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Contentious probate team expands to become one of biggest outside London

Pictured are Kate Wootton, Ben Lyon, Vincent Schumacher, Richard Thomas, Polly Coram, Laura Short and Martin Holdsworth


Jones Myers expertise in the field of contentious probate has been marked by double digit year-on-year growth – and a further two appointments in the last three months.

The seven-strong team – led by award-winning contentious wills, trusts & estates specialist, Martin Holdsworth – is one of the largest niche teams outside London and is commissioned by clients regionally, nationally and internationally.

The latest recruits are Ben Lyon, an associate member of ACTAPS who has amassed four years’ experience in dealing with contentious probate work – and Vincent Schumacher, a New Zealand solicitor who becomes dual qualified in 2017.

Martin Holdsworth, who sits on the national ACTAPS committee, is acknowledged as a leading individual in both the Chambers 2016 guide and the latest Legal 500 guide.

He said: “We have made this contentious area of law accessible to clients and referrers alike with fixed fee services and a humane approach to family disputes following the death of a loved one. We resolve matters through mediation or litigation – and always with the client’s goals at the forefront of our mind.

“Our ‘Yorkshire’ approach ensures we are frank, and we work hard to manage our client’s expectations from the outset. We also provide a number of different funding options to ensure our service is affordable for them.”

Applauded as ‘A genuinely brilliant firm’ in the Chambers 2016 UK guide, Jones Myers has again its retained its joint top position for Leeds, West Yorkshire and North Yorkshire family law firms in the latest Legal 500 rankings.

The practice’s lawyers boast a combined 250 years of legal experience and Jones Myers commitment to developing talent across the firm is reflected by seven new appointments in recent months.


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