Myerson's prestigious 'Tier 1' Contentious Probate Team can now celebrate Stephanie Ewan's qualification as a full member of the Association of Contentious Trusts and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS). Stephanie's qualification now takes the team's full members to five.

ACTAPS is an independent association established in 1997 for lawyers specialising in contentious trusts and probate work. The organisation ensures its members are kept up to date with any latest developments within the area of contentious trust and that clients are provided with the most accurate and quality legal advice.

As part of the membership, all lawyers must adhere to the ACTAPS code of conduct that ensures disputes are dealt with consistently and professionally, giving clients the utmost confidence in the lawyers appointed.

Helen Thompson, Head of Contentious Trusts and Probate at Myerson, said:

“We are thrilled that we now have five contentious trusts and probate solicitors in the team who are full members of ACTAPS, including myself, Partner Jennifer McGuinness and Senior Associates Eleanor Clarke and Alice Vale. The prestigious association has a rigorous two – three year training course and ensures members are skilled and equipped to support their contentious trusts and probate clients, which is crucial to supporting our clients and colleagues within this complex field of law.”


ACTAPS members continue to develop specific skills, specialisation and expertise in this area through education and training. Members can ensure representations are made to the appropriate governmental and judicial bodies concerning contentious trust and probate issues.

Stephanie Ewan, Associate and member of the ACTAPS Association, said:

“I am delighted to have completed the ACTAPS course successfully. The membership is a benchmark for contentious probate solicitors that allows me to support our clients and my colleagues, to allow us to provide bespoke expert advice in a professional and caring manner. Probate litigation is a complex area of law and helping clients through a difficult period efficiently with expert knowledge is of the utmost importance.”

The Altrincham firm is recognised as one of the largest litigation teams in the Northwest and recommended as a Top 200 law firm by both The Times and The Lawyer. The contentious litigation team members are qualified within ACTAPS (Association of Contentious Trusts and Probate Specialists) and STEP (the global professional association for practitioners who specialise in inheritance and succession planning) and hold the Advanced Certificate in Trust Disputes.

The team of fifteen is also recognised within the prestigious Legal 500 directory as Tier 1, with Helen Thompson, Partner and Stephanie Ewan, Associate, recognised as 'Leading Individual' and 'Rising Star'. 

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