensure that everyone (including those who are the most vulnerable) have a specialist solicitor by their side to navigate claims with sensitivity, compassion, and above all tenacious determination to get the best result.”

Recommended by the 2024 edition of The Legal 500

“Hayley is, simply, an undoubted professional, showing compassion during what is a very upsetting time.”

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Recent Client Feedback:

“Hayley has been outstanding she is very skilled and very understanding her work is second to none and her attention to detail is perfection… she is very friendly and also good at listening what I would call the perfect Solicitor.”

Tracey

“We would like to thank you for achieving such a wonderful result, We were told by a number of solicitors we were “flying a kite”, but you had faith in the injustice of our situation, Thanks for all your hard work in reaching this result. We all appreciated your time, effort and advice. Good job well done.”

J.D.

“Slee Blackwell took the case on and steered it towards settling out of court as much as possible. They’ve been tenacious, honest and organised. Hayley has looked after my interests very well and shown great initiative. She’s had great forward thinking and has both a strong overview and a strong command of detail. I cannot praise Hayley enough for her abilities and care towards me and my case. Our barrister expertly steered his questioning and revealed the truth in court, which made me very emotional. Justice is a good thing if you can get there and you sometimes can’t get there without taking legal action. That’s why you need intelligent and organised experts on your side. I’m grateful to Slee Blackwell for their efforts which have aided me greatly in releasing myself from being a victim.”

R.S.

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