Cripps Harries Hall


Looking after the affairs of someone who has died can be daunting and stressful: if you are someone's executor or personal representative we can guide you, take over the routine tasks, and help you to sort out more complex issues.

Dealing with legal and financial formalities after death is normally the role of an executor, which is both a privilege and a responsibility. To be asked to be an executor is a mark of trust in you. It can be hard work, take time and leave you open to personal liability. Once you accept responsibility you can't easily hand it on to someone else.

What we do

First we help you with the formalities. Then we guide you through the process of winding up the estate, and agree with you a division of responsibilities. Executors often prefer us to deal with the routine correspondence, administration and accounts.

Should there be any problems we have the experience to help you to resolve them.

Why Cripps Harries Hall?

We have been working with families and estates for over 150 years, through many generations. Our national reputation for this work reflects our clients' satisfaction with the quality of what we do.

We are one of the first firms in the UK to be accredited as specialists in Wills and Probate under The Law Society's Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme (WIQS), which ensures best practice for clients. 

Next steps

For further information please contact our Kent lawyers, Chris Wilkinson or Simon Leney.


WIQS  STEP - UK & Ireland Finalist 2013/2014

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+ Cripps named one of Top 25 law firms in UK
Cripps Harries Hall has been named one of the UK’s top 25 legal firms for its services to private clients.
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  • Acting on administration of the estate of deceased business proprietors including arranging sales of businesses, crisis management of land and building assets owned by deceased persons estates.
Name Role Contact
John Allison Probate Manager +44 (0)1892 506 361
Ray Bennett Estates Manager +44 (0)1892 506 120
Simon Leney Partner +44 (0)1892 506 005
Chris Wilkinson Partner +44 (0)1892 506 184
Clare Woodland Associate (Chartered Legal Executive) +44 (0)1892 506 009
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Within the space of one week, two of our clients were conned using the same basic technique. As a result we want to share this information as widely as possible to avoid you or your relatives being defrauded in the same way.
Publications view all
+ CrippsLife issue 18 - Spring 2013
News, views and legal issues
+ CrippsLife issue 17 - Summer 2012
News, reviews and legal issues.
+ CrippsLife issue 16 - Spring 2012
News, reviews and legal issues of interest to private clients.
+ CrippsLife issue 15 - Summer 2011
Welcome to the latest issue of CrippsLife featuring news, reviews and legal issues.
+ CrippsLife issue 14 - Winter 2010
Welcome to CrippsLife and to a fresh look for our magazine previously called Private Lives. This reflects our new corporate identity and we hope you like it.
+ Private Lives issue 13 - Autumn/Winter 2009
The first hints of winter frosts are felt in Tunbridge Wells as this edition of Private Lives goes to print. Summer in Devon seems distant a memory now: at Paignton Zoo the keepers are busy with animals indoors and at Salcombe Dairy the ice cream delivery bicycle is garaged until the spring. Increasing unemployment affects clients at all levels and Roger Byard, back from his sabbatical, is giving strategic advice although there is a sense the worst may be behind us.
+ Private Lives issue 12 - Spring 2009
These are difficult times for everyone. The news is full of stories of redundancies, restructurings and businesses collapsing. But it doesn't all have to be negative; in every downturn there is an upside that can work to your advantage. In this issue, we take a look at some of the opportunities available. If you are a leaseholder, this is an excellent time to make an offer for the purchase of the freehold. Freehold values are calculated based on the value of the property;so if the property has dropped in value, so will the price of the freehold.
+ Private Lives issue 11 - Summer 2008
Summer has arrived with all its usual unpredictability; brilliant sunshine one day and monsoon rains the next. At Benington Lordship in Hertfordshire the Bott family plan their Chilli Festival with anticipation, hoping for good weather.
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+ Top rankings for merged law firm
Newly merged Cripps Harries Hall and Vertex Law has swept the board in an annual survey of the legal profession – setting a new regional benchmark.
+ Cripps private client practice grows international expertise with key hire.
Amanda Chapman (nee Nelson), formerly a partner at Taylor Wessing, has joined Cripps Harries Hall as a partner in the Private Client team.
+ Family Values
A recent high court case highlighted the potential problems which can arise when trustees with conflicting personal interests are appointed to an estate. Simon Leney explains.
+ Rising legal star Kate Arnold named in prestigious young achievers' list
It's an especially notable achievement in any profession, especially the complex legal field, so associate solicitor Kate Arnold has every reason to be proud.
+ Finalists revealed for STEP Private Client Awards
Cripps Harries Hall are in the running for at least two accolades for the prestigious STEP Private Client Awards 2012/13.
+ Caveat requests are now registered without checking for grant
Cripps Harries Hall Partner, Simon Leney comments

Key contacts

Simon Leney
+44 (0)1892 506 005
Chris Wilkinson
+44 (0)1892 506 184

What others say

Superlative service: "I find their level of service to be good, with timely responses and sound, appropriate advice."

Chambers UK - A Client's Guide to UK Solicitors

Cripps has an 'experienced department' of 'people of high calibre' including Chris Wilkinson and Mary-Anne Gribbon and acts for many wealthy individuals, politicians and sports professionals.

The Legal 500

Cripps Harries Hall is a 'go-to firm' for tax, trusts and probate work.

The Legal 500

"Effective, efficient and great listeners."

Chamber UK - A Client's Guide to UK Solicitors

"Extremely efficient in what it does", the five-partner team at Cripps Harries Hall LLP offers "timely, well thought out advice that is delivered with expertise" in all tax, trust and probate matters.

The Legal 500