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Rachel Leech

Associate Solicitor

I am a Associate Solicitor in the Court of Protection & Inheritance Disputes team. I remain calm under pressure, always keep my clients well informed and try to resolve a matter cost effectively and without the need to go to court. I am based in our Colchester office, and am available for a free 15 minute chat over the phone on 01206 217623.

I am responsible for helping clients with matters relating to contested probate, Inheritance Act claims and Court of Protection applicants. I love the variety of issues which arise in the matters I deal with and how every day is different. I enjoyed my previous time spent in the Dispute Resolution and Wills, Trusts & Probate teams, so to bring the two together is perfect for me.

As part of my training to become a solicitor, I first worked in the Residential Real Estate department, and following that, the Dispute Resolution and Wills, Trusts & Probate teams. This previous experience gives me the knowledge to be able to deal with a wide variety of matters.

In September 2018 I became a trustee of the Helen Rollason cancer charity.

I have dealt with two cases which went to appeal following the original trial in the High Court. Here are articles about the cases, and their appeals, which I write for LexisNexis:

Clitheroe v Bond, Clitheroe, Re Probate [2021] EWHC 1102 (Ch): https://www.birkettlong.co.uk/cms/document/banks-v-goodfellow-remains-good-law.pdf

Brunt v Wrangle [2021] 1 WLUK 332- https://www.birkettlong.co.uk/cms/document/retrial-_-after-incorrect-approach-to-evidence-assessment.pdf


  • First class law degree
  • Legal Practice Course - Distinction

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.


Will disputes: making a claim against an estate

This event was led by Rachel Leech, Court of Protection & Inheritance Disputes expert at Birkett Long.

Rachel talked about what happens when making a claim against an estate.

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What our clients say

  • 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
  • Many thanks Rachel, I am very grateful for your help, understanding and perseverance... If I ever know of anyone else in this position I would certainly recommend you and your firm.
  • 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
  • You have my assurance that you have been very professional and I hold the services of Birkett Long in high regard - I know where to find your services in future when I have need of them.
  • Birkett Long provide a practical approach to this sensitive work and ensure great attention to detail. They are prepared to go the extra mile to assist their clients.Client testimonial from the 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