Bernadette Baker
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Bernadette leads Birketts’ Contentious Trusts and Probate Team.

Bernadette is a longstanding member of ACTAPS – the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists. She has a wealth of experience in advising private individuals and trustees on cross-border inheritance disputes, Will disputes, Inheritance Act claims, Court of Protection applications, estate administration issues, breach of trust and proprietary estoppel claims.

Bernadette is a recognised leader in her field with a proven track record of resolving complex trust and probate disputes.

Bernadette is recommended by Chambers High Net Worth [UK 2022] and ranked in Band 1. An interviewee in this edition notes: “Her biggest strength is her ability to listen to clients and give consideration to the best approach. Her communication skills are excellent,”

Bernadette is recommended and named as a ‘Leading Individual’ by Legal 500 [UK 2022]. Clients in this edition say:

“‘The team is led by Bernadette Baker, and it is clear that the junior members of the team both trust and respect her. The confidence they have in her knowledge and skills makes for a smooth-running team which benefits the clients.”

“Bernadette Baker not only has the experience required in this area, but she listens to her clients, takes careful account of the evidence and the law, and works very closely with Counsel to protect her clients’ interests. She is clearly respected by her colleagues and by Counsel which instils much-needed confidence when working through the distressing process of contentious probate law.”

“The whole process for myself and my siblings with dealing with Birketts, in particular Bernadette Baker, was made so much easier for us to cope with due to brilliant communication from start to finish – from everything to dealing with the case through to price breakdowns. Brilliant.”

“Bernadette Baker dealt with our case and we couldn’t have wished or asked for a better legal representative for us – outstanding. Especially at a very difficult and upsetting time for myself and my siblings, having just lost our father and his Will being contested; everything was explained, the process, the progression; we felt nothing was left unanswered – A fantastic solicitor and someone I definitely would not like to come up against.”

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Bernadette Baker dealt with our case and we couldn’t have wished or asked for a better legal representative for us – outstanding.

Legal 500 [UK 2022]