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Meet The Private Client Team

July 29, 2021

Our Private Client Team are experts in all aspects of Probate, Wills, Tax Planning and Lasting Powers of Attorney.

Our lawyers have looked after families for generations, and we owe this fact to the high calibre of service we provide.

Our team understands the emotional and financial impacts of planning for the future, which is why all your matters are handled with the utmost care and professionalism.

Meet your local experts:

Maxine Heppenstall – Director & Head of Private Client (Ilkley & Skipton)

As head of the Private Client department, Maxine overseas Private Client matters across our sites. She specialises in wills, probate, powers of attorney and Court of Protection matters.

What our clients say about Maxine:

“Excellent service. Would highly recommend yourself and your company to friends and relatives. Thank you so much for all your help and understanding with my father’s will. Your efficient and friendly service helped all our family through a difficult time.”


Stuart Rowland – Director (Silsden)

With his extensive knowledge of Inheritance tax planning, Stuart represents clients in inheritance tax matters, many of which include agricultural and business elements. He also handles matters relating to Wills, Probate and Trusts.

What our clients say about Stuart:

“Stuart is always very professional and approachable and makes you feel at ease. I would have no hesitation in recommending Stuart. A reliable and trustworthy firm.”


Bridget Rosie – Wills and Probate Executive (Skipton)

Bridget is a hugely respected practitioner in Skipton and beyond, thanks to her vast experience, diligence, warmth and attention to detail. She has helped many of our clients with Wills, Probate, Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection matters.

What our clients say about Bridget:

“110% positive feedback. From my first phone call, my options were clearly advised. Extremely impressed with the prompt, clear communications. Even more so as 300 miles away and a national lockdown. I would thoroughly recommend Bridget Rosie. Helpful and friendly service. Value for money.”


Rachel Hanson – Private Client Associate (Ilkley)

Rachel is a specialist in the field of Wills, Probate and Powers of Attorney. She is known for confidently navigating her clients through all stages of the process with friendliness and reassurance. Rachel is also passionate about guiding clients through some of the most difficult times in their lives.

What our clients say about Rachel:

“Rachel provided a friendly, courteous and professional service throughout. It was a pleasure to work with her and I would not hesitate to use the services of Walker Foster in the future.”


Jonny Cockayne – Private Client Executive (Northallerton)

Jonny has spent his entire legal career specialising in Wills & Probate. He has become well known in the Northallerton area and the surrounding parts of North Yorkshire for helping clients with a wide range of private client legal matters.

What our clients say about Jonny:

“Jonny was professional throughout the whole transition. He explained all aspects very clearly and patiently answered all our questions. His friendly manner made him a pleasure to deal with.”


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This article must not be construed as legal advice. All cases are different on their facts and you should consult with us directly on your case.

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