After gaining valuable experience as a property lawyer in the City, Jan joined Osbornes in 1991, developing her interest in Wills, Estates and Trusts work and now specialises exclusively in this field. She heads up a 13 strong team at Osbornes and has a wealth and knowledge of experience in the private client field. Her main focus now is on wealth planning, high value estate administrations, international estates and disputed probate and trusts cases.
Jan is a registered Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP) and a registered Contentious Trust and Probate Specialist (CTAPS). She is a well known figure in the private client field, in large part as a result of her active role on the Law Society Private Client Section Executive Committee, her membership of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS). Jan writes regularly on Wills and Inheritance issues and lectures on these and related subjects.
Her most rewarding cases involve intricate estate administrations, international probate work, successful Inheritance Act claims and resolving disputed Estates. She is regularly appointed by the Court as an independent administrator to resolve long running contentious estates and has a strong international practice.
Jan is also joint senior partner at Osbornes Law.
What the directories say:
The “efficient and responsive” Jan Atkinson of Osbornes Solicitors LLP has noteworthy experience in complex estate administration, cross-border work and contentious matters.”
Chambers UK 2017
“Jan Atkinson is confident with a straightforward approach. Her practice covers both contentious and non-contentious matters, including wealth planning and estate administration.”
Chambers & Partners 2016
“Jan ‘is a conscientious, experienced and able practitioner.”
Chambers & Partners 2015
“Jan Atkinson of Osbornes LLP attracts considerable praise for her cross-border trust and probate practice.”
Chambers & Partners 2014
“Jan Atkinson is understanding and able – she gives fair advice as well as an assessment of possible outcomes.”
Chambers & Partners 2014
What our clients say about Jan:
“I can’t tell you how much I appreciate you and your integrity. You are one in a million! I trusted you all along the way.”
“I would highly recommend you in any probate matter and your firm in any other legal matters.”
“Jan Atkinson is a very proficient lady whom I would highly recommend to anyone involved in probates.”
“I wanted to say that I am grateful beyond words at the effort Jan Atkinson has been putting in towards fixing our situation.”
“Jan Atkinson has helped me so very much! Thank you!”
“I should note that it is refreshing to deal with an efficient, professional, and well written lawyer such as yourself.”
“Thank you all very much for your professional service, it has been reassuring throughout.”
Jan’s Reported Cases:
Fischer v Diffley  EWHC 4567 (Ch);  COPLR 212;  WTLR 757
Jan was the Independent Administrator in claims regarding the testamentary capacity of a testatrix suffering with dementia. The estate involved cross-border issues as well as dealing with various properties and tenants.
Lyons v Kerr-Robinson  EWHC 2137 (Ch)
Jan was the Independent Administrator in claims concerning transfers of money from the deceased’s estate by the former personal representative.
In her spare time Jan plays a lot of tennis and likes to travel.