Ragan is a Partner who has over 18 years experience dealing with disputes. She is both an experienced litigation solicitor and a mediator. Ragan’s experience enables her to quickly identify where you stand, what your requirements are, what your options are and how best to achieve the outcome you want. Ragan understands that not everyone wants to go to court and she is able to advise how best to avoid it. If court action is required she can take a tough approach.
Ragan advises across a full range of disputes but has particular expertise in wills, trusts and inheritance disputes, property and landlord and tenant disputes, together with negligence claims arising out of those areas.
Ragan is one of only a small number of lawyers who has been appointed as a Member of the Association of Contentious Trusts and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS) and is a recommended lawyer in the Legal 500. Ragan is an Affiliate Member of STEP, as well as, a member of the STEP Contentious Trusts and Estates Special Interest Group.
Ragan is a member of the Property Litigation Association and her expertise is recognised by the Leasehold Advisory Service. Ragan is a qualified Civil and Commercial Mediator accredited by the ADR Group.
Examples of Ragan’s work include:
- Advising a client in relation to latent defects in a new build property, with significant implications relating to the safety of the property. Identifying and obtaining specialist expert evidence on the relevant issues ensuring a successful outcome for the clients of an efficient and safe resolution of the dispute with an award of compensation and the issues fully rectified.
- Acting for a client served with a notice of termination of the Lease opposing renewal of a lease on the basis of proposed redevelopment. The client vacated the premises without meeting its covenant to repair. The client was then served with a claim for significant dilapidations and complex arguments arose as to the date of termination of the lease (by surrender or operation of the LTA), the implications of Salisbury -v- Gilmore, whether the Landlord can change their mind and whether an estoppel defence was available.
- Instructed to act on behalf of the beneficiary of a Will Trust who had not received the monies she was entitled to. Advised on limitation issues, the tracing of assets and the implications of various breaches of trust by the Trustees including self-dealing of Trust property at an undervalue.
- Instructed to represent a vulnerable Defendant who is the beneficiary of a Will Trust. An application for an Order for sale of the property in which he was living has been issued against him as this was not gifted to him under the will. The matter was complicated due to the acrimonious relationship between the client and his siblings. The matter was further complicated by satellite issues not pertinent to the litigation raised by parties in relation to the conduct of the Executor, chattels and allegations of criminal conduct. Proceedings were settled in respect of the main issue prior to trial whereby our client received a far more favourable result than would have been possible at trial and at the same time progressing a number of the satellite issues.
- Representing a Claimant with learning difficulties in a claim that his father had made inadequate financial provision for him. The client is the beneficiary of a lifetime Trust comprising only shares in a property investment company. His father’s Will made no provision for him. The convoluted nature of the Trust and the deceased’s affairs suggest that the Trust will never viably provide an income and in fact may be insolvent. This would leave the client and his brother, who also has learning difficulties without an income during their lifetime which is clearly contrary to their father’s intentions when he set up the Trust. The matter has been further complicated by difficulties in ascertaining ownership of certain properties in the deceased’s Estate, loans from the deceased to the Trust and properties owed to the deceased’s ex-wife under the terms of a matrimonial settlement. Because of the learning difficulties delivery of legal services have been tailored accordingly.
- Instructed to represent a Claimant with learning difficulties in a claim that his father had made inadequate financial provision for him in his Will. The matter has been complicated by difficulties in ascertaining ownership of certain properties in the deceased’s Estate, loans from the deceased to the Trust, and properties owed to the deceased’s ex-wife under the terms of a matrimonial settlement.
Ragan’s expertise is acknowledged by her inclusion in the authoritative legal directory Chambers & Partners.
Chambers HNW UK (2020 edition)
Ragan Montgomery of LCF Law handles contentious matters for private clients including wills, trusts and inheritance disputes. “I think Ragan is brilliant,” one peer comments, continuing: “I do send work to her because I know that she will be very pragmatic and sensible, and that she will get it done to a very high quality. I am happy to recommend her when I am conflicted – she is reliable and I rate her.”
Outside of LCF Law, Ragan is a mentor for the Prince’s Trust Charity Mosaic programme where she meets Bradford schoolchildren and works on their confidence to achieve their aspirations.