Michelle Rose > VWV > Bristol, England > Lawyer Profile

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Work Department

Contentious Trusts and Probate




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.”

“She has a fantastic reputation. She’s great and she gives very practical advice. If I were to instruct a litigator, I would want someone like her.” Client

“The outstanding Michelle Rose leads the team, and is empathetic, efficient and highly knowledgeable.” Legal 500

“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.” Legal 500

“VWV provides an outstanding service with the sensible and approachable Michelle Rose at the helm.” – Legal 500

“Head of the department Michelle Rose is ‘the visionary leading the firm from strength to strength’ and is currently acting on ten substantial and complex estates as an independent administrator.” – Legal 500

“Michelle Rose and senior associate Fiona Lawrence are ‘both excellent, with excellent client service and good commercial sense.” – Legal 500

“She is an extremely good lawyer and as sharp as a razor.” –
Chambers’ HNW Guide

“Michelle Rose is a “very highly regarded” litigator who specialises in representing clients in wills, probate and trusts disputes. “She is very, very good indeed.” –
Chambers HNW 2019


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

Lawyer Rankings

West Midlands > Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate

The ‘dedicated and knowledgeable‘ team at VWVputs the client at the heart of everything that it does’. It does the full range of private client work for wealthy clients such as business owners, farming families, politicians, private banks and charities. It is ably led by the ‘exceptional’ Rachael Armstrong  who is Birmingham based and by Michelle Rose who is at the Bristol office. The team is also skilled at advising on personal injury trusts.

London > Private client > Contentious trusts and probate

Led by the ‘extremely experienced’ Michelle Rose, the team at VWV is a ‘stable team’, which has ‘been together for a long time.’ It has an established national reputation for its work on various complex trusts and probate disputes, and its specialist legacy protection team continues to flourish along with its court of protection offering. Rose and Fiona Lawrence receive regular referrals to be appointed as independent administrators and trustees in various complex, high-value and deadlocked estates and trusts.

South West > Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate

Drawing praise from a host of clients, the Bristol-based team at VWV is capable of advising on an array of matters, from highly complex estate administrations to day-to-day wills and lasting powers of attorney matters. The practice is headed up by Michelle Rose, highly regarded for her commercial and strategic awareness, and Leila Goodarzi who is described as a ‘highly knowledgeable’ partner with ‘excellent client relationship skills.’ Henry Garden is noted for his trust advisory capabilities.



South West > Private client > Contentious trusts and probate

(Leading individuals)

Michelle RoseVWV

VWV is a key port of call for a deep roster of clients, who turn to the firm for its ‘exceptionally strong contentious trusts and probate team, with vast experience in a wide variety of issues’. The practice is particularly noted for its legacy protection and Court of Protection work, which significantly bolsters its offering to a number of higher education institutions and national charities. Michelle Rose heads the team; she regularly deals with matters involving household names and acts as an independent court appointed administrator. Fiona Lawrence, who has extensive experience in complex cross-border disputes, is also recommended.