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:
Jan Atkinson “is an impressive lawyer who knows her way around private wealth dispute matters. She is very experienced in lengthy and fraught disputes and knows how to achieve good solutions for all parties involved. She is very on the ball and works very efficiently”
Chambers High Net Worth Guide 2019
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
Jan is a ‘Distinguished Individual‘ in the Spear’s 500 2020
2019 Edition: ‘Jan Atkinson is a stand out partner who combines a non-contentious and contentious practice. She is calm, persuasive and persistent. Clients would undoubtedly trust her and she is able to call on a super nice rock solid team around her‘.
‘Jan Atkinson has extensive experience in private client matters, which underpins her excellent skills in the contentious probate area. Plus she is strong on international matters‘.
What our clients say about Jan:
“Jan is one of the most client-friendly, ‘savvy’ solicitors I’ve ever met. A solicitor who knows exactly how to navigate a case to the best possible outcome. In my case, being able to contain my over- zealous demands, which, without her control, could have come to nothing. Jan has this great command of the law and knows exactly, how to execute it, in the interests of her client. I have her to thank for everything. My family members and I are all with her excellent firm, Osbornes Solicitors LLP, ‘a chain, solicitors and right-hands, with no weak link.’”
“Once more this year your professionalism, hard work, perseverance, dedication and expertise with my case has truly humbled me. You kept me going when I had lost all strength… your action and your ability to power through is remarkable and outstanding.”
“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.”
“You have completely amazed me and I have such heart-felt gratitude for your dedication and perseverance”
“You have truly shone out from anyone I have known with your experience and knowledge in these types of situations”
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.