Lorna is a partner in the Dispute Resolution team with a strong background in commercial and civil litigation including professional negligence claims, contract disputes, civil fraud cases and property and land disputes.
Her main practice focus is on wills, trusts and estate disputes.
She is recognised as a skilled litigator with an innovative and practical approach to her cases. She appreciates that every dispute needs to be considered on its own unique circumstances and so she ensures that a tailored approach is taken. Her technical ability partnered with her empathetic yet robust approach sees her achieving excellent results for her clients.
Lorna regularly handles complex and high-value disputes and, as an expert in contentious probate, is often asked to present at seminars and conferences on the issue.
Lorna has been involved in challenges to the validity of wills (including testamentary capacity and undue influence claims) rectification claims, removal of executors, claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, trust claims, trustee fees disputes and professional negligence claims arising in the context of trusts and estates.
She has also developed a niche in Court of Protection matters, assisting clients to deal with complicated and often emotional disputes involving Depravation of Liberty Orders.
In addition to her private client litigation work, Lorna regularly acts for large PLCs and multinational corporations on complicated contractual disputes and property related disputes.
Lorna also manages our Debt Recovery team for LexisNexis, dealing with high-value and contested claims for this client including successfully defending a £1m+ counterclaim in the Technology and Construction Court involving complex IT issues.
Lorna regularly presents at seminars and conferences on the topic of contentious probate and has held courses on the topic for professionals and on behalf of the local Law Society for the benefit of solicitors in the area. Lorna has also presented to the legacy officers of the members of the Free Wills Network at their annual national conference.
How can Lorna help you?
- Commercial contract disputes
- Commercial landlord and tenant disputes
- Professional negligence claims
- Credit management and risk
- Complex contentious probate claims
- Partnership disputes
- Land disputes
- Shareholder disputes
- Injunctions to enforce ex-employees restrictive covenants and post termination contractual obligations
Awards & Accolades
- Part of the team that won the ‘Law Firm of the Year’ category at the Credit Awards 2018
- Part of the team that won the ‘Collections’ category at the CCR Awards 2017
- Recommended by the Legal 500 2017
- Part of the ‘Tier One’ Legal 500 Commercial Litigation team
- Part of the team that was highly recommended in the ‘Legal and Enforcement’ category, CCR Awards 2015
- Part of team that won the ‘Legal Recovery Firm of the Year’ award in the National Credit Today Debt Collection Awards
- Part of the team Shortlisted for The Legal 500 ‘East Midlands Firm of the Year Litigation’.
Work HighlightsExample 1
Acted for a multi-national company in a contract claim which involved a counterclaim of circa £1.2mil. The claim was dealt with in the specialist Technology and Construction Court and ultimately resulted in the counterclaim being dismissed and my client receiving a significant paymentExample 2
Acted for a number of clients (in seeking to recover their uninsured losses) whose business premises were damaged and destroyed by an explosion. The claim involved multiple defendants and complex issues in relation to liability and quantum. The various defendants were represented by national firms. The claims were worth a value in excess of £2mil.Example 3
Acted for a large national developer in a claim pursuant to Section 25 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1925. The client needed a tenant to vacate premises to allow for redevelopment. The tenant was reluctant to leave and the client needed them to vacate sooner than a court hearing would allow. The claim meant that I had to negotiate and think outside of the box to achieve a favourable result for the client.Example 4
Acted for a large national company in providing advice in connection with a breach by an ex-employee of their post-termination restrictive covenants and breaches of confidentiality and helped to enforce those covenants in a commercial and cost-effective manner with the use of undertakings and witness evidence.