I am a founding Partner of the firm and am the Head of our Private Client Department where my team and I specialise in Probate work, Court of Protection work and Contentious Probate work.
My Firm aims to offer a competitive fixed fees wherever possible, and aim not to be beaten on cost, as well as of course offering high levels of expertise and service. In addition I am able to offer a multi-lingual staff who are fluent in the following languages:
Bengali, Gujarati Hindi, Marathi, Mirpuri, Polish, Punjabi, Turkish, Urdu, and British Sign Language.
Founding Partner and Head of the Private Client Department
Private Client Solicitor
Trainee Solicitor and then Private Client Solicitor
Auditor and Chartered Accountant
I have many years experience working first in the financial sector, then for the last 20 years as a solicitor.
My professional qualifications include:
• Chartered Accountant
• Chartered Secretary
• Chartered Tax Adviser
• Notary Public
• Trust & Estate Practitioner
• Registered Contentious Trust & Estate Specialist
• Insolvency certificate
I am also a Court of Protection appointed Panel Deputy.
My other roles include:
• ICAEW Probate Committee member
• ICAEW Project Board member
• ICAEW BBHSCA Joint chair of Bedford Discussion Group
• STEP Disciplinary Panel member
• Central Beds Education Admissions & Exclusions Appeals Panel member
2004 - 2005
Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) – Personal Tax Specialist Route
1997 - 2001
Chartered Accountant (ACA) at PricewaterhouseCoopers
1996 - 1997
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
2014 - 2014
Certificate in Insolvency
2012 - 2012
Registered Contentious Trust & Probate Specialists (CTAPS)
2011 - 2012
Full accredited member
2007 - 2009
Trust & Estate Practitioner (TEP)
2004 - 2006
Postgraduate Diploma in Notarial Practice (Notary Public)
Excellent service. Expedient and efficient. Will definitely use in future.
Sunil has a vast knowledge in both Legal and Financial matters.
Chris Rose, Manager at PriceWaterhouseCoopers
‘I would like to thank you for all your work and help in dealing with the sale of our late mother’s home and also in dealing with the immediate issues following her death last summer. I am truly grateful for all that you have done for us and the professional, sensitive and efficient way in which every transaction has been handled’.
Mr Roberts - a client
‘Premier Solicitors were appointed by our son as Executors of his Will. Following his death they undertook the management of his estate and with the Conveyancing for the sale of his house. From the first meeting through to the final settlement of the state and the sale of the house we have nothing but praise for the way in which the process was managed. All the work was carried out promptly and with sensitivity. We have no hesitation in recommending Premier Solicitors as Executors of Wills and house Conveyancing. As a bonus the fees charged were very reasonable and competitive too’.
Mr and Mrs Edwards - clients
Oratto referred me to Premier Solicitors for a difficult contested probate situation. Now I just want to acknowledge their efforts. We have been extremely pleased with Premier’s work, not only with the amount of time and effort they put into the case, but the sincere determination and perseverance they have shown is paramount and beyond comprehension.
In particular, Patrick and Ali Shah have worked so hard on this case. Although Patrick is the solicitor in charge, we have mainly been dealing with Ali Shah, who has been more than helpful to us. He has remained professional and excellent in translating what needs to be done and the strategic plans that were cleverly drafted by Premier.
We cannot thank Premier enough for going above and beyond what any other firm could have done. Above all, they have been fantastic in their approach and in dealing with the various parties. The amount of time Ali Shah has spent on our case has been incredible, and he remained patient and resilient in making sure we were his priority at all times while liaising with my relatives in America in both English and Urdu, making real peace within the family setting. He has been a real asset and diamond, and I cannot thank him and his team enough. We finally have a court date and so fortunate to have Premier representing us. We have all the confidence in the world in them and their skills in litigation.
Ms A James – a client
I have been re-appointed by the Court of Protection and Office of the Public Guardian as one of only 68 panel deputies in England and Wales.
A Deputy is someone the Court of Protection appoints to manage the financial affairs or welfare of a person who lacks capacity to look after themselves, and does not have an effective power of attorney. Usually a relative would be the best person to be appointed, but in today’s world, families have moved further apart, and have more demanding work and family commitments. They often cannot look after vulnerable people who lack capacity to take decisions for themselves, be it through old age, mental illness or incapacitating accidents. In this case the Court of Protection appoints a professional Deputy who will work alongside or instead of the family, so ensuring that the best interests of the vulnerable individual will come first.
