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Russell-Cooke Solicitors | Senior Associate, Contentious Trust and Probate Disputes

8th February 2024
Russell-Cooke Solicitors

Russell-Cooke Solicitors are looking for an experienced, technically strong and ambitious private wealth disputes specialist to join their well regarded and friendly team based in their Putney Office.

They have an established reputation in the market for providing an excellent holistic service to their 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). They are looking for a Senior Associate to help grow their team and 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 their lawyers benefit from their cohort based career development programme. They understand the importance of building an internal network and have developed this excellent cohort programme to allow their 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 Russell-Cooke Solicitors

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

Russell-Cooke Solicitors give their people the chance to contribute from the outset within an open and inclusive culture. They offer an excellent opportunity to join a stimulating work environment, working alongside friendly and supportive colleagues.

Salary and benefits

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

Russell-Cooke Solicitors 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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