Gemma Willingham

Gemma is a partner and solicitor advocate with Baker McKenzie's Dispute Resolution team and our market-leading Trust Disputes group in London. Gemma specialises in advising clients engaged in disputes related to private wealth, succession and trusts. In such disputes, she acts for trustees, executors, protectors, beneficiaries and interested third parties and is very familiar with all the major offshore jurisdictions. She has been recognized for the excellence of her practice in winning the Editor's Choice Award for Outstanding Individual of the Year at the CityWealth Future Leaders Awards 2016. Chambers & Partners cite clients who describe her as "extremely pleasant but also tough as nails," "a powerful advocate in difficult meetings," and "incredibly talented, hard-working and a delight to be around." Gemma is a full member of STEP and ACTAPS, and a regular speaker at international conferences about wealth litigation. Gemma has extensive experience advising clients in relation to managing risks associated with exposure to wealth-related controversy, including dealing with corporate governance and family governance and resolving "private" family disputes. More generally, Gemma also has considerable expertise and experience in handling specialist pensions litigation and general commercial litigation.

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