By Sunil Kambli
The balance of power is currently with the lenders, which are seeking to control the property market, but how many banks can we or our clients really embargo?
HSBC is not the first - and will by no means be the last - to cull its panels, but it is playing by the rules. However, it seems to me that there is a simple solution for the legal profession to ensure that the balance of power is shifted back towards us - change the rules that we as a profession have put in place so that lenders and borrowers must now seek separate representation. At least that way that will create a market whereby borrowers must seek their own, hopefully local, representation.
Nottingham Crown Court recently heard a fraud case against Mrs Margaret Hampshire, (a former Wills & Probate Solicitor, and a retired Judge) and her Husband, Mr Alan Hampshire.
Mr Martin Blanche passed away in 2007, leaving behind a cottage in Rolleston and a 50% share in an adjoining empty cottage, which was co-owned by his cousin, Mrs Josephine Burroughs.
Mrs Hampshire had a Power of Attorney over Mrs Burroughs’ affairs and took over the Administration of Mr Blanche’s Estate. When clearing out his cottage, Mr and Mrs Hampshire claimed to have found a Will leaving his whole Estate to Mrs Burroughs, including his cottage and interest in the adjoining cottage. The Will was then admitted to Probate by Mrs Hampshire. The properties were then gifted to Mrs Hampshire’s Daughter and renovated using Mrs Burroughs money.
Following a boundary dispute, the matter was investigated by the Police and concerns were raised by neighbours and friends of Mr Blanche regarding the Will and his difficulty to read and write.
A handwriting expert was instructed and concluded that the Will had been forged by Mr Hampshire.
At the beginning of the trial, Mr and Mrs Hampshire pleaded not guilty to all counts. However, during the trial they changed their pleas to guilty and admitted a total of 6 charges, including 3 counts of forgery, 1 count of fraud and 2 counts of theft between them. Other charges were ordered to remain on file.
Mr and Mrs Hampshire both received three concurrent jail terms of six months with a confiscatory hearing due shortly to decide what is to happen to the renovated property.
Lawyers in Bedfordshire are being urged to raise money for charity by writing wills as part of a national month-long drive.Legal firms across the county are being asked to sign up to Will Aid Month, which takes place across the country from 01-30 November 2016.
The programme relies on solicitors to pledge their time and support for the cause which sees them provide the will writing service for free in return for a voluntary donation to charity from their client. The cash raised is split between nine of the UK’s best-loved charities.
Peter de Vena Franks, campaign manager for Will Aid said: “Will Aid 2015 was a fantastic success but we are really hoping 2016 will surpass that. “We want this year to be bigger and better than ever before. Here in Bedfordshire we’re looking for more solicitors to sign up to and donate their time, so we can help more and more people get their finances in order. Having a will is one of the most important, yet easiest things to tick off the to-do list and our charities benefit as a result!” Last year Will Aid raised more than £1million for charity.
In Bedfordshire, 2 solicitors firms signed up to the programme and between them raised £9,000.
Sunil Kambli from Premier Solicitors in Bedford said: “We really enjoy taking part in Will Aid and are proud to be able to offer our solicitors’ time to write wills which have raised such fantastic sums for charity. Last year we
wrote over 40 wills. We are really looking forward to Will Aid 2016 and will be working hard to raise more than last year.” Across the UK, Will Aid Solicitors and their clients have contributed more than £17 million in donations and an estimated £95 million in legacy pledges since the campaign was founded over 25 years ago. The campaign is proud to have helped more than 300,000 people to write a proper will with a professional solicitor. As well as helping people to protect their loved ones by writing a will, Will Aid transforms the lives of thousands of people whose lives are characterised by deprivation, isolation and poverty.
Awarded runner-up in the Training and Development category by The Federation of Small Businesses in the Bedfordshire Business Awards 2013
Winner - Training & Development Award
Firm has £33,984 raised to date for Will Aid charities
Crowned winner of the Training & Development category for the East of England Small Business Champions 2013, which is an honour for the firm to be recorgnised by the judges and the local business community. We were also finalists for the most Enterprising Business category.
Association of Contentious Trust & Probate Specialists
Solicitors for the Elderly
Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners
The Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT)
The representative body for solicitors in England and Wales
Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales