Davina is a partner in our Dispute Resolution Cornwall team based primarily in the Truro office.
Davina qualified as a solicitor in November 1990 after gaining an LLB (Hons) Law Degree from the University of London (QMC) and joined Stephens Scown in March 2010 after working in the City of London since qualification.
Davina acts for a variety of clients including beneficiaries, executors, trustees and potential claimants who instruct her within the firm’s Inheritance and Trusts Disputes team. Instructions range from assisting individuals with:
- Defending and pursuing claims under The Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975
- Challenges to validity of Wills claims including the use of Larke v Nugus requests
- Proprietary estoppel claims
- Claims in intestacy situations
- Disputes in relation to financial abuse of the elderly including Enduring and Lasting Powers of Attorney disputes and related Court of Protection proceedings
- Acting for charities in relation to interpretation of Wills and pursuing or defending legacies due to charities or delays in payment of legacies to charities
- Executors and trustees’ duties and disputes
- Inheritance disputes in families which involve business partnership disputes
- ToLATA (Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996) claims or defending such claims.
This work involves High Court, County Court and Court of Protection proceedings. Davina has also represented clients in mediations.
Davina is a member of ACTAPS (the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists) and the Law Society and Cornwall Law Society.
Davina’s personal testimonials:
Legal 500 (2023) – “Standout individual.”
Legal 500 (2022) – Davina Haydon has a specialism in advising farming widows.
Outside of work, Davina plays the piano and is a member of The Three Spires Singers (an auditioned choir affiliated with Truro Cathedral), which is one of the leading choirs in the South West. She also enjoys reading historical novels (the medieval and Tudor periods in particular) and visiting historic places of interest in the UK and abroad; and spending time with her family.