Natasha Stourton

Associate

  • Education: Bristol University, BSc Economics
  • Admitted: England and Wales, 2009
  • Year joined: 2007

Overview

Natasha acts for private individuals, charities and other domestic and international institutions in a variety of trust and succession disputes and Court of Protection matters.

She advises on all aspects of the validity of wills, including claims of undue influence and disputed capacity, actions brought under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, and issues of construction and rectification.

She also advises in relation to proceedings before the Court of Protection, including acting for applicants and respondents in applications for statutory wills, lifetime gifts, contested registration, and Powers of Attorney, and has experience of professional negligence cases in the context of estate planning and trust administration.

Natasha is recommended by Legal 500 in the areas of contentious Court of Protection (2013) and Contentious Trusts and Probate (2012).

She is recommended as a 'Rising Star' by Super Lawyers (2014-2015).

She is one of eprivateclient's 'Top 35 Under 35' (2015).

Highlights

  • In In re Goodman v Goodman, reported at [2013] 3 WLR 1551, Natasha and Paul Hewitt acted for the successful first defendant, where Newey J, on appeal from Master Bragge, upheld the first instance decision on removal of executors.  Click here to view article.
  • In Hawes v Burgess, reported at [2013] EWCA Civ 94, the Court of Appeal unanimously upheld the first instance decision (see below). Click here to view our briefing.
  • In Burgess v Hawes, reported at [2012] WTLR 423, Natasha and Paul Hewitt acted for the successful claimants in overturning a purported will of their late mother's and securing recovery of lifetime transfers in favour of their sister and her immediate family. Click here to view our briefing or visit the Daily Telegraph article.
  • In Clark v World Wildlife Fund and others reported at [2011] WTLR 961 Natasha and Paul Hewitt represented the charities who successfully argued that English law governs the validity of a will dealing with English immovable property (thus confirming the rule in Dicey for the first time). The court also held that England rather than Alabama is the appropriate forum for the dispute, despite the testatrix's nephew, Mr Clark, having obtained letters of administration in Jefferson County, Alabama.

Publications and speaking engagements

  • Author of Chapter 14 'Claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975' of the Law Society's Probate Practitioners Handbook (7th Edition)
  • Contributor to Probate Disputes and Remedies (Third Edition) published by Jordans (March 2014)
  • Co-author of Strength of Will, Law Society's PS Magazine (Issue 105 May 2013)
  • Co-author of A Matter of Record, Private Client Adviser (April 2013)
  • Co-author of The Court of Protection, Charities and the Evolution of Best Interests, Elder Law Journal (Vol 2 Issue 3 2012) 
  • Contributor to the quarterly legal update for the Institute of Legacy Management

Memberships

  • Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS)
  • Charity Law Association

On a personal note

Before joining Withers, Natasha lived in Bratislava, Slovakia and worked as a paralegal for an international law firm.

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