Ian Johnston

Senior Associate Solicitor

Ian Johnston

Senior Associate Solicitor Manchester Will and Trust Disputes

Ian Johnston is a Senior Associate in our Contentious Trusts and Probate team.

An experienced and assured litigator, clients like his professionalism and he is known as someone who works diligently to ensure the best outcome for his clients.

He has been recognised as a key lawyer in the Legal 500. He has a particular expertise in advising on Inheritance Act claims, contested will disputes, executor and trustee disputes, claims for will rectification, Attorney or Deputy investigations and recovery of assets to estates. He works with a variety of clients and assists both professional and non-professional executors and trustees.

A former member of JMW’s Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning team, Ian’s background provides him with a unique understanding of the issues which underpin the various claims and disputes in which he acts.

Ian holds associate membership of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS) and Affiliate Membership of the Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners (STEP) including the Special Interest Group for Contentious Trusts and Estates.

What others say:

“Combines excellent technical knowledge with a strong client focussed approach” Legal 500 testimonial

 “A sensible Senior Associate with good judgment in managing complex cases” Legal 500 testimonial

 “We recently had the pleasure & benefit of using Ian Johnston's experience over an 8 month period. His professionalism, attention to detail and calmness at all times were 2nd to none and we always felt 100% confident in Ian's ability & expertise. He guided us through the mediation process and helped us arrive at a solution with which we were extremely happy” (Mr B)

 “I was extremely pleased with the service you provided and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend you to my friends.” (Mrs B)

 “Ian Johnston was completely professional and I felt extremely confident acting on his advice.” (Mrs W)

Some examples of Ian’s work:

  • Securing a financial interest in a trust for potential beneficiaries in a complex trust dispute where the original trust documents were lost several years ago and obtaining a further sum for those beneficiaries in associated negligence proceedings pursued against the trustees of the trust.

  • Successfully obtaining permission to pursue an Inheritance (PFD) Act 1975 claim out of time and achieving a significant sum for the client at trial.

  • Obtaining an urgent injunction relating to the proposed cremation of a body where his clients alleged that the cremation would have been in contravention of the Deceased’s religious beliefs.

  • Acting on numerous occasions for common law partners where the Deceased has not left a will and adult children who have been excluded from a will following their parent remarrying.

  • Acting in claims to challenge wills on the grounds of lack of capacity, lack of knowledge and approval, undue influence and fraudulent calumny.​​​​​

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