Jessica Hancock Disputes Associate

On joining Beswicks in 2016, I spent time with our corporate and commercial, employment and dispute resolution teams before qualifying as a solicitor into our dispute resolution team in July 2018. In September 2021 I was promoted to Associate Solicitor.

While practicing as a general commercial litigator, my work within the team is primarily centred around property litigation and contentious trust and probate matters. I have also developed my practice in both contentious and transactional construction and engineering matters.

I am currently undertaking further professional studies at the University of Law, on completion of which in mid-2022 I will be an associate member of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists.

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Typical areas I deal with are:

  • Contentious trust and probate matters, including:

– disputes as to the validity of wills,
– claims against personal representatives, trustees and professionals,
– applications for the removal of executors,
– claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975,
– disputes concerning burial rights, and
– disputes concerning estate and trust assets.

  • Property litigation, including but not limited to:

– Commercial and residential landlord and tenant disputes
– Lease renewals, forfeiture, dilapidations, break rights, alienation, rent arrears and residential possession
– Claims arising out of easements and covenants
– Matters arising under the Trust of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act

  • Contentious and transactional construction and engineering matters
  • General commercial disputes.

I have recently acted for clients in relation to:

  • A construction dispute involving disputed contract terms, final account and defective works in regard to a Neurological Care Unit.
  • A report on a full suite of construction contracts and negotiations for the incoming tenant of a multi-million pound student accommodation development in Wembley.
  • A lease dispute, acting for the sub-tenant, in regard to a sublease at the stadium of a Premier League football club.
  • Multiple substantial alleged debt claims by an insolvent, household name, franchisor against multiple franchisees.
  • A 1975 Inheritance Act Claim; which was borne out of an invalid will resulting in intestacy, the subsequent failure of the deceased spouse to take the Letters of Administration, the successful citing of the spouse resulting in our client being awarded leave to apply for the Letters of Administration.

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