Katie de Swarte

Partner
Wills, Probate and Disputed Estates

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  • “Katie has a wealth of knowledge of her subject area and brings a robust but pragmatic approach to the resolution of private client disputes.”

  • “Real client focus and commitment to the cause allied to superb analytical skills and great attention to detail. Katie de Swarte has a real passion to do her best for her clients and her best is very good indeed.”

  • Katie De Swarte – she is very client-focused and attuned to their needs without being fearful of setting out where she perceives there may be weaknesses in their position.

    Legal 500 2024

  • Katie develops a good rapport with clients and is a good specialist estates litigator.

    Legal 500 2024

  • Katie develops a good rapport with clients and is a good specialist estates litigator.

    Legal 500 2024

  • The right blend of experience from a leading partner who’s spent a career in this field to enthusiastic specialist nqs. I work most often with Katie de Swarte.

    Legal 500 2024

  • Thank you for managing my case, following a complete fiasco before I contacted Osbornes Law. I know that the work involved was rather complicated, possibly frustrating and often time consuming. I was impressed with your current knowledge of the case when we had the first meeting at your office. I regard a face-to-face meeting as imperative in developing positive relationships. Members of your team, such as Alex and Ella were impressive too, with their efficient, friendly manner of working.
    I am grateful for your patience, advice and excellent support at a difficult time. Hopefully it won't be necessary to contact you again regarding this matter! I will definitely use Osbornes Law in the future.

    Client

  • "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. "

    Client review

  • 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.

    Client review

Katie's directory testimonials

Katie De Swarte – she is very...

Katie De Swarte – she is very client-focused and attuned to their needs without being fearful of setting out where she perceives there may be weaknesses in their position.

Legal 500 2024

Katie develops a good rapport with...

Katie develops a good rapport with clients and is a good specialist estates litigator.

Legal 500 2024

Katie develops a good rapport with...

Katie develops a good rapport with clients and is a good specialist estates litigator.

Legal 500 2024

The right blend of experience from...

The right blend of experience from a leading partner who’s spent a career in this field to enthusiastic specialist nqs. I work most often with Katie de Swarte.

Legal 500 2024

"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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    Forged Wills

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    Deed of Variation: Making a Change to an...

    What is a deed of variation? A deed of variation is a legal document which can be used to alter...

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    Will Dispute Case Law

    New Births And New Relationships? Review Your Will To Avoid A Dispute You’d imagine a wealthy businessman with assets...

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    Of Bad Character: Undue Influence Claim Succeeds

    Naidoo v Barton: undue influence and the risks of mutual wills Can someone’s bad character be used to prove...

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    Making an International Will: Case Study

    Making an International Will If you own assets in more than one country, it’s important to make a robust...

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    25.10.2021

    Inheritance Claims CFA Success Fee Judgment

    The Court of Appeal upholds the recoverability of CFA success fees in 1975 Act claims. An individual who claims reasonable provision...

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    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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    Dispute Surrounding Interpretation of Will

    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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    20.10.2021

    Handwriting Expert Witness Concludes Will Forgery

    Successful contesting a will claim following testimony of handwriting expert It’s not unheard of for an individual to forge...

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    20.10.2021

    Understanding Testamentary Capacity

    What is testamentary capacity? Testamentary capacity refers to a person’s legal and mental ability to create a valid will....

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  11. toy houses on coins
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    Unsuccessful Inheritance Act Claim

    The case of Shearer v Shearer The recent reported case of Shearer v Shearer highlights that adult children cannot expect...

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  12. man looking at the clouds
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    How to prevent a loved one entrusting their...

    Record numbers of us entrust our finances to loved ones, with over 800,000 Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) registered yearly, according...

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  13. two ladies talking
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    Mutual Wills

    The High Court’s decision in the recent case of Legg and Burton v Burton [2017] has highlighted the issues surrounding...

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