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Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS)

Roberta Harvey

Partner, Head of Contentious Trusts and Estates

Roberta Harvey joined Forsters as a Partner in January 2019, and was appointed Head of the Contentious Trust and Estate (CTE) group on 1 April 2020.

She is a specialist contentious trusts and estates lawyer and has an excellent reputation among her peers in representing high net worth individuals, family offices, trustees, protectors, executors and beneficiaries in respect of such matters. Examples of the cases Roberta deals with are as follows: validity issues, breach of trust, removal applications, construction arguments, freezing injunctions, asset tracing and recovery and the full remit of estate disputes. Roberta’s supportive and constructive approach to litigation inspires confidence in her clients. Roberta fiercely defends her clients’ best interests, while always considering the wider and long-term implications for their personal, financial and commercial interests. Roberta also works closely with her family and private client colleagues and often advises on issues that arise in the context of divorce or post and pre-nuptial agreements or on stress testing trust structures.

Roberta is regularly asked to speak at industry conferences.

Her reputation as a leader in her field was recognised recently by her appointment as a member of the ACTAPS committee. She is acknowledged as a Band 1 Ranked Lawyer in the Chambers HNW Guide 2023. Roberta is also ranked by The Legal 500 2023 in the 'Hall of Fame'.

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“Roberta Harvey is liked and respected by both her clients and her competitors. She is a very steady presence in litigation, and is sympathetic and calm, but firm when firmness is required.” The Legal 500, 2024
“Roberta is a fantastic leader of her team, I am consistently impressed how hard she thinks about her cases and her clients and how determined she always is to get the best result possible for them.” Chambers HNW Guide, 2023
“Forsters LLP has long been considered a market leader in the real estate disputes sector, well able to hold its own against the big hitting City firms.”
The Legal 500 UK, 2023