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Tony Cockayne

Tony Cockayne

Solicitor – admitted 2002

"Tony Cockayne is an outstanding leader; he has unflagging energy and an unfailing ability to get excellent results for his clients. He tackles all disputes with a commercial, practical and strategic approach"
Legal 500 2022

Very approachable, has real commercial solutions to problems, is always available for a telephone call to discuss matters and had a robust defence of our position."
Chambers and Partners 2021

"Tony Cockayne stands out for his professionalism, vigour and integrity."
Legal 500 2021

"Jasmine Davis and Tony Cockayne are able distil complicated legal issues easily and provide practical and sensible advice. They are extremely responsive."
Legal 500 2020

"Tony Cockayne is outstanding, a pleasure to deal with and very good with clients. Jasmine Davis is also very able and has a bright future ahead of her."
Legal 500 2020

"Tony Cockayne and Jasmine Davis are approachable, very competent, and a pleasure to work with."
Legal 500 2020

"Tony Cockayne is a real star- he works really hard to get the best for his client and is tough behind his cheerful demeanour. He has fantastic support from his team including Jasmine Davies, who is intelligent and calm under pressure."
Legal 500 2020

"Tony Cockayne works incredibly hard to secure the best possible result for his clients - be that through litigation or negotiation - he is diligent, thorough in his legal analysis, as well as practical and commercial in his thinking."
Legal 500 2020

"Tony Cockayne is always strategically insightful and is one of those lawyers who makes himself available to clients rather than hiding behind layers of support staff"
Legal 500 2020


Tony is the Head of the Disputed Wills team. He is recognised as a 'leading individual' in The Legal 500 and highly ranked in Chambers and Partners.

Tony advises on disputes involving legacies and the validity of wills, together with a wide range of other disputes involving estates and trusts. This work incorporates claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Families and Dependants) Act 1975, claims regarding mental capacity, difficulties with executors, and equitable claims, including proprietary estoppel, undue influence and fraud.

Tony also acts for a number of national charities in a relation to legacy disputes.

Tony is an accredited mediator, and on the National Committee of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists.

Tony loves all sport, and once a keen footballer, he has now turned his talents to golf.

Recent Experience

  • Successfully acting for the adult children regarding a claim under The Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.
  • Acting on behalf of the defendants in a High Court trial regarding the complicated issue of testamentary capacity.
  • Acting for the spouse of a famous artist in relation to the provisions of his Will.
  • Securing a settlement in a case involving a complex estate with aspects relating to Texan law.
  • Acting in a complex dispute in the Court of Protection on behalf of the spouse of the owner of a high value property investment business.
  • Advising County Homesearch, in the case of County Homesearch Co (Thames & Chilterns) Ltd v Cowham [2008] 1 W.L.R 909, involving implied contract terms and the application of the doctrine of the effective cause in a home finder situation.

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