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Deborah Cain


Deborah is a Partner at Brachers specialising in disputes and litigation concerning or connected to wills, trusts, the estates of deceased persons, and all other inheritance/post death related issues.


  • Disputes about the validity of a will or a codicil;
  • Claims for financial provision from an estate under the Inheritance (Provision for Family & Dependants) Act 1975;
  • Claims made for provision from an estate based on a lifetime promise;
  • Disputes between beneficiaries and trustees/personal representatives (executors), including applications to remove trustees/personal representatives (executors).
  • Breach of trust claims;
  • Disputes between trustees/personal representatives/executors;
  • Disputes between the beneficiaries of a trust or a will;
  • Disputes about the validity of transactions made during the lifetime of a person now deceased;
  • How to deal with, or how to make requests for information and documents (including wills);
  • Disputes about the meaning of a will or trust document;
  • Claims in negligence against professionals such as will draftsmen or those administering an estate.



Deborah joined Brachers in April 2017 after working in Sussex and London. She is a specialist in contentious trust and probate work, and is a longstanding member of the Association of Contested Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS).

Deborah frequently writes articles on this area of law, and is ranked in the Legal 500 as a leader in her field. She has also featured in the Chambers UK legal directory since 2014.


Protecting your legacy: Avoid family disputes by getting a plan in place early

It has been a principle of English law for some time now, that where someone has reasonably relied on an assurance or promise to their detriment, the law can step in to prevent an unconscionable outcome if that “promise” is, for whatever reason, not then kept. Read more


What is ‘Testamentary Freedom’?

How the concept of testamentary freedom has evolved since 1870 and what can be done to maximise the prospect of enjoying this particular freedom today. Read more


Will and probate disputes - Frequently asked questions

The specialist lawyers in our Contentious Probate team answer some of the common questions clients ask about this complicated area of law. Read more

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Law Commission published consultation on Will reform

Will law needs ‘overhaul’ to reflect modern world says The Law Commission Read more

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