Derek is a Solicitor in the Private Client team in Salisbury.
Derek entered the Roll of Solicitors in 2012 having trained at Tanners Solicitors LLP, in the heart of the Cotswolds, where he dealt mainly with high net worth clients. Derek joined Trethowans since February 2017.
Derek specialises in Private Client work, advising on inheritance tax planning, wills, probate, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection work. Previously Derek spent two years dealing primarily with contentious trust and probate matters. Derek is a member of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS).
Derek previously worked at Tanners Solicitors LLP, Wilsons Solicitors LLP and Lamb Brooks LLP.
Examples of how Derek helped clients:
Derek dealt with the administration of an estate where the deceased’s partner threatened to bring a claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975 and claimed ownership of part of the deceased’s home as a result of improvements he had carried out. Derek assisted the parties in reaching an amicable settlement, which was efficient for Inheritance Tax, avoiding the need for formal proceedings that would have cost the estate tens of thousands of pounds.
Away from the office...
Away from the office, Derek enjoys cycling and exploring the New Forest. Derek is also a motorsports fan.