Simpson Millar Expands Disputes Team with Contentious Probate Hire


January 2021

Leading law firm Simpson Millar has announced the expansion of its national professional negligence and dispute resolution team with the appointment of Associate Barrister-at-law Alana Graham to its Contentious Probate team.

Joining the firm with immediate effect, she brings more than 20 years’ experience to the role advising clients on Tax Planning, Wills, Trusts and Contentious Probate.

Called to the Bar in 1993, Alana pursued a career in law after graduating with a BA (Combined Honours) degree in History & Political Science.

She also has an LL.B (Hons) degree and the Degree of Utter Barrister, and was instrumental in the landmark Tod v Barton case – the first case on the Hague Convention – which involved the validity of a deed of variation to a Will.

A published author, Alana has written two chapters in the latest edition of Tolley’s Tax Planning, focusing on Family Investment Companies and the tax issues which must be considered when a company plans to trade overseas. 

Commenting on Alana’s appointment, Robert Godfrey who heads up the firm’s dispute resolution team said, “Alana has an impressive background and extensive legal knowledge in this field.

“Throughout her many years of experience, she has received high praise for her approachable, warm approach at what is often a very difficult and emotional time for her clients.

“Her appointment is reflective of our ongoing commitment to building a team that is dedicated to providing expert advice and accessible legal services to our clients at the key moments in their lives.

“We’re delighted to welcome her to the team.”

Alana, who is based out of the Simpson Millar’s Manchester office added, “It is particularly important in the Contentious Probate arena that we provide a personable and accessible service to our clients.

“Simpson Millar unwavering commitment to putting their clients at the forefront of all that they do provides much reassurance in that regard, and I am privileged to be joining Rob and the wider dispute resolution team.”

With eight strategically located offices nationwide, Simpson Millar is a leading national consumer law firm delivering Personal injury and Private Client legal services including Conveyancing, Wills, Trusts and Probate, Court of Protection, Family Law and Divorce, Public Law and Education, Industrial Disease and Clinical Negligence.

It was recently commended as a leading firm in The Times’ 200 Best Law Firms 2021.

The firm, which is known as ‘The Open Lawyers’, and is establishing itself at the forefront of the changing legal services market, is committed to creating a simpler way to tackle challenges and to ‘open’ up the law to make it easier for people to get legal help and support when they need it.