SA04/05/2 - Senior Associate, Contentious Trust and Probate Disputes

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Posted: 24/05/2023 11:00
Start Date: Not Available
Salary: Competitive
Location: Putney
Level: Senior Associate
Deadline: 08/03/2024 23:59
Hours: 35.00
Benefits: Available upon application
Job Type: Full Time

We are looking for an experienced, technically strong and ambitious private wealth disputes specialist to join our well regarded and friendly team based in our Putney  Office.

We have an established reputation in the market for providing an excellent holistic service to our clients who include HNW individuals, professional trustees and not-for-profits. The practice has for many years been consistently recognised in both the Legal 500 (band 2) and Chamber & Partners HNW (band 3).  We are looking for a Senior Associate to help grow our team and our reputation further. 

The cases you will work on include:

  • Multi-jurisdictional estate disputes including domicile disputes.
  • Challenges in relation to the validity or construction of wills.
  • Acting for trustees and beneficiaries in relation to breach of trust claims, applications for directions or removal.
  • Claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.
  • Property beneficial ownership / TLATA disputes.
  • Professional negligence claims relating to wills, trusts or tax advice.
  • Contested applications in the Court of Protection
  • Risk management services in relation to stress testing trust structures or estate planning, in conjunction with our Private Client team. 

In addition to running your own case load, you will also contribute to the success of the team by:

  • Providing a thoughtful, first class service to every client.
  • Engaging in the supervision and development of more junior team members.
  • Contributing to business development initiatives and developing key contacts.
  • Assisting in developing systems and-processes that provide for a happy satisfied team.


Technical skills and expertise

Ideally you will:

  • Have at least 5 years’ experience working in a well-regarded contentious trusts and probate team and be enthused and committed to this area of work.
  • Be well versed in providing a thoughtful, first class service to every client.
  • Have strong analytical skills backed up by sound academics.
  • Be used to working – and thinking – independently and creatively.
  • Be able to manage your own caseload and prioritise work effectively.
  • Enjoy working as part of a team with colleagues and clients alike.


Your career development

Russell-Cooke’s lawyers are rounded professional advisers with strong commercial awareness and a commitment to exceeding client expectations. All our lawyers benefit from our cohort based career development programme. We understand the importance of building an internal network and have developed this excellent cohort programme to allow our lawyers to work together across the significant range of practice areas and share their knowledge, experiences and networks.

At each stage of your career, and as you move through the cohorts, a bespoke training programme will be provided to support you with your development and progression.

About Us

We are a top 100 legal firm with around 200 highly regarded specialist lawyers across 16 departments and three offices. Our breadth of expertise means we work for a mix of commercial, not-for-profit and private clients. Our commitment to public funding is in particular unusual for a top 100 firm.

We give our people the chance to contribute from the outset within an open and inclusive culture. We offer an excellent opportunity to join a stimulating work environment, working alongside friendly and supportive colleagues.

Salary and benefits

We offer competitive salaries, agile working and generous benefits. We maintain a busy programme of events for our thriving office communities. Our activities are as diverse as our work and our people.

We welcome direct applications. If you would like any further information about the firm please contact a member of the HR team.

We have a diverse workforce and aim to attract high calibre applicants that reflect the demography of our geographical location and client base. Individuals will be employed solely on merit and the requirement of the position. No applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of sex, race, marital status, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender Identity or religion. Reasonable adjustments will be made to eliminate or reduce disadvantage.

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