Jan Atkinson

Partner
Wills, Probate & Disputed Estates

  • “Jan is an expert in international probate work and is praised for a sensible and pragmatic approach to cases.”

  • “Jan Atkinson has a wealth of knowledge and experience combined with a terrier-like ability to investigate the relevant facts, which make her an excellent choice in a contentious probate or trust dispute.”

  •  Top Recommended 2022, Contentious Tax & Trust Lawyers

  • Thank you also for all your hard work over the last two years. I would like to commend your patience and diligence, your understanding and communication.

    Client review

  • I can't thank you enough for all you have done to help me through this ordeal. I really appreciate your time, effort and good humour. I shall absolutely know who to recommend if anyone needs a top lawyer in London.

    Client review

  • "I wish to thank you for your advice, efficiency and professionalism throughout which has been greatly appreciated."

    Client review

  • “You have truly shone out from anyone I have known with your experience and knowledge in these types of situations”

    Client review

  • “You have completely amazed me and I have such heart-felt gratitude for your dedication and perseverance”

    Client review

  • “Thank you all very much for your professional service, it has been reassuring throughout.”

    Client review

  • “I should note that it is refreshing to deal with an efficient, professional, and well written lawyer such as yourself.”

    Client review

  • “I wanted to say that I am grateful beyond words at the effort Jan Atkinson has been putting in towards fixing our situation.”

    Client review

  • “Jan Atkinson is a very proficient lady whom I would highly recommend to anyone involved in probates.”

    Client review

  • “I would highly recommend you in any probate matter and your firm in any other legal matters.”

    Client review

  • “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.”

  • “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.”

    Client review

  • “I feel so humbled at your dedication from start to end when I was 100% lost. Also, I am in awe of your skills and knowledge with how to handle all the steps in this case and also how you helped throughout this whole thing. Your kindness and understanding to me is overwhelming… honestly, in each part of this, you’ve amazed me more than the last time.”

    Client review

  • “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.”

    Client review

  • “Thank-you Jan from the bottom of my heart for all your care and for standing up for me this whole time in addition to constantly pushing this along, sharing your help and advice with everyone and for having such clear focus with direction. Each step of the way you have amazed me more than the last time. I am so grateful and appreciative of all that you have done. This chapter of my life will close, thank-you to you. My words are so small for all that you have done. You have given me more than you know”

    Client review

  • 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 HNW

  • She brings a depth of experience in estate administration to her respected disputes practice.

    Chambers HNW

  • "Jan Atkinson, with her steely, steady, calming presence, instils confidence in the most highly-strung of us clients. With her masterful knowledge of the law, old and new, and its application, Jan can navigate through the most complex of cases to a successful end."

    Legal 500 2021

  • "Jan Atkinson is a formidable litigator in succession disputes – you want her on your team in any such case"

    Legal 500 2021

  • "A very capable team headed by the wonderful Jan Atkinson. She is both able and charming, which is a winning combination"

    Legal 500 2021

  • "Jan Atkinson stands out for her wide-ranging knowledge and experience of estates; whatever problem you throw at her, she has seen it all before and is able to find a creative and sustainable solution. She has exceptional commitment to her clients and explores every avenue to find the best solution for them"

    Legal 500 2021

  • "Osbornes does high-quality work. Jan Atkinson is the go-to partner for independent administrations"

    Legal 500 2021

  • "Jan Atkinson is extremely experienced and an expert in this area of law. She is utterly pragmatic, always looking at what the client wants to achieve. She can be extremely tough when she needs to be but always knows when to compromise"

    Legal 500 2021

  • My family had the pleasure of Jan Atkinson working with us on the will and probate issues of [my mother's] estate in Camden and Ireland after she passed on last year. Jan and her assistant(s) offered us a fantastic service at a sad time.

