Ashley Tucker is a civil practitioner in the chancery field with a particular practice in Wills, Probate and Property but still retains his interest in commercial and employment law. From time to time though just to freshen things up he takes on something a little different, such as taking on a criminal defence in response to an HSE prosecution.
Ashley has a particular interest in the construction, effect and validity of Wills, including mental competence, fraud and undue influence, regularly advising and litigating on the conduct of the administration of estates by personal representatives, including challenging grants of probate, challenging the conduct of the administration by the personal representative, applications under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 Donatio Mortis Causa and the recovery of the costs of care by local authorities. He is also regularly called upon to advise on trusts, in particular in relation to negligent conveyancing of property interests, proprietary estoppel and constructive trusts.
Advising on whether a solicitor has a duty to warn a testator that the disposition they propose to make may result in one or more disappointed relations challenging the will or otherwise litigating against the estate, and whether the solicitor owed a separate duty to the beneficiaries to avoid this eventuality; completing a trial where the witnesses to the will who had originally agreed they witnessed the will subsequently retracted that agreement.
Ashley has particular experience relating to commercial premises, advising on a variety of aspects in relation to leases, licenses and tenancy matters. He also undertakes occasional drafting of commercial leases and notices, and litigation, largely on behalf of tenants.
Ashley has a broad range of experience of, and undertakes advisory work and advocacy in, all types of property matters including, boundary disputes, rights of way, adverse possession claims, trespass and nuisance claims relating to land and commons registration.
Able to bring an acquired knowledge of commercial practices into consideration when instructed in commercial and company matters, Ashley has a broad commercial practice and regularly acts for Claimants and Defendants in litigation in typical commercial claims.
In addition he has drafted memoranda and articles of association and amendments to memoranda and articles of association for company agents as well as companies, and drafted and advised on commercial contracts, recently including a contract regarding the supply of kit and other sportswear to a Professional Rugby Team.
He has also appeared on behalf of erring directors in director’s disqualification actions by the DTI.
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Ashley’s experience in professional negligence is particularly geared towards claims made against Solicitors, accountants and surveyors in respect of conveyancing transactions, will drafting, estate planning and insolvency.
He has also advised on claims made in relation to conveyancing and local authority advice relating to enquiries touching and concerning land.
Frequently appearing in the Employment and Employment Appeal Tribunal, on behalf of both applicants and respondents, Ashley has a wide range of experience in employment litigation covering unfair and wrongful dismissal, race, sex and disability discrimination, harassment, victimisation, TUPE, and stigma damages. He also advises, drafts and litigates in relation to employment contracts, particularly restrictive covenants and confidentiality clauses. Ashley has recently advised on whether it was possible to vary a homeworker’s contract to require her to work from an office 30+ miles from home.