Contentious Probate Lawyer

Harrogate, North Yorkshire
Negotiable depending on experience
02 Aug 2017
02 Sep 2017
Practice area
Private client
Full time
Contract type

Reputable commercial law firm in Harrogate requires an additional Solicitor for its’ Litigation department. You will join a busy and friendly team handling own litigation caseload – mainly contentious probate matters (around 80%) with some commercial litigation work (around 20%) and working with the Head of Dispute Resolution. The role will therefore be varied and require versatility and an openness to deal with a range of matters. Part time candidates will be considered.

The probate work will be varied and include:

  • Challenging the validity of Wills and lifetime transfers
  • Administration actions (Part 64 actions and rectification of Wills)
  • PR and Trustee disputes (removal of PRs and Trustees)
  • Proprietary Estoppel actions
  • Claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975
  • Trust Actions
  • Court of Protection Disputes

You will be expected to handle some commercial litigation matters (though training on this can be provided) including:

  • Contract disputes
  • Shareholder and partnership disputes
  • Commercial Landlord and tenant disputes
  • Intellectual property disputes including IP infringement and passing off – emanating particularly from the commercial teams specialism in “digital” or technology matters
  • Debt recovery, but not bulk debt collection.

The team is well regarded and the successful candidate would also be expected to contribute to business development and be pro-active in participating in marketing initiatives, including writing newspapers articles and blogs, attending networking events and presenting at seminars. 

You will need:

  • At least 2 years PQE as a Private Client Solicitor with good experience in contentious trust and probate matters.
  • Experience of commercial litigation matters would be advantageous but not essential.
  • Membership of, or willingness to study for Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists qualification would be an advantage.
  • To be highly organised with the ability to work to deadlines and to prioritise conflicting objectives.
  • Good numerical and IT skills.

Salary is competitive depending on experience. Benefits include; flexi time, company pension scheme, 25 days annual leave plus Bank Holidays, death in service benefit, health insurance, cycle to work scheme, childcare vouchers and on-site parking on paid and rota basis.

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