Adam Draper Partner

Adam Draper



T: 0330 016 9185 / 07722 508850


Band 1 2023 Chambers and Partners High Net Worth Guide: Private Wealth Disputes 4 years

Leading individual 2023 Legal 500 Contentious trusts and probate

Recommended lawyer 2023 Legal 500 Professional Negligence

Adam is the national head of the team. 

He specialises in all types of will, trust and succession disputes.

He has extensive experience in advising and representing in relation to Inheritance Act claims, disputes in relation to Wills and Trusts, claims against executors and trustees, proprietary estoppel, and statutory Wills.

Adam also specialises in resolving contentious Court of Protection disputes. This includes disputed statutory Wills and disputes involving attorneys and deputies.

Adam was described in Legal 500 as being “extremely empathetic”.

Adam is a member of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS) and the Professional Negligence Lawyers Association (PNLA).   He provides legal updates for Lexis Nexis.

Adam studied Law and Criminology at Sheffield University and thereafter the College of Law in Chester. He was a partner at Irwin Mitchell, having qualified there in 2002, and was latterly a partner at Shoosmiths.

Professional highlights:

  • Acting for the successful Claimant in establishing that caveats should not be used in Inheritance Act claims Re Parnall [2003] WTLR 997.
  • Acting for family members and numerous charities in overturning a Will benefiting the deceased’s housekeeper (the court found that the deceased did not have capacity to execute the Will). Abbott v Richardson [2006] WTLR 1567.
  • Acting in the successful claim for construction and rectification of a Will following a drafting error by the solicitor. Slattery v Jagger [2015] EWHC 3976.
  • Acting for the successful co-habit claimant in a claim for reasonable financial provision under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants ) Act 1975  – Bullock v Denton [2020].

“When you need a specialist practitioner, you need to ensure that you have a good one and I was fortunate to have one of the very best.

 Mr Adam Draper was meticulous in his research and preparation of documents, he was personable, supportive and highly professional in his approach to the case in hand. He gave clear advice and guidance, exuding confidence in his directions and is a person to be relied upon, with the highest integrity.

 I was impressed from start to finish and I was very glad that he was on my side. He also went the extra mile in terms of communication.

 Rothley Law therefore are very fortunate to have his expertise and experience and I highly recommend them.”