Davinia Riley
Call: 2004
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Wills, Trusts & Probate Profile

Davinia joined St Philips Chambers following successful completion of her pupillage in 2010. 

Prior to joining Chambers Davinia worked as a Solicitor’s Agent conducting hearings in the County Courts on a wide variety of hearings and applications.

Cases concerning Wills and estates often require additional expertise in fields such as trusts, real property, landlord and tenant, company and insolvency law. Davinia has expertise in complementary fields  and can advise comprehensively on, and conduct, cases which cross boundaries between subject areas.

Davinia has experience of advising and appearing  in cases involving the following:

  • Construction of wills
  • Applications to remove personal representatives
  • Claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975
  • Administration of estates
  • Applications under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996

  • Recent-Experience

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      • Advising adult children on potential claims under the Inheritance (Provision for family and dependents) Act 1976
      • Advising on the validity of a will under section 9 of the Wills Act 1837
      • Advising on testamentary capacity and undue influence
      • Successfully making an application for an order for an executrix to provide full accounts and documentary evidence under s.12 of the Senior Courts Act 1981
      • Representing beneficiaries to a will in a dispute over the administration of an estate
      • Successfully defeating a claim against an Executor by a beneficiary to a will for the alleged maladministration of an estate

  • Specialist-Areas

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  • Qualifications-and-Appointments

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      • BSc Psychology (2:1)
      • Post Graduate Diploma in Law – University of Birmingham
      • Bar Vocational Course (Very Competent) – Nottingham Law School
      • Inner Temple Exhibition Winner
      • Duke of Edinburgh Scholarship Award – Inner Temple

  • Professional-Associations

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      • Midland Chancery and Commercial Bar Association (MCCBA)
      • Commercial Bar Association (COMBAR)