Hayley Bundey joined Slee Blackwell in 2008 and qualified as a Solicitor with the firm in 2011. Having briefly flown the nest for the bright lights of a London firm in 2014, where she established a highly successful contentious probate department from scratch, she returned to her roots at Slee Blackwell in 2020 as a Partner.
Hayley is a member of ACTAPS (the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists) and is based at our Taunton office.
She has specialised in Contentious Probate throughout her career and has extensive experience in all manner of Contentious Probate work including: claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family & Dependants) Act 1975, challenges to the validity of wills as well as trust & executor disputes. Hayley also specialises in beneficial interest claims involving proprietary estoppel and was solicitor for the claimant in the TOLATA case of Smith -v- Fraser before His Honour Judge Monty QC.
Hayley has an excellent track record for settling even the most entrenched cases and is a keen advocate of Alternative forms of Dispute Resolution (ADR), particularly mediation, as the best means of resolving these types of claims. She is, however, a tenacious litigator and is familiar with the unique tactics necessary to prepare even the most complex of cases for a multi-day trial.
She is passionate about this area of law and does all she can to spread the message to those who are perhaps nervous to explore their rights that she is here to help and ensure that those who are often the most vulnerable have a specialist litigator fighting their corner in a sensitive and compassionate way.