    Client Review

  • "Jan Atkinson stands out for her wide-ranging knowledge and experience of estates; whatever problem you throw at her, she has seen it all before and is able to find a creative and sustainable solution. She has exceptional commitment to her clients and explores every avenue to find the best solution for them"

    Legal 500 2021 - Jan Atkinson

  • 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

    Legal 500 2020 - Jan Atkinson

  • A small but formidable team, punching above its weight. Jan Atkinson is a seasoned pro. Approachable but no push-over

    Legal 500 2020 - Jan Atkinson

  • Jan Atkinson is "terrific," "extremely professional" and "enormously experienced."

    Chambers HNW

  • Jan Atkinson's "in-depth knowledge of the non-contentious work gives her an advantage when she's dealing with very difficult contentious issues, because she really understands what has gone wrong and how to get it right"

    Chambers HNW

  • I would highly recommend Jan Atkinson in any probate matter and Osbornes Solicitors in any other legal matters.

    Wills, Probate & Disputed Estates Client

  • Jan Atkinson is a very proficient lady whom I would highly recommend to anyone involved in probates.

    Wills, Probate & Disputed Estates Client

  • Jan Atkinson is confident with a straightforward approach. Her practice covers both contentious and non-contentious matters, including wealth planning and estate administration.

    Chambers UK

  • I wanted to say that I am grateful beyond words at the effort Jan Atkinson has been putting in towards fixing our situation.

    Wills Probate & Disputed Estates Client

  • Jan Atkinson has helped me so very much! Thank you!

    Wills, Probate & Disputed Estates client

Jan's 2022 directory quotes

Jan Atkinson is always a delight...

Jan Atkinson is always a delight to work with

Legal 500 2022

Jan Atkinson – Rolls Royce advice

Jan Atkinson – Rolls Royce advice

Legal 500 2022

Jan Atkinson is fierce and dedicated...

Jan Atkinson is fierce and dedicated to her clients.

Legal 500 2022

Jan Atkinson has a wealth of...

Jan Atkinson has a wealth of knowledge and experience combined with a terrier-like ability to investigate the relevant facts, which make her an excellent choice in a contentious probate or trust dispute. She has outstanding commitment and always delivers for her clients.

Legal 500 2022

Well-established, busy practice. Jan Atkinson has...

Well-established, busy practice. Jan Atkinson has a long-standing solid reputation in the field. Knowledgeable and formidable.

Legal 500 2022

Jan's Accreditations

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    Jan is ranked as a leading lawyer in Chambers Guide:

    “Jan is an impressive lawyer who...

    “Jan is an impressive lawyer who knows her way around private wealth dispute matters.”

    "She's very able, she can do...

    "She's very able, she can do both the non-contentious and contentious sides very, very well."

    Chambers HNW 2021

    "Incredibly dedicated and committed to her...

    "Incredibly dedicated and committed to her clients."

    Chambers HNW 2021

    Jan Atkinson is an impressive lawyer...

    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 HNW

    She brings a depth of experience...

    She brings a depth of experience in estate administration to her respected disputes practice.

    Chambers HNW

    Jan Atkinson is "terrific," "extremely professional"...

    Jan Atkinson is "terrific," "extremely professional" and "enormously experienced."

    Chambers HNW

    Jan Atkinson's "in-depth knowledge of the...

    Jan Atkinson's "in-depth knowledge of the non-contentious work gives her an advantage when she's dealing with very difficult contentious issues, because she really understands what has gone wrong and how to get it right"

    Chambers HNW

    Jan Atkinson is confident with a...

    Jan Atkinson is confident with a straightforward approach. Her practice covers both contentious and non-contentious matters, including wealth planning and estate administration.

    Chambers UK

    Jan’s Reported Cases:

    Fischer v Diffley [2013] EWHC 4567 (Ch); [2014] COPLR 212; [2014] 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 [2016] EWHC 2137 (Ch)

    Jan was the Independent Administrator in claims concerning transfers of money from the deceased’s estate by the former personal representative.

    Jan's Legal 500 reviews:

    Jan Atkinson has extensive experience in...

    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.

    Legal 500

    Jan Atkinson is a stand out...

