Corporate Partner

Key Contact

Cara Hough, Partner

Cara is a partner at the specialist inheritance dispute firm, IDR Law, a member of the board, and head of the Bristol Office. Cara specialises in all types of will, trust and probate disputes – including claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family & Dependants) Act 1975, construction and rectification claims, Will validity disputes, Trustee and Executor disputes, and administration disputes.

Cara has been consistently ranked in both Chambers High Net Worth (Chambers HNW) and the Legal 500 directories for her expertise in contentious probate and trust matters.  Legal 500 notes Cara as having “…outstanding communication skills… with a kind heart”. While Chambers HNW describes Cara as “extremely knowledgeable and capable” and “…a combination of a very able and likeable lawyer”. Prior to promotion, Cara was also listed as an Associate to Watch.

Phone: 0117 244 3177

About IDR Law

IDR Law deals solely with inheritance disputes, it’s all we do. Since 2017 we have dealt with over 3,000 contentious probate cases. Founded by Martin Holdsworth, an ACTAPs committee member and a member of the of the Legal 500 Hall of Fame for contentious trust and estate work, the team currently receives referrals from over a hundred different organisations, including law firms and some of the biggest estate administration companies.

Our team of 20 includes 16 specialist contentious probate lawyers who, with over 100 years of combined experience, make up one of the biggest contentious probate teams in the UK. We are committed to the continual development and training of our specialist team, so they can be the best when it comes to resolving disputes.

We provide charities with legal assistance when faced with contentious matters and family claims against the estate and we advise on matters sensitively and tactfully to navigate the complicated issues, with an aim of reaching the best possible outcome for the charity. Our years of experience and specialist knowledge ensure that we can always provide a clear route forward for your charity.

The IDR Network, a training support tool

Contentious probate is a niche area so training and education within this space is essential.  We can provide you and your legacy team with bespoke support and training on all things contentious probate.

Inheritance disputes are rising, with 1 in 3 people now relying on receiving inheritance to fund retirement or pay off their debts. It is no surprise that claims flow when inheritance doesn’t land as expected. Charitable legacies are more open to challenge than other, and disputes can often arise when family members contest a charitable donation in a Will when they believe they are not receiving what they are legally entitled to. They can also stem from a belief that the testator was unduly influenced when making their Will or lacked mental capacity to make a Will which, if successful, could render the entire Will invalid which can be a major loss to the charity.

Dealing with contentious probate cases can often require that extra level of expertise and support for you and your charity. As a dedicated team of contentious probate specialists with extensive experience in all areas of this field of law, we have created the IDR Network to provide our referrers and charity clients with the latest information, support and training when it comes to dealing with disputes of this kind.

The highlights

  • A dedicated section for charities and legacy managers dealing with all manner of legacy, wills and estate administration disputes
  • Free training, advice and support for your charity and legacy team
  • Access to our knowledgebase, legaltech solutions and much more


The IDR Claim Checker is available now on the IDRN and The ILM  Join the IDR Network here