Katie de Swarte

Senior Associate
Wills, Probate & Disputed Estates

  • “Katie de Swarte is hardworking and has great empathy for her clients.”

  • “I very much appreciate all your help and support on this. I hope to never have to go through anything so dark again, but you made a huge difference… You're great at what you do and, with my new knowledge of solicitors, I wish there were more with the integrity that you have.”

    Client review

  • "I wanted to say a huge thank you for your tremendous help and advice throughout and I am incredibly grateful for your knowledge, support and striving to get us the best outcome possible in this situation. I very much appreciate it. Thank you again for working patiently with us and for your sensitive approach throughout. "

    Client review

  • I would highly recommend Katie de Swarte. Her attention to the details of my case, combined with her sensitivity and support, to what was an emotionally challenging and complex legal matter, was much appreciated and excellent. I felt she always listened to what I was saying and never rushed me. She was happy to work with me collaboratively where appropriate, as well as guiding my decisions with solid, legal advice at all times.

    Client review

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

    Client review

  • "I am proud to be a private client of Osbornes Solicitors LLP, a client of many years. I appreciate the swift and efficient work of the Private Client Department Team."

    Client

  • "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

  • "I find Osbornes’ client-friendly approach welcoming and refreshing"

    Legal 500 2021

  • "A medium-sized London firm dealing with big litigation and doing it extremely well because of a depth of expertise and experience."

    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

  • The team is very caring, experienced and detailed and was clear about the  next steps and offered very helpful advice and suggestions

    Legal 500

  • 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

  • "They are an outstanding firm to work with. They are consistently impressive in their work."

    Chambers UK

  • "Elspeth Neilson is very reliable and practical."

    The Legal 500

  • "The team frequently deals with cross-border estates for high–net-worth individuals."

    The Legal 500

  • "The team were extremely professional in putting my needs first. There was a joined-up approach to catering for the client, and all lawyers involved were briefed and constructive."

    Chambers UK

  • The situation was handled by your extremely competent, efficient hands - I would not hesitate to recommend Osbornes to others.

    Wills, Probate and Disputed Estate Client

  • "Service prompt and effective. I have absolute confidence in Maggie."

    Wills, Probate & Disputed Estates Client

  • I am happy with the service that I got and would recommend you to other potential clients.

    Wills, Probate & Disputed Estates Client

  • I found Osbornes always very helpful and efficient.

    Wills, Probate & Disputed Estates Client

  • We are very pleased with the services of Osbornes. Highly professional and through with close attention to detail.

    Wills, Probate & Disputed Estates Client

  • 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

  • Thanks for all your work and explaining everything so clearly. For any legal matters in the future I would not hesitate in instructing Osbornes.

    Wills, Probate & Disputed Estates Client

  • We have found your service to date as the most informative we have come across.

    Wills, Probate & Disputed Estates Client

  • Osbornes Solicitors always responded promptly to any request for information I had.

    Wills, Probate & Disputed Estates Client

  • “Geoffrey’s affairs were dealt with just the right combination of friendliness and professionalism, which really helped.”

     

    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 would like to thank everyone in my case for the excellent job!

    Wills, Probate & Disputed Estates client

Katie's directory testimonials

Katie de Swarte and Elspeth Neilson...

Katie de Swarte and Elspeth Neilson have both instructed me recently, and both seemed to me to be able to build excellent relationships with their clients and to run their practices very efficiently

Legal 500 2022

Katie de Swarte is hardworking and...

Katie de Swarte is hardworking and has great empathy for her clients

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    Does your will deal with cross-border assets?

    If you own assets in more than one country, it’s important to make a robust Will that deals effectively...

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  2. 25.10.2021

    Inheritance Claims CFA Success Fee Judgment

    The Court of Appeal upholds the recoverability of CFA success fees in 1975 Act claims in the case of Hirachand v...

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  3. 20.10.2021

    Evidence Needed When Contesting A Will

    ‘Scrap King’ Multi-million Inheritance Dispute Confirms the High Standard of Evidence Needed to Contest a Will   Gary Goodwin, son of...

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  4. 20.10.2021

    Contentious Probate Dispute Surrounding Interpretation

    The ‘nil rate band’ offers an incentive to testators to make their will in a tax-efficient manner, maximising the amount...

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  5. 20.10.2021

    Handwriting Expert Witness Concludes Will Forgery

    It’s not unheard of for an individual to forge someone’s will with the aim of securing an inheritance....

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  6. 20.10.2021

    Contested Will Claim Succeeds on Capacity

    A sad case in which a bereaved father made a will without the requisite mental capacity to do so has...

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  7. 20.10.2021

    Contested Will Claim Against Estate Fails

    The recent reported case of Shearer v Shearer highlights that adult children cannot expect an estate to support their affluent...

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    14.9.2021

    Dealing with a Contentious Probate Claim

    Many people do not know what a contentious probate claim is until they have become embroiled in one. The root...

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  9. 8.9.2021

    Will dispute on grounds of lack of capacity

    Osbornes Law acts for the potential claimants, the adult daughters of the deceased who assert his last Will to be...

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  10. 12.5.2021

    Writing a will stops loved ones being frozen...

    An estimated 59% of the UK population have not made a will, so when one half of a couple dies unexpectedly,...

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  11. 27.11.2020

    LPAs: How to prevent a loved one entrusting...

    Record numbers of us are entrusting our finances to loved ones, with over 800,000 Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) registered a...

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