    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.

    Legal 500

    "Jan Atkinson, with her steely, steady,...

    "Jan Atkinson, with her steely, steady, calming presence, instils confidence in the most highly-strung of us clients. With her masterful knowledge of the law, old and new, and its application, Jan can navigate through the most complex of cases to a successful end."

    Legal 500 2021

    "Jan Atkinson is a formidable litigator...

    "Jan Atkinson is a formidable litigator in succession disputes – you want her on your team in any such case"

    Legal 500 2021

    "A very capable team headed by...

    "A very capable team headed by the wonderful Jan Atkinson. She is both able and charming, which is a winning combination"

    Legal 500 2021

    "Jan Atkinson stands out for her...

    "Jan Atkinson stands out for her wide-ranging knowledge and experience of estates; whatever problem you throw at her, she has seen it all before and is able to find a creative and sustainable solution. She has exceptional commitment to her clients and explores every avenue to find the best solution for them"

    Legal 500 2021

    "Osbornes does high-quality work. Jan Atkinson...

    "Osbornes does high-quality work. Jan Atkinson is the go-to partner for independent administrations"

    Legal 500 2021

    "Jan Atkinson is extremely experienced and...

    "Jan Atkinson is extremely experienced and an expert in this area of law. She is utterly pragmatic, always looking at what the client wants to achieve. She can be extremely tough when she needs to be but always knows when to compromise"

    Legal 500 2021

    "Jan Atkinson stands out for her...

    "Jan Atkinson stands out for her wide-ranging knowledge and experience of estates; whatever problem you throw at her, she has seen it all before and is able to find a creative and sustainable solution. She has exceptional commitment to her clients and explores every avenue to find the best solution for them"

    Legal 500 2021 - Jan Atkinson

    Jan Atkinson has extensive experience in...

    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

    Legal 500 2020 - Jan Atkinson

    A small but formidable team, punching...

    A small but formidable team, punching above its weight. Jan Atkinson is a seasoned pro. Approachable but no push-over

    Legal 500 2020 - Jan Atkinson

    Jan's client testimonials

    Thank you also for all your...

    Thank you also for all your hard work over the last two years. I would like to commend your patience and diligence, your understanding and communication.

    Client review

    I can't thank you enough for...

    I can't thank you enough for all you have done to help me through this ordeal. I really appreciate your time, effort and good humour. I shall absolutely know who to recommend if anyone needs a top lawyer in London.

    Client review

    "I wish to thank you for...

    "I wish to thank you for your advice, efficiency and professionalism throughout which has been greatly appreciated."

    Client review

    “You have truly shone out from...

    “You have truly shone out from anyone I have known with your experience and knowledge in these types of situations”

    Client review

    “You have completely amazed me and...

    “You have completely amazed me and I have such heart-felt gratitude for your dedication and perseverance”

    Client review

    “Thank you all very much for...

    “Thank you all very much for your professional service, it has been reassuring throughout.”

    Client review

    “I should note that it is...

    “I should note that it is refreshing to deal with an efficient, professional, and well written lawyer such as yourself.”

    Client review

    “I wanted to say that I...

    “I wanted to say that I am grateful beyond words at the effort Jan Atkinson has been putting in towards fixing our situation.”

    Client review

    “Jan Atkinson is a very proficient...

    “Jan Atkinson is a very proficient lady whom I would highly recommend to anyone involved in probates.”

    Client review

    “I would highly recommend you in...

    “I would highly recommend you in any probate matter and your firm in any other legal matters.”

    Client review

    “I can’t tell you how...

    “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.”

    “Once more this year your professionalism,...

    “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.”

    Client review

    “I feel so humbled at your...

    “I feel so humbled at your dedication from start to end when I was 100% lost. Also, I am in awe of your skills and knowledge with how to handle all the steps in this case and also how you helped throughout this whole thing. Your kindness and understanding to me is overwhelming… honestly, in each part of this, you’ve amazed me more than the last time.”

    Client review

    “Jan is one of the most...

