Associate, Will, Trust & Estate Disputes

Lawrence Hiller-Wood

Lawrence is an associate in the Will, Trust & Estate Disputes team. He acts for a wide range of clients, including individuals, families, trustees, executors and beneficiaries.

Lawrence advises clients on a broad spectrum of contentious trust and probate disputes, both as claimant and defendant. He has increasing expertise advising on High Net Worth estates and those involving an international element.

Working closely with his clients from the outset, Lawrence identifies what is most important in a dispute and tailors his advice to deliver cost effective and pragmatic solutions. He is experienced in alternative dispute resolution and will seek to avoid court involvement wherever possible.

Lawrence Hiller Wood

Specialisms & expertise

  • Claims to the construction or validity of a Will
  • Claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975
  • Disputes relating to the administration of estates and trusts
  • Removal and substitution of trustees and executors
  • Applications to rectify or set aside trust documents
  • Applications for accounts and disclosure of documents
  • Professional negligence relating to Wills, trusts and tax planning.

Examples of work

Trust Disputes: Hopes & Anor (Trustees of the Skandia Life Policy Trust) v Burton & Ors [2022] EWHC 2770 (Ch)

Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 - claimant

Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975

Successful defence of £12m Will challenge

Successful settlement of 9 year inheritance dispute

Historic breach of trust

Agricultural estates and trusts

Proprietary estoppel

Lasting Power of Attorney claims

Achievements & other appointments

Lawrence is a member of ConTrA (the Contentious Trusts Association). He regularly contributes to legal publications and his work has been featured in Trusts and Estates Law & Tax Journal.

Lawrence is a member of OpenWealth, a network for LGBT+ professionals in the private wealth industry.

Lawrence in ranked in Chambers HNW

Junior Lawyer of the Year – Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge & District Law Society, Junior Lawyers Division Achievement Awards.

eprivateclient Top Law Firms 2023 Contentious Wills & Probate Team of the Year - Boutique - Highly commended Chambers ranked in HNW, Lawrence Hiller-Wood Best will writing firm - Probate - Probate research awards


Lawrence graduated from the University of Sussex with a first class degree in Law. He went on to complete his LPC at the University of Law in Guildford with distinction.

In addition to his specialist practice, Lawrence is studying to obtain specialist accreditation in the field of contentious trusts and probate.

Lawrence joined Thomson Snell & Passmore in 2019.