Alexa Payet

I am a Partner in the Disputed Wills and Trusts team.

I pride myself on giving advice in a comprehensive and sensitive way. Many of my clients have recently lost their loved ones and are in the midst of disputes with family members which often means that emotions run high. The process can therefore be extremely stressful and upsetting and I aim to provide a personal service to my clients so that they feel supported when they are at their most vulnerable. I provide honest and pragmatic advice to ensure that my client’s expectations are managed throughout and to avoid any nasty surprises as the case progresses.

I have particular expertise in Wills, Trusts and Inheritance disputes having undertaken the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS) Associate Course. I regularly act for individuals in bringing and defending claims against estates, including claims for lack of capacity, want of knowledge and approval and undue influence. I also have experience in fraud and forgery claims and professional negligence relating to wills and trusts, as well as claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975. I can also act for charities in relation to these different types of claims with a view to protecting legacies that have been left to them in a deceased person’s Will so that the deceased’s final wishes achieve their greatest potential.

I regularly act for individuals in connection with Court of Protection matters, including statutory will applications and cases where the appointment of a deputy is required because of financial abuse of an incapacitated person by an attorney under a Lasting Power of Attorney. I can also assist deputies and attorneys to recover an incapacitated person’s assets following such financial abuse.

I am able to advise clients who are involved in assisted suicide cases where this has an impact on their ability to benefit from the estate of a loved one.

I am keen to continue developing my existing knowledge in this niche area of law as I always strive to provide the best possible advice to my clients. I am a full member of ACTAPS, an affiliate member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and a full member of Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE). SFE is an organisation of legal professionals specialising in the legal affairs of elderly and vulnerable people. I also have Higher Rights of Audience (civil proceedings) which means that I am able to appear and conduct proceedings on behalf of my clients in the higher courts in England and Wales.

In my spare time I enjoy running and taking part in organised events such as fun runs, half marathons and marathons.


Professional Memberships

Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS)

Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)

The Contentious Trusts Association (ConTrA)

Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE)

Institute of Legacy Management (ILM)

Charity Law Association (CLA)


Alexa’s notable cases

Rehman v Hamid  [2019] EWHC 3692 (Ch) – click here to read the judgment

Ninian v Findlay & Ors [2019] EWHC 297 (Ch) – click here to read the judgment

Bhusate (personal representative of the estate of Kashinath Bhusate deceased)) v Patel (personal representative of the estate of Kashinath Bhusate (deceased)) & others [2018] EWHC 2362 (Ch) – click here to read the judgment.


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