Jan Atkinson > Osbornes > London, England > Lawyer Profile


Work Department

Private Client
Wealth planning, high value and complex estate administrations, international estates with cross border issues and contentious probate & trust cases.
Inheritance Act 1975


Partner and head of private client department. Jan specialises in wills, probate and trusts with a focus on wealth planning, high value estate administrations, contested Wills, international estates and contentious probate and trusts cases. Jan and her team are based in the firm’s Hampstead and Camden offices. Jan is a registered Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP) and a registered Contentious Trust and Probate Specialist (CTAPS). She is a well known figure in the private client field, in large part as a result of her active role on the Law Society Private Client Section Executive Committee and her membership of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS). Jan also writes regularly on wills and inheritance issues.


Trained Attwater & Liell, Harlow; qualified 1987; Holman Fenwick & Willan 1988-89; Richards Butler 1989-91; partner Osbornes 1994; co-author ‘Cohabitation’ (Sweet & Maxwell 1999) – co-wrote chapter ‘Inheritance and Succession’; registered trust and estate practitioner (TEP); registered contentious trusts and probate specialists (CTAPS).


Executive committee of Private Client Section of Law Society; Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP); Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialist (ACTAPS).


Heanor Grammar School; University of Sheffield (BA Hons History); King’s College, University of London (PGCE); Nottingham Law School (CPE (Commendation)); Law Society Finals).


Horse riding, tennis, cinema, opera, travel.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Private client > Contentious trusts and probate

The agile team at Osbornes acts for a wide range of high-net-worth individuals and families in complex estate and trust litigation, advising on a wide array of contentious trust and estate matters. The department handles complex and high-value litigation on behalf of individuals and trust companies and many of its cases have a cross-border dimension.  It is ‘always a delight’ to deal with the head of department Jan Atkinson. The practice is also frequently appointed by the court as an independent administrator and litigation friend to resolve long running disputes.

London > Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate

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Jan Atkinson  heads the practice at Osbornes that is ‘very approachable and knowledgeable’. Jenny Walsh  is another key member of the group.