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Denise Longhurst

Denise Longhurst


 "What could we improve? Nothing. Denise is the best" 

Denise has over 30 years experience assisting families and extended families whose relationships have broken down.  This includes divorce, cohabitation and civil partnerships in relation to which she works closely with Natalie Jones.  She also advises on the problems that can arise after a family member’s death, working closely with Rosemarie Close.  

Denise prides herself in understanding all of the issues and working constructively with all the parties to reach a solution.  

Where relationships have broken down on the death of a loved one she can advise on the grounds for challenging the validity of a Will, making a claim for provision where someone has been excluded from a Will and various administrative actions where it is necessary to remove a personal representative.  She can also advise on testamentary capacity and the Mental Capacity Act 2005, along with disputes over Lasting Powers of Attorney, decision making and deputies.  In the difficult area of sham trusts and breach of trust, she prides herself on identifying the points in issue and making it as easy as possible for the client to understand.

She has recently supplemented her knowledge base and experience by training over the last two years with the University of Law.  Her tutor, Professor Leslie King has complimented her commenting “Your letters were clear and well expressed and had an excellent “tone”: firm but not aggressive”.  

Denise was made an Associate Member of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists in December 2016.  

Denise prefers a non-confrontational approach and enjoys working with mediators and experienced Counsel.  She has experience of acting for clients overseas, both in breakdown of personal relationships and on the death of a family member, and welcomes international enquiries.

Her clients say

  • "Thank you for your approachable style and the professional way in which you and Heringtons have ensured the matter has been closed off." 
  • "Any queries I had were answered promptly and the complex issues were clearly explained with options laid out in a comprehensible way.  A trying time was made less fraught by being kept up to date with what was happening and with the costs that would be incurred."  (M Walker-Hill)
  • "I just wanted to take this opportunity to say a very big thank you for helping bring about a successful outcome.  Thank you for your calm guidance" 

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