Contentious Trusts Partner (London)

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Contentious Trusts Partner (London)

Job Type
Full time

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Dispute Resolution and Litigation team in JMW’s City of London office.

We are looking for an experienced solicitor to join at Salaried Partner level to develop our contentious trust and probate work in our London office. Applicants will need to have some following of work or the ability to develop one and should have a STEP or ACTAPS qualification or be able to demonstrate equivalent experience.

The successful candidate will run a caseload of primarily contentious Trusts matters, with some contentious probate work.

Hybrid working options are available.

Role Responsibilities

1.     Develop and manage a caseload of contentious trusts and probate matters, including will disputes, inheritance claims, trust disputes, and contested probate cases.

2.     Conduct legal research and analysis to provide accurate and strategic advice to clients.

3.     Draft legal documents, including letters of claim, pleadings, witness statements, and court submissions.

4.     Attend hearings, mediations, and settlement negotiations on behalf of clients.

5.     Build and maintain strong relationships with clients, providing regular updates and managing expectations effectively.

6.     Keep abreast of developments in contentious trusts and probate law and contribute to the continuous improvement of the firm's legal services.

Person Specification

  • Minimum 7 years’ PQE
  • Proven track record of handling complex contentious trusts cases from inception to resolution.
  • Strong knowledge of relevant legislation, case law, and procedural rules.
  • Excellent drafting skills with the ability to prepare clear and persuasive legal documents.
  • Effective communication and negotiation skills, with the ability to build rapport with clients and colleagues.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively within a team environment.
  • Commitment to providing high-quality legal services and achieving the best possible outcomes for clients.
  • Evidence of a client following or clear potential to develop one.
  • Keen interest in marketing and business development.

Working for JMW  

As well as a rewarding career, JMW offer staff many other opportunities and benefits, including:

  • A minimum of 25 days' annual leave (increasing with length of service) plus office closure between Christmas and New Year
  • A one hour early finish, one Friday a month
  • Two days a year to do charitable work
  • The opportunity to get involved in sports teams, hobby clubs, and social events
  • Access to our Employee Assistance Programme and trained Mental Health First Aiders
  • Annual promotions process open to all staff

More information about our benefits and company culture can be found on the careers home page.


To apply please send your CV and Cover Letter to, stating the job reference above.