Wolsey Probate was formed as a division of Anglia Research Services in order to provide a service to clients who require a professional, seamless and efficient administration of their intestate relative’s estate.

Many probate practitioners deal with only a few intestate estates in their career, whereas intestacy administration forms the majority of Wolsey Probate’s caseload.

We are experts in applying the rules of intestacy, in dealing with complex family relationships, and in ensuring that all entitled beneficiaries receive what is due to them.

Because of our track record and day-to-day familiarity with all the legal and practical problems that intestacy can bring, our work is streamlined and our charges are very reasonable.

Our dedicated team is approachable and friendly: we will always help clients to understand the probate process and to keep track of how a case is progressing.


Joanne Clayden

Joanne Clayden, LLB (Hons)

Head of Probate

Email: joanneclayden@wolsey-probate.co.uk

Joanne qualified as a solicitor in 2001. Previously with international law firm Eversheds, she joined Wolsey Probate in 2009 to head up our in-house administration team which assists with every stage of the legal process from applying for a grant of letters of administration, to valuing the deceased’s assets.

Nick Ingham

Nick Ingham, LLB (Hons)

Legal Manager

E-mail: nickingham@wolsey-probate.co.uk

Nick joined the company in 2006 from a claims litigation background of over 20 years with solicitors and insurers. Nick was pivotal in setting up a new legal practice in 2001 to handle volume claimant personal injury work sourced from blue chip referrers. He brought with him a wealth of business experience, in addition to being a keen family historian.

Louise Kneller

Louise Kneller, LLB (Hons) LLM

Probate Officer

E-mail: louisekneller@wolsey-probate.co.uk

Louise is a graduate in law at undergraduate and masters level. She joined Wolsey Probate from Sue Ryder, where she was responsible for all legacy administration within the charity, and gained a thorough working knowledge of probate processes. Her skills and experience ensure the smooth operation of a complex caseload.

Sue Underwood

Sue Underwood

Probate Officer

E-mail: sueunderwood@wolsey-probate.co.uk

Sue joined Anglia Research from Birketts, which is ranked as a top 100 UK law firm and highly rated for probate work. Having spent 17 years at Birketts as a probate executive specialising in intestate estates, Sue has a huge fund of practical experience. She attends to all aspects of estate administration and particularly relishes complex cases.

Rosie Kelly

Rosie Kelly, BA (Hons)

Legal Researcher

E-mail: rosiekelly@angliaresearch.co.uk

Rosie has a first class degree in English Literature from York University. She is studying to become a chartered legal executive and achieved a distinction in the first set of CILEX exams. She supports the legal research team, working from our Leeds office.

Nicki Brumby

Nicki Brumby

Legal Secretary

E-mail: nickibrumby@wolsey-probate.co.uk

Nicki has many years’ experience as a legal secretary working for leading regional law firms. With extensive knowledge of dealing with probate matters, Nicki is organised, articulate and is an excellent addition to our growing team.

Bev Powell

Beverley Powell

Legal Secretary

E-mail: beverleypowell@wolsey-probate.co.uk

With more than three decades’ experience as a legal secretary, including many years working for top city law firms, Beverley’s typing speed is in excess of 80 wpm. Together with her efficiency and helpful attitude, this makes her an invaluable member of the probate team.

Sheila Smith

Sheila Smith

Company Secretary & Finance

E-mail: sheilasmith@wolsey-probate.co.uk

With a thorough understanding of business accounting and the intricacies of probate estate distribution, Sheila is responsible for the smooth running of the finance department.

Vanessa Whitmore

Vanessa Whitmore

Accounts Assistant

E-mail: vanessawhitmore@wolsey-probate.co.uk

With a background in sales, bookkeeping and business accounts, Vanessa supports the in-house finance team.

What we do

Broadly speaking, there are three stages of work involved in estate administration.


Here’s what some of our clients say:

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Peace of mind

For your peace of mind:

As a division of Anglia Research Services Ltd, Wolsey Probate:

Contact us


 01473 230000
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 Wolsey Probate
 4 Museum Street
 IP1 1HT
 United Kingdom