Katie de Swarte

Senior Associate
Wills, Probate & Disputed Estates

  • “A capable contested probate team that seems to care. Katie de Swarte is an up and coming star.”

  • "Katie de Swarte is extremely client focused and caring and supportive to her clients."

    Legal 500 2023

  • "Elspeth Neilson and Katie de Swarte are very competent private client lawyers, with good instincts for the merits of the case and a good manner with sometimes difficult clients."

    Legal 500 2023

  • "I’ve worked with Elspeth Neilson and Katie de Swarte on various pieces of private client litigation – two in the Court of Protection and one probate dispute. I’ve found them, and the firm, very efficient and capable and dealing successfully with some
    difficult clients."

    Legal 500 2023

  • "A capable contested probate team that seems to care. Katie de Swarte is an up and coming star."

    Legal 500 2023

  • “I very much appreciate all your help and support on this. I hope to never have to go through anything so dark again, but you made a huge difference… You're great at what you do and, with my new knowledge of solicitors, I wish there were more with the integrity that you have.”

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  • "I wanted to say a huge thank you for your tremendous help and advice throughout and I am incredibly grateful for your knowledge, support and striving to get us the best outcome possible in this situation. I very much appreciate it. Thank you again for working patiently with us and for your sensitive approach throughout. "

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  • I would highly recommend Katie de Swarte. Her attention to the details of my case, combined with her sensitivity and support, to what was an emotionally challenging and complex legal matter, was much appreciated and excellent. I felt she always listened to what I was saying and never rushed me. She was happy to work with me collaboratively where appropriate, as well as guiding my decisions with solid, legal advice at all times.

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Katie's directory testimonials

"Katie de Swarte is extremely client...

"Katie de Swarte is extremely client focused and caring and supportive to her clients."

Legal 500 2023

"Elspeth Neilson and Katie de Swarte...

"Elspeth Neilson and Katie de Swarte are very competent private client lawyers, with good instincts for the merits of the case and a good manner with sometimes difficult clients."

Legal 500 2023

"I’ve worked with Elspeth Neilson...

"I’ve worked with Elspeth Neilson and Katie de Swarte on various pieces of private client litigation – two in the Court of Protection and one probate dispute. I’ve found them, and the firm, very efficient and capable and dealing successfully with some
difficult clients."

Legal 500 2023

Katie de Swarte and Elspeth Neilson...

Katie de Swarte and Elspeth Neilson have both instructed me recently, and both seemed to me to be able to build excellent relationships with their clients and to run their practices very efficiently

Legal 500 2022

Katie de Swarte is hardworking and...

Katie de Swarte is hardworking and has great empathy for her clients

Legal 500 2022

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  1. 19.1.2022

    Does your will deal with cross-border assets?

    If you own assets in more than one country, it’s important to make a robust Will that deals effectively...

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  2. 25.10.2021

    Inheritance Claims CFA Success Fee Judgment

    The Court of Appeal upholds the recoverability of CFA success fees in 1975 Act claims in the case of Hirachand v...

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  3. 20.10.2021

    Evidence Needed When Contesting A Will

    ‘Scrap King’ Multi-million Inheritance Dispute Confirms the High Standard of Evidence Needed to Contest a Will   Gary Goodwin, son of...

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  4. 20.10.2021

    Contentious Probate Dispute Surrounding Interpretation

    The ‘nil rate band’ offers an incentive to testators to make their will in a tax-efficient manner, maximising the amount...

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  5. 20.10.2021

    Handwriting Expert Witness Concludes Will Forgery

    It’s not unheard of for an individual to forge someone’s will with the aim of securing an inheritance....

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  6. 20.10.2021

    Contested Will Claim Succeeds on Capacity

    A sad case in which a bereaved father made a will without the requisite mental capacity to do so has...

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  7. 20.10.2021

    Contested Will Claim Against Estate Fails

    The recent reported case of Shearer v Shearer highlights that adult children cannot expect an estate to support their affluent...

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    14.9.2021

    Dealing with a Contentious Probate Claim

    Many people do not know what a contentious probate claim is until they have become embroiled in one. The root...

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  9. 12.5.2021

    Writing a will stops loved ones being frozen...

    An estimated 59% of the UK population have not made a will, so when one half of a couple dies unexpectedly,...

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  10. 27.11.2020

    LPAs: How to prevent a loved one entrusting...

    Record numbers of us are entrusting our finances to loved ones, with over 800,000 Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) registered a...

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