Natasha Stourton


Natasha is a partner in our trust, estate and inheritance disputes team.

She advises on a wide range of trust and succession disputes both onshore and offshore, including trustee/beneficiary disputes, contested probate and 1975 Act claims, and professional negligence in the context of estate planning and trust administration.

She also advises on Court of Protection matters, including statutory wills, lifetime gifts, contested registrations and Powers of Attorney.

Natasha Stourton "is clearly heading for great things; she has a real presence and is very well liked," says one source, while another notes: "She’s very bright and able - a future star", by Chambers HNW 2020. She is also recommended as a ‘Rising Star’ by Legal 500 2020.

She is described as ‘an outstanding lawyer’, ‘unflappable and has good technical knowledge’.

‘She is approachable, she makes time for clients and she has a really sensible head on her shoulders’.

Natasha has contributed to the past two editions of The Law Society’s Probate Practitioner’s Handbook and the most recent edition of Jordan’s International Trust and Divorce Litigation.

Secretary Emily Williams


I found Paul Hewitt and Natasha Stourton to be sympathetic and practical. They didn’t over promise and gave us a fair and realistic view of our chances. I felt like we were all a team with a common goal.

Peter Burgess

She is clearly heading for great things; she has a real presence and is very well liked, says one source, while another notes: She’s very bright and able – a future star.

Chambers HNW, 2020

Natasha is excellent. She is very knowledgeable and responsive.

Chambers HNW, 2021

Natasha is brilliant, she has a knack of working very hard and yet make it seem effortless.

Chambers HNW, 2022

Track record





Assisted a daughter and grand-daughter in defending accusations of wrongdoing in an application to revoke a Lasting Power of Attorney in their favour, and securing the appointment of a chosen family member alongside the Panel Deputy.

Assisted a widow in Goodman v Goodman, reported at [2013] 3 WLR 1551, in successfully removing the executors of her late husband’s estate in favour of her chosen professional. Click here to view article.

Assisted two siblings in Burgess v Hawes, reported at [2012] WTLR 423, to successfully overturn a purported will of their late mother’s and secure recovery of lifetime transfers made to their sister and her immediate family. Click here view our briefing or visit the Daily Telegraph article. And again assisting them to successfully defend an appeal to the Court of Appeal, reported at [2013] EWCA Civ 94. Click here to view our briefing.

England and Wales, 2009

‘Claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975’, the Law Society’s Probate Practitioners Handbook (7th Edition)

Probate Disputes and Remedies (3rd Edition), Jordan’s, contributor

Strength of Will, Law Society’s PS Magazine (Issue 105 May 2013), co-author

Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists

Charity Law Association

Probate Update, LexisNexis webinar - April 2016

Me in a minute

I am acutely aware of the emotional strain of litigation.. that's not to say I can't fight if I need to

I wasn’t one of these people who always knew they wanted to be a lawyer, but now I can’t imagine being better suited to any other job! I can usually find an argument in favour or against most positions. This, combined with being patient (which is how one of my clients described me to Legal 500) and possibly pedantic, makes litigation a neat fit.

I am acutely aware of the emotional strain of litigation, so when I can guide my client through to a resolution, this is my focus. That’s not to say I can’t fight if I need to - I was a keen fencer in my school days and don’t feel out of place with a sabre in my hand!

The case I am most proud of is Burgess v Hawes, a will validity dispute in which we were successful at both first instance and in the Court of Appeal. It has been referred to in several subsequent judgments and, what I think got us over the line, was our rigorous examination of the evidence.



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