Jayne Smith leads the wills and probate department at Nottingham based Rothera Sharp Solicitors. It is one of the largest departments in the East Midlands with seven offices covering the city centre and suburbs.
Jayne is able to advise on wills, probate, Court of Protection, lasting powers of attorney, elderly client and tax planning issues. She is a member of the Law Society’s Private Client section and sits on the Nottinghamshire Law Society International Committee which organises twinning events with the Bars of Karlsruhe and Ghent.
Jayne is based at the Wollaton office and has strong connections with the community there.
Qualifications & Experience
Jayne is a partner and heads the firm’s Wills department. She has over 30 years’ experience as a Wills and Probate solicitor. Jayne attended Manchester Metropolitan University where she obtained a degree in Law with French in 1981. In 1982 Jayne joined German and Soar solicitors (incorporated into Rothera Dowson in 2001, which became Rothera Sharp in 2016) as an articled clerk and qualified in 1984, opening the Wollaton office in 1986 and becoming a partner in the firm in 1988. Jayne is a member of the Law Society’s Private Client section and is fluent in French.
Wills, Probate and Trusts
Director of J E S Smith Ltd
Partner at Rothera Sharp
Head of Wills and Probate
Member of the Nottinghamshire Law Society International Committee
Areas of Specialism
Wills, Probate and Trusts
Powers of Attorney
Court of Protection
Crocheting and Knitting
Law Society Private Client Section
"Very professional and reassuring guidance through complexity involved when someone dies. I particularly liked the way all the options were clearly set out before commissioning the work."
"I found Jayne very professional and helpful. She came to our house each time, knowing that we had mobility problems."
"Rothera Sharp Solicitors is particularly well regarded for trusts work. Led by Jayne Smith, the team also handles the administration of high-value estates and advises clients on tax efficient structures, as well as Court of Protection issues and work with vulnerable and elderly clients."
Legal 500, 2017
"We continue to come back to Rothera Sharp because we have always found their staff to be very professional, helpful and efficient."
"Brilliant service as always with Rothera Sharp. Very professional and efficient service guaranteed."
"Jayne is always professional, appropriately friendly and gives clear, understandable advice."
"We found Rothera Sharp extremely helpful. Everything was explained clearly. We would recommend them to family and friends."
"I have used Rothera Sharp for several years now and have always been pleased with the professional service I have received."
"I used Rothera Sharp's Wollaton office because it was local to me. I always found Jayne Smith very welcoming and professional. Her guidance was very constructive and extremely helpful."
Mr R Lowe
"Friendly, knowledgeable, helpful and did what I asked efficiently and effectively whilst providing great clarity and clear guidance when and where needed."
"My issue had been ongoing for over a decade. The other side were obstructive and awkward from the beginning and I was losing hope it would ever be sorted to a satisfactory degree. Jayne was an absolute hero-she listened to my concerns and kept me informed every step of the way. I couldn't have done any of this without her expertise and reassurance, and I'll be forever grateful to her."
"It has been good for me, both personally and as a business owner, to be able to deal with one company who employ good specialists in all areas I have required. I know you are a relatively small local firm but you have the feel of a much larger organisation!"
"I have always had excellent service from the Wollaton office, over a range of services, for many years. Jayne and her staff are always very helpful, and keep you informed through the process. I have no hesitation in recommending them."
"I have been a client of the firm for many years and have to say that I have always had professional, speedy and accurate service. It has always been done in a friendly and approachable way. Jayne has looked after my affairs in superb fashion and I have nothing but praise for her. Many thanks for running an excellent firm of solicitors!"
Alan B of Bramcote
"The Firm is active in promoting the interests of elderly clients across the region. It administered over 160 estates and 110 trusts over the past year. Jayne Smith is head of wills and probate trusts."
Legal 500, 2014
"The team, which is headed by Jayne Smith, is also active in promoting the interests of elderly clients."
Legal 500, 2016