Senior Associate

Experience

Leticia specialises in legacies, trusts and probate disputes, contract disputes, and the enforcement of judgments. She has extensive experience of both litigation and mediation, and a successful track record of obtaining injunctions (including freezing injunctions).

Leticia's client base includes charities/not-for-profit organisations, educational institutions, companies, trustees, and private individuals.

Leticia is a key member of the firm’s Legacies, Trusts & Probate Disputes team, and has experience of acting as a supervising solicitor appointed by the High Court on the execution of search orders.

Examples of recent work

  • Acted for the Advisory Council of the Warburg Institute in its successful defence of a claim brought by the University of London regarding the university's obligations as trustee to house, fund and maintain the world renowned Warburg Institute (University of London v Professor Prag and another [2014] EWHC 3564 (Ch); [2015] WTLR 705]
  • Acted for a major international development charity in a dispute over a contested will with a secondary claim in proprietary estoppel. Negotiated an advantageous pre-action settlement, and avoided costly and time-consuming court action
  • Acted for the successful claimant in a High Court (Chancery) claim concerning the construction and meaning of a particular clause in a homemade will
  • Acted for a national children’s charity in its defence to a claim brought under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975. Negotiated a pre-trial settlement on terms advantageous to our client
  • Acted for a faith-based charity in an application for a grant ad colligenda bona pending resolution of a claim against the estate to which our client was a beneficiary
  • Acted for a major international development charity in a dispute with executors who had wrongly paid the charity’s legacy to a third party. Negotiated full payment of the legacy from the executors personally plus a significant contribution towards the charity’s costs. Avoided costly and time-consuming court action
  • Acted for a charity in its successful defence of a dual claim to challenge a will and for provision under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975. The estate was large and the will contained complicated trust provisions. Successful resolution of all claims was reached at a multi-party mediation.
  • Obtained an order for strike-out of a claim brought against the trustees of a charity by a former trustee. The order included payment of our clients’ costs, and leave to appeal was denied
  • Part of the legal team that acted for The Sunday Times, David Walsh and Alan English in the 2012 High Court proceedings against cyclist Lance Armstrong. Achieved a confidential settlement with which our clients were “entirely happy”
  • Acted for an international animal charity in a high value contract dispute concerning data storage. Following the issue of proceedings, negotiated a financial settlement in our client's favour, but on terms which maintained the commercial relationship going forward

Qualifications and career

  • College of Law (LPC), 2004
  • Trained at Knights, 2005
  • Admitted as a solicitor, 2007
  • Practiced at B P Collins, 2007
  • Joined Bates Wells Braithwaite, 2010
  • Promoted to associate, 2011
  • Promoted to senior associate, 2014

Pro bono, memberships and appointments

  • London Solicitors Litigation Association (LSLA)
  • Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS)
  • Institute of Legacy Management (ILM)