Bernadette Baker


"She offers an absolutely first-class service."

Chambers High Net Worth [UK 2019]


Bernadette joined Birketts in 2004. She is a Partner in our Dispute Resolution Team and undertakes a range of contentious work in addition to her specialist area of contentious trust and probate. Bernadette qualified as a Solicitor in September 2004.

She is a member of ACTAPS - the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists and regularly advises and acts for beneficiaries and executors in relation to:

  • entitlement under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975
  • will disputes arising from allegations of undue influence, lack of testamentary capacity, invalid procedure or fraud
  • executors responsibilities
  • negligently drafted wills
  • personal liability of trustees
  • applications for the substitution and removal of personal representatives
  • contested powers of attorney
  • applications to the Court for directions, accounts and inquiries.

Bernadette provides initial advice and assessment without charge, particularly in the area of potential Inheritance Act claims and can offer a range of funding options.

Bernadette is based in our Norwich office.

Other Information

"Leading light" Bernadette is recommended and named in the elite 'Leading Lawyers' list of lawyers nationwide by Legal 500 [UK 2020]. Bernadette is also recommended by Chambers High Net Worth [UK 2019]. This edition notes that she is "really easy to work with and a good litigator" and "she offers an absolutely first-class service" says a respected barrister.

Legal 500 UK 2020 - Leading Individual          Legal 500 UK 2020 Recommended Lawyer          Ranked in Chambers HNW 2019 Bernadette Baker