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  • Essex
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Amanda Smallcombe

Partner, Head of Court of Protection & Inheritance Disputes Team

My reputation as a specialist in Court of Protection and inheritance disputes brings clients to me. I’m based in our Colchester office, and am available for a free 15 minute chat over the phone on 01206 217395.

I lead the Court of Protection & Inheritance Disputes team – the largest specialist team of its kind in Essex. I enjoy the complexity of contested trust and probate work, which involved various areas of law and finding creative solutions for families in conflict.

I trained as a general dispute resolution solicitor and had the opportunity of specialising in this area which I embraced. As a specialist in contested probate and will disputes I have appeared on BBC's Inside Out programme. I have also been interviewed by the Guardian newspaper for an article about inheritance disputes.

See our will disputes expert Amanda Smallcombe on BBC's Inside Out:

I am a full member of ACTAPS - The Association of Contested Trust and Probate Specialists.

In my free time I enjoy swimming and spending time with my family.

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Court of Protection and Inheritance Disputes team

Our Court of Protection & Inheritance Disputes team offers specialist advice, in a niche and complex area of law, with empathy and a focus on achieving a just outcome for our clients. The area we work in can be very time consuming and emotionally difficult for our clients, so we work alongside them to guide them through the process as efficiently and easily as we can. We are committed to the constructive resolution of disputes by mediation or negotiation wherever possible, only resorting to the courts where absolutely appropriate.


Managing a loved-one's affairs & those of someone with dementia

This event was led by Claire Read, a wills, trusts and probate partner, and Amanda Smallcombe, head of contested trusts and inheritance disputes at Birkett Long.

Claire and Amanda provided tips on how to manage a loved-one's affairs when they either can not, or choose not to, any longer. Amanda talked in particular about managing the finances of someone with dementia, what happens when there is no LPA in place and statutory wills.

Visit our main event page to book a place future events, including our Wednesday Webinars

What our clients say

  • If Birkett Long are acting on the other side you know the other party will have good legal advice and Birkett Long with do their best to progress matters with a conciliatory approach. Legal 500, 2023
  • I work closely with Amanda Smallcombe. She has enormous integrity and always goes the extra mile for her clients. She is calm, unflappable and full of good sense. I respect her hugely. Legal 500, 2023
  • Amanda Smallcombe is passionate about the field she works in, she is the strength behind the team, and is forever looking to expand her knowledge in this area.
  • Amanda Smallcombe is the standout lawyer in the team. She deals with cases sensitively but robustly, always putting her clients first. Bearing in mind many of her clients are potentially vulnerable, she really makes the effort to not over-complicate or let cases run away. She is good at seeing the bigger picture to ensure a good result for her client.
  • I just wanted to say personal huge thank you for all your advice and support during this whole matter, you've been fab. I really can't thank you enough for everything, I'm now off to have a good night's sleep for a change!
  • Everyone that helped on my case was very efficient and helpful; this is an excellent firm for dealing with disputed wills.Client testimonial from the Legal 500
  • Your staff, clearly led by its partners and senior leaders such as yourselves seemingly develops a culture that is not only at the peak of professionalism but both caring and human. It's a rare balance in my experience.
  • Thanks for the time and direction you have both provided myself and my family over the last few days. It is genuinely appreciated. It's exactly the reason why I engage and will continue to engage Birkett Long in any legal issues I/We have.
  • Birkett Long provided advice that successfully resolved a very difficult situation regarding a will dispute. The team were exemplary at all times, very accessible and meeting all deadlines whilst remaining sensitive to all the issues involved. Thank you.
  • Amanda Smallcombe is a versatile partner who has excellent client care skills and a constructive approach with opposing lawyers. Whether working side by side on a multi handed case, or on the other side of a vociferous dispute, Amanda has the client at the heart of the situation and is always looking for the right solution.
  • The contentious probate team at Birkett Long has strength in depth. There are lawyers available at every level, led ably by Amanda Smallcombe who has long experience in this area of work. Legal 500, 2023
  • The team is flexible and approachable. It has breadth and depth of knowledge at all levels and puts its clients first. Legal 500, 2023
  • Thank you for the excellent advice that you have provided and for helping to guide the process forward.