Warrington, United Kingdom
I am an Associate Solicitor at FDR Law with 12 year’s post qualification litigation experience.
I think when you are asked to describe yourself it is best to reflect on the views of others.
In feedback my clients have described me as “friendly and approachable”, “down to earth” and “highly organised and effective”. By other professionals I have been described as “feisty” (a positive trait in a litigation lawyer) and pragmatic. I was once accused of being a bit “bossy” but I prefer assertive!
Solicitor - civil litigation
I specialise in “contentious probate” the little known term which encompasses cases which deal with inheritance disputes, will validity disputes, estate administration disputes and the like. In plain English anything where there is a dispute to do with the affairs, property and finances of somebody who has passed away. These sorts of issues of course arise at the most difficult and sensitive of times. Whilst “feisty” and “assertive” I am sensitive to the emotional strain that these cases bring to families. My team and I pride ourselves on building a rapport with our clients and being their trusted advisors throughout the process.
I am a lawyer who likes to get the job done. Where faced with problems and adversity I prefer to expend energy on finding a solution rather than complaining of the issue. This I find to produce the best results in the most cost effective manner.
I am amongst an elite group of lawyers with the ACTAPS (Association of Contentious Trusts and Probate Probationers) qualification, highlighting my expertise in the area of “contentious Probate”. The accreditation was gained having completed a three year part time course through The College of Law. ACTAPS membership demonstrates my expertise in this field.
My practice areas also include disputed Court of Protection proceedings, trust disputes and professional negligence. I represent clients all over the country and have an enviable network of Counsel and experts whom I employ.
2009 - 2012
1998 - 2001
LL.B (Hons.) – 2:1
2001 - 2002
Legal Practice Course - Commendation
I would thoroughly recommend Jennifer McGuinness, her colleague Stephen Lawson and FDR Law Solicitors
Jennifer McGuiness worked so hard on my behalf and I was impressed with the skills and professionalism, which she demonstrated in order to bring the matter to a successful conclusion
Thank you Jennifer McGuinness, you have been a great comfort and a sense of complete security to my parents
Throughout this experience, I observed how conscientious Jennifer McGuinness was in her preparation of my case. She was always prepared, and had undertaken all the necessary administrative steps to keep my case moving.
Jennifer McGuinness ensured that I was kept fully up to date and that any costs I incurred were fully explained to me, she understood my worries in this regard. I felt she was interested in my case and my situation.
Jennifer McGuinness always had time to listen to me and explain so I completely understood any issues, which arose; Her advice was sensible and emphatic
My client’s spouse passed away. They had a long marriage with a brief period of separation. The deceased amended his will during the period of separation to disinherit his then estranged wife. They later reconciled but he never got around to re-amending his will to include her. All of the matrimonial assets were in his sole name. This case was bitterly contested and resulted in a final trial. My client was successful in her claim and in recovering her costs.
I acted in an unusual case where my claimant client was seeking provision from her ex-husband’s estate. They had been married for 18 years and divorced for over 20 years. The ex-husband had remarried. My client had been receiving regular maintenance payments and relied on them. The Will made no provision for her. The case was successful at trial. An appeal was lodged and listed – the parties subsequently agreed on the terms of settlement and my client was successful in recovering her legal costs. The case had been funded by way of no win no fee agreement.
I represented an adult child seeking provision from the estate of his late mother from who he had been estranged for most of his life but had recently reconciled with. We were able to reach an early and amicable settlement without the need for reference to the Court.
I represeted a client whose partner passed away without a will. They were not married but had enjoyed a long relationship and had a child together. Under the intestacy rules his estate passed to the young child. It was necessary to bring a claim for reasonable financial provision from the estate and as such the child 9via a litigation friend) was a party. This case highlights the importance of making Wills particularly where there is a cohabite relationship – the intestacy rules do not provide to what some people consider to be a “common law” marriage. The case was settled without the need for trial.
Lack of Testamentary Capacity - Successfully settled a claim for Defendants where disappointed beneficiaries were seeking to challenge the validity of a will. The deceased suffered from a number of age related illnesses and other significant health problems but the evidence gathered supported that she had capacity to make the will.
Successfully revoked an enduring power of Attorney – where the attorney was misappropriating funds from his mother who lacked testamentary capacity. A successful deputyship application was made in favour of my client along with a successful application for a Statutory will which protected the patient’s funds and ensured that the attorney who had misappropriated funds would not administer the estate when the deceased passed away.
ACTAPS – Full Member
ACTAPS – Associate Member