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Freeths LLP

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45418 COWLEY

Jane Maitland

Work 01865 781104
Freeths LLP

Work Department

Private client/wills, trusts and probate.


Jane advises on wealth preservation through estate, succession and tax planning for farming, agricultural, landed and business clients through wills and trusts acting for UK-based and non-resident clients. She deals with complex estate administrations; private and charitable trusts; literary estates and Court of Protection work. Jane also acts as an independent administrator appointed by the Court in estates where there are family disputes and legal claims. Her work includes: trustee of multimillion pound trust holding a wide range of assets including commercial property, woodland, publicly and privately quoted shares; executor of a landed estate including agricultural and residential properties, agricultural land, animals, and personal chattels subject to conditional exemption from inheritance tax; advising the partners of a farming business in the exercise of an option to purchase a deceased’s partner’s share maximising the use of tax reliefs; creating, managing and dissolving trusts of shares in private limited companies; estate planning for farming partners grazing sheep and raising poultry, a farm shop, horses and holiday lets; deputy appointed by the Court of Protection to manage the affairs of clients incapable of managing their own financial affairs by reason of age infirmity or accident; managing multimillion pound clinical negligence awards on behalf of children or adults suffering brain injury; acting as independent administrator in contested estates; clerk to private charitable trust.


Qualified 1979, partner 2005.


Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.


Dartford Grammar School for Girls; 1975 BA (Hons) Modern English Studies.

London: Private client

Court of protection

Within: Court of protection

Freeths LLP  has an ‘excellent team’. Melanie Williams and Jane Maitland  have been appointed to the Office of the Public Guardian’s Panel of Deputies for sometime. The majority of its clients are brain injured and have received multimillion pound compensation awards. Other areas of expertise for the team include preparing expert reports on court of protection costs for litigation proceedings and preparing statutory wills and gift applications. It also acts as professional deputy for clients with valuable estates including several with large agricultural estates and businesses.

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South East: Private client

Agriculture and estates

Within: Leading individuals

Jane Maitland - Freeths LLP

Within: Agriculture and estates

Freeths LLP attracts praise for its 'excellent grasp of agricultural law', with clients singling out practice head Iain Davis ('approachable, very knowledgeable and supremely efficient'), Samantha Leigh ('highly knowledgeable and willing to go the extra mile') and the 'hugely efficientSarah Duffy as key figures among the sizeable team. Also recommended are tax, probate and trusts specialist Jane MaitlandBalvinder Jaj, who is noted for his focus on greenfield and brownfield site developments and agricultural lending, and Lesley Pollock, who specialises in the acquisition and disposal of country houses. In an illustration of the practice's agricultural property expertise, Duffy led the team assisting with a grant of promotion agreement over 25 acres of land near Didcot, Oxford, as well as acting on the acquisition of adjoining land and the negotiation and grant of an option agreement with the county council in respect a school expansion site. In another highlight, Leigh assisted the trustees of a landed estate with the letting of a listed manor house, including advising on the consequences of the removal of the land from a stewardship scheme and sale of entitlements.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40

Within: Leading individuals

Jane Maitland - Freeths LLP

Within: Personal tax, trusts and probate: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40

Freeths LLP has a ‘hugely experienced and knowledgeable team, but without the expense of a London firm’; it is renowned for its advice on trusts and tax for HNWIs, complex probate and trust administration, and Court of Protection matters, among others. National private client practice head Nigel Roots ‘runs a team of excellent individuals who deliver great results’, with his time split between the firm’s Oxford and London offices, acting for major educational institutions, landed estates and clients requiring multi-jurisdictional advice. Oxford office private client head Jane Maitland ‘is experienced and gives sound practical advice’, acting for HNWIs, company directors, farmers and academics on estate planning, as well as acting as executor and trustee of estates and trusts and as a court-appointed administrator in contested estates. Managing partner Sarah Foster is highly recommended for contentious trust and probate work.

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