Expertise

Jemma advises on a broad range of trust related actions, including trustee-beneficiary disputes, applications for the removal of trustees and complex restructurings, for UK-based and offshore trusts. Jemma also assists with the resolution of estate related disputes, including claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.

Recognition

As well as being recognised as a Rising Star in the Legal 500 directory for 2021 and 2022, Jemma was also described as, “a future star”, “a very safe pair of hands”, “a talented associate who combines pragmatism with a detailed knowledge of trusts and probate law” and “a very engaged, knowledgeable associate, keeping everyone else on their toes – someone you want on your side”.

Experience

Acting in a reported case in 2019 for the litigation friend appointed on behalf of a legitimated child, in which the court approved a proposed appointment for the benefit of the child in question. Anonymity was successfully obtained in the application due to sensitive information about the family’s wealth and the child’s legitimacy.

Career

Jemma read Law at Queen Mary University, London and graduated the Legal Practice Course with distinction from BPP Law School in Holborn in 2011. Jemma completed her training contract at Wilsons Solicitors, qualifying into the firm’s London office in 2015. From there, Jemma joined Wedlake Bell in 2018 before moving to Stewarts in 2021.

Accreditations and Memberships

  • eprivateclient’s Top 35 Under 35, 2019
  • Legal 500 Rising Star in Contentious Trusts and Probate, 2021 and 2022
  • Member of the Association of Contentious Trusts and Probate Solicitors (ACTAPS)

Publications

“Remote witnessing of Wills – what could possibly go wrong?”, Entitlement Winter 2020/21 edition, November 2020.

“In whose best interest?”’, New Law Journal, February 2019

“Ignorance is not an excuse”, Wealth Briefing, December 2018

Personal

Jemma enjoys cooking and travel (and combining the two), particularly in South East Asia and city breaks in Europe.