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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.
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
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.
What our clients say
Thanks for your sensitivity, professionalism and hard work, not to mention success... we are very grateful for your efforts.
Key figure Amanda Smallcombe has a combination of technical ability and sensitivity and is particularly excellent with vulnerable clients.The Legal 500
I have thoroughly enjoyed our cases over the years. You are the most conscientious and caring solicitor, and your clients have all been extremely fortunate to have your guidance and advice.
We want to truly thank you for your work, without you we would have been lost. On the day of the mediation I was so impressed by your tenacity, and I know you did everything to get a result.
Birkett Long takes a practical approach and demonstrates great attention to detail. The team is prepared to go the extra mile to assist its clients and work well with fellow professionals.Client testimonial from the Legal 500
I do not hesitate to recommend cases to Amanda Smallcombe; she always demonstrates enormous pragmatism and empathy and is willing to explore methods of resolution that are not always obvious.Client testimonial from the Legal 500
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!
Amanda Smallcombe is conscientious and responsible. She is approachable and likeable, and also knowledgeable and sensible.Legal 500
Amanda Smallcombe continues to be practical, empathetic and knowledgeable in resolving disputes in her clients' best interests.Legal 500
Birkett Long provided advice that successfully resolved a very difficult situation regarding a will dispute. All the team were exemplary at all times, very accessible and meeting all deadlines whilst remaining sensitive to all the issues involved. Thank you.
Thank you so much for all of your help, kindness and guidance throughout this process, it has been very much appreciated.
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
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.
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.
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.
I can't thank you enough for your work, kindness and care.
Amanda Smallcombe provides clear and client-friendly advice and legal analysis.Legal 500
Amanda Smallcombe delivers outstanding care to her clients and is a delight to work with. A strong and very intelligent solicitor.Client testimonial from the Legal 500
My brother and I feel very fortunate to have received such good practical advice. Mr Peter Kell
Amanda Smallcombe is a brilliant lawyer; tough, wise and pragmatic.Legal 500
Amanda Smallcombe has vast experience in this field; having worked in a few areas of the law, she has dedicated her career to this field and in my opinion leads the way in this area of law.Legal 500
The team members complement each other and work well as a unit to deliver results for the client. Their responsiveness under time constraints is excellent.Client testimonial from the Legal 500