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Andrew Watson


Dispute Resolution, Contested Wills & Estates

Andrew deals with dispute resolution and contested probate and has a track record in achieving favourable outcomes for clients in what are often complex, difficult and emotional cases. He is also the Managing Partner of Girlings.

As an Associate Member of ACTAPS (The Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists), Andrew is also a recognised expert in his field. He uses his probate and litigation experience to help clients to achieve a positive result. His clients include executors, trustees and family members.

Andrew is a highly experienced Solicitor and his reported cases include Paine v Catlins (2004), Hogg v Dover College (1990) and Wood and Another v Smith and Another (Court of Appeal – 1993). He was admitted as a solicitor in 1986 and upon qualification joined the Dispute Resolution Department at Girlings Solicitors. He has since worked on a wide range of civil litigation and commercial contract disputes, professional negligence matters, land disputes and boundary issues as well as contested debt recovery and enforcement cases.

He continues to appear as an advocate as and when required. In addition to conducting proceedings in the County Court, High Court and Court of Appeal, Andrew has been involved in many mediations

Contested Wills & Estates


Andrew has particular expertise in:

Our Experts

David Mallinson

Head of Department
Dispute Resolution

Nicola Webster

Associate Solicitor
Dispute Resolution

John Quinlan

Assistant Solicitor
Dispute Resolution

Katie Collis

Trainee Solicitor
Dispute Resolution


Andrew acted on our behalf in relation to our claim against an estate which had been entirely rejected by the executors and their solicitors. We ultimately reached a satisfactory settlement. I found Andrew to be attentive, diligent and determined in achieving this on our behalf.
Andrew acted for us in relation to a challenge against a Will in respect of which my wife and I were substantial beneficiaries. We were entirely satisfied with the tremendous work that he did and the result that was achieved and are very grateful to him.
A friend recommended Andrew Watson at Girlings. After arranging a meeting with Andrew and discussing my case he told me what he could do and the time it would take. Andrew took up my case and things started to move very efficiently and affectively from then on. Throughout the case I was kept informed and my case was soon settled after many wasted months with the first solicitor.
Andrew Watson at Girlings in Canterbury, agreed to take on an extremely complicated case for me. I had asked other Solicitors in the area before meeting Andrew and nobody thought it would be possible to proceed. I was so pleased when Andrew regarded this as a challenge and enthusiastically set about making a case….The outcome was a great success.
The service I received was second to none and very satisfactory.
I've had many occasions to be thankful that I engaged you to undertake the work. You've always been clear and direct with me. I've valued your advice and your business-like way of going about things and I've trusted your judgement.
Ms B A Kelly
Andrew Watson was very supportive during the legal exchanges; he instilled confidence and imparted dignity.
Mr R T Brown
I would very much like to thank you and Girlings for your excellent support and help during a difficult time.
Mr Symonds
My matter was dealt with very well and I am very grateful. Thank you Andrew, Beverley and their team.
Mrs Hilson
Andrew Watson handled the claim brought against my husband’s estate. The final outcome was very satisfactory and I was kept fully informed throughout. My family and I will always be very grateful to you.