Emily Exton


The Law Society

Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS)

Emily Exton

Partner and Head of Dispute Resolution

With a strong background in commercial litigation, Emily's focus is now private client disputes where her experience includes acting in relation to cases involving challenges to the validity of wills (including lack of testamentary capacity and undue influence claims), rectification claims, removal of executors, claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, breach of trust claims, trustee fees disputes and professional negligence claims arising in the context of trust and estates work.  She also acts in Court of Protection matters including applications for statutory wills and for the appointment and removal of deputies.

Consistent with Forsters' personal, partner led service, Emily shows great discretion and professionalism when working on what are often sensitive family disputes for high net worth (often high profile) clients. She and her team are widely recognised for their intelligent and practical approach to matters and are committed to ensuring that their clients' objectives are achieved in the most cost-effective way possible.  The team have handled a number of trials (including reported cases) but also regularly achieve the right result for clients without the need for Court proceedings e.g. by mediation.

Emily is a regular speaker at conferences, including 2014 Legal Week Trust & Estates Litigation Forum in Provence and the 2015 Mourant Ozannes International Trusts and Private Client Forum in Cayman. In addition, Emily is recognised in a number of independent directories including Chambers, Legal 500, Who's Who Legal and CityWealth.

Emily trained at Frere Cholmeley Bischoff, qualifying in 1995. She moved to Forsters in 1998 and was made a partner in 2010.

Awards and recognitions

  • Private Client Global Elite 2019
  • Legal 500 UK, Leading Individual 2019
  • Legal Week Private Client Global Elite 2018
  • Legal 500 UK 2017 - Leading Individual
  • Legal Week PC Global Elite 2017


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"Emily Exton, who is an A-list litigator. I have never known her put a foot wrong. She always sees all sides of a problem, and is fantastic at handling tricky issues." The Legal 500 UK, 2020
"She is excellent, she represents her clients fastidiously but is also able to see the bigger picture when necessary." Chambers HNW, 2019
"Good strength in depth"
Chambers UK, 2018