    “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.”

    Client review

    “Thank-you Jan from the bottom of...

    “Thank-you Jan from the bottom of my heart for all your care and for standing up for me this whole time in addition to constantly pushing this along, sharing your help and advice with everyone and for having such clear focus with direction. Each step of the way you have amazed me more than the last time. I am so grateful and appreciative of all that you have done. This chapter of my life will close, thank-you to you. My words are so small for all that you have done. You have given me more than you know”

    Client review

    Jan Atkinson is an impressive lawyer...

    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 HNW

    She brings a depth of experience...

    She brings a depth of experience in estate administration to her respected disputes practice.

    Chambers HNW

    "Jan Atkinson, with her steely, steady,...

    "Jan Atkinson, with her steely, steady, calming presence, instils confidence in the most highly-strung of us clients. With her masterful knowledge of the law, old and new, and its application, Jan can navigate through the most complex of cases to a successful end."

    Legal 500 2021

    "Jan Atkinson is a formidable litigator...

    "Jan Atkinson is a formidable litigator in succession disputes – you want her on your team in any such case"

    Legal 500 2021

    "A very capable team headed by...

    "A very capable team headed by the wonderful Jan Atkinson. She is both able and charming, which is a winning combination"

    Legal 500 2021

    "Jan Atkinson stands out for her...

    "Jan Atkinson stands out for her wide-ranging knowledge and experience of estates; whatever problem you throw at her, she has seen it all before and is able to find a creative and sustainable solution. She has exceptional commitment to her clients and explores every avenue to find the best solution for them"

    Legal 500 2021

    "Osbornes does high-quality work. Jan Atkinson...

    "Osbornes does high-quality work. Jan Atkinson is the go-to partner for independent administrations"

    Legal 500 2021

    "Jan Atkinson is extremely experienced and...

    "Jan Atkinson is extremely experienced and an expert in this area of law. She is utterly pragmatic, always looking at what the client wants to achieve. She can be extremely tough when she needs to be but always knows when to compromise"

    Legal 500 2021

    My family had the pleasure of...

    My family had the pleasure of Jan Atkinson working with us on the will and probate issues of [my mother's] estate in Camden and Ireland after she passed on last year. Jan and her assistant(s) offered us a fantastic service at a sad time.

    Client Review

    "Jan Atkinson stands out for her...

    "Jan Atkinson stands out for her wide-ranging knowledge and experience of estates; whatever problem you throw at her, she has seen it all before and is able to find a creative and sustainable solution. She has exceptional commitment to her clients and explores every avenue to find the best solution for them"

    Legal 500 2021 - Jan Atkinson

    Jan Atkinson has extensive experience in...

    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

    Legal 500 2020 - Jan Atkinson

    A small but formidable team, punching...

    A small but formidable team, punching above its weight. Jan Atkinson is a seasoned pro. Approachable but no push-over

    Legal 500 2020 - Jan Atkinson

    Jan Atkinson is "terrific," "extremely professional"...

    Jan Atkinson is "terrific," "extremely professional" and "enormously experienced."

    Chambers HNW

    Jan Atkinson's "in-depth knowledge of the...

    Jan Atkinson's "in-depth knowledge of the non-contentious work gives her an advantage when she's dealing with very difficult contentious issues, because she really understands what has gone wrong and how to get it right"

    Chambers HNW

    I would highly recommend Jan Atkinson...

    I would highly recommend Jan Atkinson in any probate matter and Osbornes Solicitors in any other legal matters.

    Wills, Probate & Disputed Estates Client

    Jan Atkinson is a very proficient...

    Jan Atkinson is a very proficient lady whom I would highly recommend to anyone involved in probates.

    Wills, Probate & Disputed Estates Client

    Jan Atkinson is confident with a...

    Jan Atkinson is confident with a straightforward approach. Her practice covers both contentious and non-contentious matters, including wealth planning and estate administration.

    Chambers UK

    I wanted to say that I...

