Michael is a senior associate solicitor in the dispute resolution team and leads the firm’s contested trust and probate practice.

He is known for his attention to detail and for being very approachable. With many years experience, he is adept at taking people through this complex and very difficult area of law, whilst remaining positive and realistic.

Michael is a full member of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS) and regularly receives referrals from other firms in this specialist practice area.


Michael has experience of a broad range of commercial dispute resolution with a particular expertise and interest in contentious trust and probate disputes. Whilst Michael has successfully resolved many disputes through alternative means, he also represents clients in cases that involve court action. Experience includes:

  • different forms of alternative dispute resolution including mediation and joint settlement meetings
  • burial disputes
  • caveats, warnings and appearances
  • claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975
  • disputes over the role of executors, administrators and trustees
  • disputes over the identity of the correct beneficiary or interpretation of a Will
  • forged, fraudulent, invalid and lost Will claims
  • Will validity disputes
  • powers of attorney disputes
  • mental capacity disputes
  • proprietary and other trust claims
  • inheritance disputes involving charities.

After graduating from the University of Sheffield, Michael went on to complete his training contract with a leading regional firm, Tees Law in 2002. He became an associate in 2008 before joining Debenhams Ottaway as a senior associate in 2015.

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Michael is a member of:

  • the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS)
  • Solicitors for the Elderly
  • Charity Law Association (CLA)

He is a Dementia Friend and volunteers with his local Talking Newspaper charity for blind and partially sighted individuals.

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What Clients Say
  • A friendly solicitor who was sensitive and supportive. The service has been excellent. A consistent, professional manner.

    Roy Large
  • Michael was friendly, very efficient and always kept us well informed.

    Wendy Laws
  • “Absolutely fantastic, patient and understanding” and welcomed his skills to “guide through a minefield of legal problems and keep focussed and positive.”

  • From start to finish a thoroughly professional service.

  • My hearty thanks for your support and what (if I may say so) seemed in every way to be exceptionally excellent service; even by the high standards of Debenhams Ottaway.

  • I just wanted to drop you a short note by way of a personal thank you. I know it’s your job, but there are many ways to do a job and I appreciate the care and consideration you showed to (client) at your meeting yesterday. She was very anxious and upset prior to the meeting but came out feeling more buoyant and comfortable with the situation and the agreed next steps. You really made a difference to her during this very difficult time. Thank you.

  • I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to you, I really appreciate your guidance, advice and humour during my inheritance claim, without your knowledge, negotiating and analytical skills I am sure the claim would have gone to court and the matter would not have been settled by now.  I remain completely dazzled by your letter writing skills. This was my first experience of Solicitors and the legal world, you have shone out as an outstanding solicitor with a strong passion for your clients’ cases.

    I have happily moved into the house and am loving decorating, pretending I know anything about gardening and making plans for the future, one of my highlights was putting up a washing line, after a lifetime in a small flat surrounded by clothes drying everywhere, I find myself smiling constantly when doing the most basic household tasks.  I feel like I’ve won the lottery every day, I cannot express sufficiently how much owning my own home means to me.

    I cannot thank you enough for all of the hard work and effort you put into my case.  Thanks once again for your legal advice, time, and support.


    Theresa McShane
  • Michael Henry is innovative and good at coming up with solutions to resolve issues.

    Chambers & Partners HNW guide 2018
  • He put me completely at ease at what was for me a sad and anxious time. Michael explained in layman’s terms, advised me of several options regarding my circumstances, clearly identifying the pitfalls and uncertainties. I found his expertise incredibly impressive.

    Chambers & Partners HNW guide 2018
  • Thank you so much for all your efforts and professional advice. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with you.