This is one of the main elements of Nathan’s practice, which involves all aspects of the law relating to wills, contentious and non-contentious probate and estate administration. He is the current editor of the Trusts and Estates section of Butterworths Civil Court Precedents and a member of ACTAPS.
Nathan is recommended as a leading junior for Private Client, Trusts and Probate by The Legal 500 and for Traditional Chancery by Chambers UK.
His work in this area includes the following:
A good deal of Nathan’s work in this area – particularly claims under the 1975 Act – is successfully settled in mediation, although litigation is in some cases unavoidable. In Ferneley v Napier  WTLR 1303, he acted for the successful Defendants in an eight day trial in the Chancery Division in which the Claimant sought to propound an alleged will on the basis of oral evidence, pursuant to the principle in Sugden v Lord St Leonards. In Re S decd (2008) he acted for the successful Respondent in an appeal from the Principal Probate Registry to the Family Division. The case raised a number of issues, including the vexatious lodging of caveats, and he obtained a somewhat unusual order vacating existing caveats and preventing the lodging of further caveats without the Judge’s consent.