Tony Pearce

Consultant Solicitor


Tony Pearce is a very experienced dispute resolution solicitor. Before he became a lawyer, he was a member of the Armed Forces, a diver and a sales executive. He has experience of most types of private, commercial and civil disputes.

His aim in any dispute is to enable the client to achieve the best possible result and this often draws on his previous experiences. For the past 15 years, Tony has specialised in seeking to resolve disputes involving disputed wills, trusts, estates and property disputes. In particular, financial abuse and fraud involving the elderly and infirm and their families. He has acted for trustees, executors and administrators when disputes arise and problems result.

Tony is a full member of ACTAPS (the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists) and an affiliate member of STEP (the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners).

He was formerly on the committee of the International Association of Maritime Security Professionals and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Diving diseases research and treatment charity DDRC Ltd, which is a leading charity with an international reputation. He was recently appointed to the Trust Law Committee of the Auckland District Law Society for a two-year term.

Tony was a former Deputy District Judge and in 1994 qualified for admission as a solicitor and barrister in the High Court of New Zealand. Tony is also a contributor to Law Skills where he regularly discusses topics surrounding contentious probate.

Services & Specialisms

Expert advice & representation in these areas

  • Contentious Probate

    Contentious probate solicitors help families and individuals with challenges to Wills. Our team of lawyers are specialists in this area, with a proven track record of effectively resolving these disputes.

  • UK Contentious Probate for Australia & New Zealand

    Our solicitors can support in the specialist area of Australia and New Zealand residents resolving contentious probate matters in the UK.

  • Trust Solicitors

    Contact our solicitors to discuss difficulties that have arisen as a result of assets being held in trust. We specialise in resolving these disputes for our clients.

  • Inheritance Disputes & The Inheritance Act 1975

    Have you lost a loved one and not been provided for adequately or at all, whether under a Will or under the Intestacy Rules? If so, all is not lost.

  • Claims Against Executors

    When a person dies, the legal responsibility for the distribution of the deceased’s estate passes onto anyone named in the will as an executor. It is their responsibility to carry out the instructions detailed in the will. If there is no will or those named are not able to act as executors, a court may appoint an administrator to fulfil the role.

  • Protection of Vulnerable Adults

    Our expert solicitors support individuals, families, local authorities and charities navigating this complex area of law, helping you to protect vulnerable adults from instances of financial abuse and neglect.

Organisations & Accreditations


  • ACTAPS (the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists)
  • STEP (the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners)
  • Member of the board of trustees of the diving diseases research and treatment charity DDRC Ltd

Being a specialist will, trust and estates dispute resolution solicitor has it's challenges. Rightly, clients wish to instruct a solicitor and law firm they feel they can trust. One they can work with, who knows what is expected, offer experience and who seek to deliver a client's objectives. I will always go the extra mile for clients to secure the best possible outcome and economic benefit.

Tony Pearce

From recent personal experience I would highly recommend Tony Pearce at Richard Nelson LLP. His knowledge, competency and professionalism is second to none. He is also extremely supportive of the client during what can sometimes be an emotional time.

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