In line with new guidelines from the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), requiring firms working in certain areas of the law to display pricing and service information in a clear and transparent manner, we have published the fees you can expect to pay when instructing a Solicitor in our Wills, Trusts and Probate team. This includes whether or not costs are VAT applicable.
On this page, you can find information on the total estimated cost of dealing with your case; the services we provide as part of this fee; our solicitors’ hourly rates, which are graded according to their level of experience; how long we estimate it will take to deal with your case; as well as any other additional costs or disbursements you may have to pay that are not included in your fee.
- Applying for grant only – Estates of less than £650,000
- Applying for the grant only – Estates of over £650,000
- Applying for the grant, collecting and distributing the assets
Our highly qualified and experienced team has been assisting clients in all matters relating to wills, trusts, probate, administration of estates, estate and tax planning and powers of attorney, among other areas, for many years. Not only do we specialise in managing private wealth, but we also have wide-ranging experience in helping elderly and vulnerable clients, meaning that you can rest assured that your matter is in safe and capable hands.
Our team is a large, varied and highly qualified, with a great deal of expertise in this area of the law. All wills and probate cases worked on by our specialist solicitors are overseen by our Managing Partner and department head, Andrew Flannagan.
Below, you will find a list of the fee earners in our team, alongside information on their qualifications and particular areas of expertise. For further details, please click here to be taken to our Wills and Probate team page.
Tony Brownlie is a Partner and Head of our Estate Administration team. He has particular expertise in matters relating to estate administration and probate work, together with associated matters like deeds of variation, estate planning and taxation. Before specialising in estate administration, Tony prepared Wills, trusts and Lasting Powers of Attorney for many years. After completing his degree, he studied for a Graduate Diploma in Law in Leeds, before going on to complete his Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in London, which he passed with a distinction. He is a member of STEP and achieved a distinction in the STEP Diploma in Trusts and Estates.
Jayne Kesbey is a Solicitor dealing with matters relating to trusts, although she has also undertaken work relating to Wills, estate administration, Court of Protection and Lasting Powers of Attorney in previous roles. Achieving a law degree through the University of London and completing the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in Guildford on a part-time basis, she qualified as a Solicitor in 2007 and joined Attwaters Jameson Hill in 2014. She has been a full member of STEP since 2009.
Sophie Weavers has been a Trust Paralegal at Attwaters Jameson Hill since 2017, working within the Wills, Trusts and Probate team. She previously specialised in Land Law within another regional firm. She completed her Law LLB degree at the University of Sussex and has recently completed her Legal Practice Course with a Masters in Law at BPP University.
Andrew Flannagan, Managing Partner and Head of Wills, Trusts and Probate, studied for his Law LLB degree at University, graduating in 1989. He completed the Law Society finals at the College of Law in Guildford. He qualified as a Solicitor in 1995 and has worked at Attwaters Jameson Hill since 1996. He has extensive experience in estate administration of all types, Will drafting, Powers of Attorney and tax planning. He became the firm’s Managing Partner in 2009. With over 20 years’ experience, he excels in assisting clients in all matters relating to this area of law.
Lesley-Ann Mayhew is a Partner and Head of Court of Protection and Older Client Services specialising in Wills, trusts, probate and administration of estates, estate and tax planning, powers of attorney and Court of Protection applications. She graduated from university with a Law degree before going on to complete her Legal Practice Course, qualifying as a Solicitor in 2005. She is a member of STEP.
Alison Hon is an Associate Solicitor with wide experience in matters relating to the administration of estates, Wills, trusts, estate and tax planning and powers of attorney. After completing her degree, she studied for her Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course at the College of Law, Guildford. She qualified as a Solicitor in 2009 and joined Attwaters Jameson Hill in 2013, moving up to the rank of Associate in 2016. She is a member of STEP.
Keri Rowan qualified as a Solicitor in 2016 and joined Attwaters Jameson Hill in the same year. After graduating from the University of Kent, she completed her Legal Practice Course at BPP Law School in Holborn. She gained experience of different areas of the law before becoming a specialist Solicitor in our Wills, Trusts and Probate department. Her next goal is to work towards becoming a member of STEP.
Gina Berry is a Wills and Probate Executive, and has been working within the Private Client department of Attwaters Jameson Hill since 2014. Starting at the firm in a full-time secretarial position, she then studied to become a Legal Executive and is now an Associate Level member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives. She also holds a CILEX Level 6 Certificate in Law (Legal Succession).
Emma King is a Paralegal in the Wills, Trusts and Probate department, and joined the firm in 2017. Prior to this, she gained nine years’ experience as a Probate Paralegal specialising in estate administration at a law firm in Ilford.
Rebecca Cunningham is a Trust Executive in Wills, Trusts and Probate Department. She graduated from University with a Law degree and went on to complete the Legal Practice Course at The University of Law in London. Rebecca joined Attwaters Jameson Hill in December 2018, however, prior to that, worked in London at Linklaters LLP and Kirkland & Ellis International LLP within the investment fund and private equity sector.
Natalie Smith joined Attwaters Jameson Hill on the 4th November 2019 as a Solicitor in the Wills, Trusts and Probate department. She deals with general private client law to include preparing Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Deputyship orders, Probate and Administration of Trusts and providing inheritance tax advice.