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

  • 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
  • Chambers UK 2016, Leading Individual
  • Chambers UK 2015 Leading Individual Logo
  • Legal 500 UK, 2015 Recommended Lawyer
  • Legal 500 UK 2015, Recommended Lawyer
  • City wealth Leaders List 2014 Recommended Logo
  • Legal 500 Recommended Lawyer 2014 Logo


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The "excellent" Emily Exton "is clear-thinking and quick on the uptake. She has her clients' interests in mind and understands the clients' needs." Chambers UK, 2017
"An A-list litigator who is first-class on trusts and probate litigation and can handle any tricky issue very well." Legal 500 UK, 2016
"Forsters are very good. They have been doing this for many years and are consistent performers."  
Chambers UK, 2017