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Victoria Riddleston
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Victoria Riddleston

Associate Solicitor
Commercial Disputes , Dispute Resolution , Specialist Sectors

My Approach

With my clear, considered, and commercial approach, I provide my clients with focused and practical advice to resolve their dispute.

Areas of Expertise

Contentious trusts and probate claims, including:

  • Claims for lack of testamentary capacity
  • Claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975
  • Claims for lack of knowledge and approval.
  • Will validity claims
  • Claims against executors
  • Claims relating to the interpretation of Wills and trust documents
  • Court of Protection work, including Statutory Will applications
  • Claims for breach of trustee’s duties
  • Claims for rectification of a Will
  • Proprietary estoppel claims
  • Claims relating to death bed gifts
  • Undue influence claims
  • Contractual disputes
  • Professional negligence claims
  • Claims under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996
  • Company and Partnership disputes
  • Landlord and tenant disputes
  • Debt recovery

I have particular experience in acting for individuals and charities in Will, probate and trusts claims, and regularly advise beneficiaries, potential beneficiaries, executors and trustees. As well as my day-to-day contentious trust and probate work, I am also a member of Ellis Jones’ specialist charity advice service and Court of Protection team.

Recent Work Includes

Advising upon:

  • Disputes arising in the administration of a number of high value estates.
  • Beneficiaries regards a claim to declare a Will invalid on the basis of lack of testamentary capacity.
  • Beneficiaries on a constructive trusts.
  • Numerous claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.
  • Ownership and liabilities relating to partnerships and companies.

Experience, Professional Associations and Qualifications

  • Qualified as a solicitor in September 2012
  • Ranked as an "Associate to Watch" in Chambers and Partners' High Net Worth guide, Private Wealth Disputes (UK, The South 2018)
  • Recommended Lawyer by The Legal 500 (UK 2017) for both Commercial Litigation and Contentious Trusts & Probate - being described as 'an excellent, clear-thinking litigator whose advice to clients is thorough but readily intelligible
  • Recommended Department by The Legal 500 (UK 2017) for Commercial Litigation and Contentious Trusts & Probate
  • Recommended Department by The Legal 500 (UK 2016) for Commercial Litigation and Contentious Trusts & Probate - being described as 'Streets ahead'.
  • ACTAPS (Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Solicitors - Full member)
  • LLB Law Degree (2:1) University of Exeter
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (Distinction)
  • Member of the Charity Law Association
  • Member of the Institute of Legacy Management

Ranked as 'Associate to Watch':

"I think she's excellent. She's a very, very good lawyer first and foremost but clients just adore her. She's got a very good client manner, especially in the cases that require a human touch. She applies her legal analysis and nous, but in a way that is very reassuring and sympathetic and very focused on the clients' interests. They rave about her and rightly so; I think she's great."

- Chambers and Partners' High Net Worth Guide - Private Wealth Disputes (The South)

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“Following the death of two close family members we were in dispute over the share of a property. Having approached several local solicitors, who showed little interest, we were highly delighted by the positive attitude of the reception team in Ringwood. A meeting was promptly organised with Victoria Riddleston who specialises in this sort of case. Victoria very carefully explained to us the possible routes that were open to us and what the outcomes might be, this was also detailed in writing. Despite the importance of the meeting, Victoria is an exceptionally personable individual who made us exceptionally welcome and at ease. I am very pleased to report that with Victoria’s guidance and support the dispute was resolved. I would have no hesitation in thoroughly recommending Ellis Jones and their team.” Mr N Lucas
“I had the need to use a solicitor last year in a family dispute. I was called by Victoria and was invited in that same day for an urgent consultation. The fantastic explanation of the law given and the range of options advised to me was enormously empowering and comforting and it felt as though we had great power behind us. Back up calls and follow up messages showed what a thoroughly professional group they are, and I wouldn’t call anybody else now.” Mr Horton