Hayley Bundey is a member of ACTAPS (the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists) and is based at our Taunton office.

Hayley joined Slee Blackwell in 2008 and qualified as a Solicitor with the firm in 2011. She moved to a London firm 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: proceedings in the senior courts (such as the Privy Council), claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family & Dependants) Act 1975, challenges to the validity of wills, and trust & executor disputes. She also has a particular interest in beneficial interest cases, such as proprietary estoppel and TOLATA claims. Hayley was 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.

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, as the best means of settling these claims. She is, nevertheless, an effective litigator who is familiar with the unique tactics necessary to prepare cases for trial.

She is passionate about this area of law and does all she can to spread the message to those who are nervous about exploring their legal rights. Her message is that she is here to help and ensure that everyone (including those who are most vulnerable) has a specialist solicitor fighting their corner with a mixture of sensitivity, compassion and determination.

Recommended by the 2024 edition of The Legal 500

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

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.”


“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.”


“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.”


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