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VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards)

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Michelle Rose

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VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards)

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Private Client




How Can Michelle Help You?

Michelle leads our Private Client department in Bristol and its specialist team of 7 qualified and dedicated solicitors. The team work with clients who are faced with disputes arising out of Wills, probate and trusts.

Having many years of litigation experience in this area, Michelle is now recognised as one of the leading individuals in this uniquely specialised area of law. Michelle is highly regarded for her commercial and strategic awareness and has the ability to tailor and create the right team and strategy for clients.

Meeting Your Needs

Michelle understands that each clients needs are different and in particular the importance of ensuring that the value of any Estate, large or small, where there is a dispute, is not eroded by expensive legal costs.

You can be confident that Michelle and her team will handle your dispute with both sensitivity and with the benefit of many years of litigation experience.

What Others Say

Chambers and Partners recommend Michelle as a leading individual, 'respected by her peers and clients alike'. She is 'a true specialist' on contentious matters.

Legal 500 considers the team to be one of the best for contentious probate and describes Michelle as 'a bright, tough litigator and excellent with clients', that she 'has a much-needed calm and reassuring presence', and that she is 'a tough and highly skilful lawyer'.

The ‘approachable and exceptionally capable’ Michelle Rose heads the team at VWV, which often acts as court-appointed independent administrator and trustee. The team is rated by clients as ‘providing a very professional level of service that is simply excellent’. - Legal 500

A client for whom Michelle has recently resolved an acrimonious family trust dispute says 'Michelle … is just brilliant to have on your side. Not only is she personally lovely to work with, Michelle is a real expert and professional. … Michelle's great intelligence and strategic approach singles her out … In my own profession I work with lawyers frequently: many of them are bright and impressive but none as capable as Michelle.'

Another client for whom Michelle settled an acrimonious will dispute says 'I expected expert legal advice, that is what I'm paying for. What I didn't expect was such compassion, sensitivity and personal service, it was amazing. Thank you.'


Michelle was one of the first regional members of the Association of Contentious Trusts and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS).

London: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate

Within: Contentious trusts and probate

VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards) provides ‘swift and intelligent advice. The team as a whole has extensive knowledge and experience. It is really great to have a team of experts who work together (rather than individually) for you’. The ‘outstandingMichelle Rose leads the team, and is ‘empathetic, efficient and highly knowledgeable’. Senior associate Fiona Lawrence is ‘reliable and determined to help, and has a profound knowledge of this area of law. She gives very prompt and thorough explanations’; and Bristol-based associate Julia Hardy ‘fights her clients’ corner well’. The firm is acting for award-winning Guardian journalist Decca Aitkenhead and her two sons in a proprietary estoppel claim and an Inheritance Act claim against the estate of her late partner.

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South West: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate

Within: Leading individuals

Michelle Rose - VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards)

Within: Contentious trusts and probate

Combining ‘a prompt service’ and ‘excellent communication’ with a ‘professional yet personal approach’, VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards) is noted for its ability at ‘handling complex and high value cases’, including cross-border disputes as well as testamentary capacity and professional negligence claims. Michelle Rose heads the ‘very strong’ team, which ‘focuses on getting a resolution in a timely way’ and is ‘just the sort of champion the client wants to resolve the dispute’. She was, alongside estate administration expert Mary McCrorie, appointed by the court as independent administrator in a complex and deadlocked estate dispute. The team also includes two highly recommended senior associates: Fiona Lawrence, who is ‘able to clearly and succinctly define the boundaries of a problem, inspiring confidence in the accuracy of her conclusions’, and Marianne Nankervis, who is ‘experienced and gives robust and practicable advice’. In 2016, the group represented a wealthy landowner in professional negligence proceedings against two legal service providers for the defective drafting of a deed, and handled several proprietary and multimillion-pound Inheritance Act claims.

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Within: Family

VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards) mainly advises on high-value financial settlements related to divorce and unmarried family financial disputes. Clients include senior executives, entrepreneurs, landowners, property developers as well as professionals and media stars. The team was bolstered with the hire from Co-operative Legal Services of Samantha Hickman, who has a wealth of experience in acting for clients in matrimonial and cohabitation disputes as well as disputes involving children. She is ‘an instantly engaging solicitor’ who ‘responds promptly’, ‘keeps clients up to date with all relevant information’, and is ‘straightforward, very personable and easy to work with’. Senior associate Sally Rushton is recommended for handling matrimonial finance matters involving significant businesses and partnerships and inheritance issues. Michelle Rose heads the team.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate

Within: Personal tax, trusts and probate

VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards) is ‘proactive, diligent and expeditious’. It ‘looks beyond the face-value facts, endeavouring to look under the bonnet of a client’s circumstances’. The team advises on estate and trust issues involving inheritance, capital gains and stamp duty land tax. Recent work covers the administration of estates and trusts, setting up lifetime trusts, and assisting on succession planning for high-net-worth individuals and individuals with vulnerable adult children. The team, led by Michelle Rose, includes the ‘astute yet intuitiveMary McCrorie, whose,‘thorough questioning helps extract from clients exactly what their needs and preferences are’. Her ability to think "outside the box" is also ‘particularly refreshing’. Senior associate Helen Robertson’s expertise lies in the administration of trusts and inheritance tax planning. Associate Megan Alexander joined from Meade King LLP in January 2017.

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