    I wanted to say that I am grateful beyond words at the effort Jan Atkinson has been putting in towards fixing our situation.

    Wills Probate & Disputed Estates Client

    Jan Atkinson has helped me so...

    Jan Atkinson has helped me so very much! Thank you!

    Wills, Probate & Disputed Estates client

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      Funding of Probate disputes

      Probate disputes can be very expensive and clients often find it difficult to find the money to cover their legal...

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    2. 13.9.2021

      Worldwide Probate Dispute

      The deceased died in Ireland leaving very considerable wealth and assets all over the world, including England, but without leaving...

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      Ad Colligenda Grant

      This is an estate administration where our client has been appointed by the court to administer the estate but is...

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      Osbornes Law were appointed independent administrator in this contentious probate dispute, with an estate worth around £2m. The deceased was...

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      Contentious Probate Claim Regarding £21.5million Estate

      The death of one of the shareholders of a family run business, and the contentious probate claim regarding his £21.5million...

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    6. 13.9.2021

      Controversy over validity of the will

      Our client is the executor and one of three residuary beneficiaries of the estate of her late uncle. The will...

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    7. 13.9.2021

      US/UK cross border probate

      Our probate lawyers were instructed by a US-based widow of her late husband’s £8 million English estate. As well as...

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    8. 8.9.2021

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      Osbornes Law acted for the only surviving adult child of the deceased, who died in her nineties having made several...

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      Dealing with Debts as an Executor

      It is a common misconception that a person’s debts die with them. After you die your debts become the...

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    10. 13.8.2021

      What is reasonable financial provision in 1975 Act claims?

      The long running and high profile case of Ilott v Mitson [2017] UKSC 17 has finally come to an end with the...

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    11. 22.7.2021

      Osbornes Ranked For Expertise in High Value Wills...

      Jan Atkinson has been ranked as a leading lawyer, dealing with high-value private client disputes. The 2021 edition of the Chambers...

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    12. 25.9.2020

      Making a Will by video link

      The Government has recently announced plans to allow for the witnessing of Wills and Codicils by video conferencing. This is...

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    13. 25.9.2020

      Plan your Estate ahead of the Autumn Budget

      The issue of Inheritance Tax made the headlines recently after the Chancellor of the Exchequer was reported to consider raising...

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    14. Last Will and Testament
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      Left Out of A Will

      I was left out of my mother’s last will and I am confident this was not her intention. What...

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    15. 27.7.2020

      Video-witnessed wills

      Over the weekend the government announced plans to introduce legislation that will allow wills to be witnessed remotely via video. ...

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    16. 22.7.2020

      Transferring property to your children to avoid tax...

      Transferring property to your children to avoid inheritance tax may appear to make financial sense but lawyers warn there are...

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    17. 2.7.2020

      Probate Applications – the latest on turnaround times

      Until around 18 months ago, the turnaround time for grant of probate applications could be as little as 5 to 7 days if...

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    18. 23.6.2020

      Jan Atkinson, senior partner writes on personal financial...

      Our Head of Wills, Probate and Estate Management at Osbornes Law has contributed to a special Finance Supplement on ‘Dealing...

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    19. 10.6.2020

      How to ensure money left in your will...

      The coronavirus crisis has seen the public rally around the NHS which has benefitted from considerable fundraising efforts and donations...

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    20. 20.4.2020

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      New landmark set in the Time Provision for...

      In the judgment of  the case of Thakare v Bhusate [2020] EWHC 52 (Ch) handed down recently, the High Court upheld a...

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    22. 19.7.2019

      Delayed Introduction of Guardianship Legislation

      The Guardianship (Missing Persons) Act 2017 comes into force on 31 July 2019.  This is a full 27 Months after the bill was given...

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      Estate Planning With International Assets

      As more of us become internationally mobile, it’s increasingly common to own assets abroad. Yet lawyers say many people...

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      Intestacy Rules

      What are the rules of intestacy? It is estimated that between half and two-thirds of the adult population have not...

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