Many assume that couples who are neither married nor in a civil partnership but who live together ("cohabitants" for the purposes of this article) have a “common…Read More
Andrew O'Keeffe's Service Teams
- Inheritance, Trust and Probate Dispute Resolution
- Tax Planning
- Offshore and International
- Wills and Succession Planning
- Probate and Trust Administration
- Private Client
Andrew O'Keeffe is ‘outstandingly intelligent and dynamic’.
Legal 500, 2016
Andrew advises on a wide range of contentious trust and probate matters with particular expertise in disputes concerning the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, where he has acted for spouses, partners, both adult and minor children as well as dependants. He has also acted for and advised executors in relation to such claims.
Andrew is regularly asked to advise on issues regarding the validity of Wills including issues relating to testamentary capacity, lack of knowledge and approval, undue influence, fraud as well as lack of due execution and revocation.
Andrew also has considerable experience in disputes relating to the administration of both trusts and estates where he has advised trustees, executors and beneficiaries on matters such as allegations of breach of trust, actions for an account and disclosure of trust documents. He has also acted in claims relating to the removal of personal representatives or trustees.
Andrew also undertakes Court of Protection work and has a particular interest in the professional negligence side of contentious trust and probate matters.
- Acting for the successful claimants in the recent leading case regarding presumed undue influence: Hart and Samways v Burbidge  1628 (Ch).
- Acting for a major beneficiary of a farming partnership in respect of claims for rectification and construction of the terms of his deceased partner's Will.
- Acting for the granddaughter of a patient of the Court of Protection in respect of a statutory Will application in respect of an estate worth over £3m.
- Advising clients in respect of a claim for proprietary estoppel over their entitlement to the deceased uncle's interest in a substantial farm.
- Advising beneficiaries in relation to various claims arising in respect of their entitlement to their late mother's estate which include a number of residential properties and a freehold public house.
Andrew joined Wedlake Bell LLP in November 2015 from Wilson Solicitors LLP where he was a partner. He is a full member of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS) and has been since 2006. He is listed in the Legal 500 (2015) where is described as "thorough and commercial". He is also recognised as a Prominent Figure in the field of contentious trusts in the Citywealth Leaders List for 2015.
Andrew has been widely quoted in national and regional newspapers on subjects such as the recent landmark ruling that DNA evidence should be used to settle disputes of hereditary titles in The Telegraph and The National.
Articles & Comment
26 May, 2017 | Andrew O'Keeffe
16 Mar, 2017 | Andrew O'Keeffe
On 15 March the Supreme Court ruled on the landmark case of Ilott v The Blue Cross (previously Ilott v Mitson), a claim originally brought by a daughter excluded…Read More
05 Aug, 2016 | Ann Stanyer
Wealthy families should not overlook the emotional and legal complexities involved in the disposal of their valuables, write Ann Stanyer and Andrew O’Keeffe.Read More
27 Jun, 2016 | Andrew O'Keeffe
Andrew O'Keeffe comments on the legal fight over the Scottish baronetcy of Pringle of Stichill in STEP Journal.Read More
19 May, 2016 | Charmaine Hast
Charmaine Hast and Andrew O’Keeffe discuss the complications of death before divorce in an article published in Spears Magazine on 16 May 2016.Read More