National firm Irwin Mitchell Private Wealth has recruited a new associate to its growing will, trust and estate disputes team in Manchester.

Heather Roberts joins from Stephensons Solicitors in Manchester, having qualified as a solicitor in 2007. She is experienced in advising on inheritance disputes and contentious probate cases, having run several successful cases at trial. As well as being a trained mediator, Heather is also a full member of the Association of Contentious Trusts and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS).

Heather joins a growing team, with senior associate Nazia Nawaz having moved from the Leeds office in May 2018 to lead and help to grow the will, trust and dstate disputes team in Manchester. The team is going from strength to strength having already recruited Lucy-Allena McIlroy earlier this year as a paralegal.

The firm’s Manchester office has seen multiple exciting changes in recent months. National head of family Ros Bever was named regional managing partner for the office in April, taking over from Roy Beckett.

The firm also moved into new premises in June located at One St. Peter’s Square, in the heart of the city.

The national will, trust and dstate disputes team has also grown in recent months with the arrival of partner Jonathan Gist in the firm’s Birmingham office.

Paula Myers, national head of will, trust and estate disputes at Irwin Mitchell Private Wealth said: 'We are delighted to have Heather join our growing Will, Trust and Estate Disputes team in Manchester.

'Nazia has done a brilliant job in establishing our presence in the North West region. We’ve already seen a lot of work come through and Heather’s appointment will help us to better service the area.

'Heather’s work will also feed in to the wider national team, which is now one of the largest specialist teams in the country based across six of Irwin Mitchell Private Wealth’s offices. I know she will settle in well.'