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.