Lorna Spear

Partner
  • Experience

Lorna was admitted as a Solicitor in January 2004 and is a Partner in our Private Client Advisory Team. She acts for a wide range of clients including business owners, entrepreneurs and landowners in relation to wills, tax planning and probate matters. Lorna also acts for trustees and beneficiaries, advising on all aspects of trust law and the creation, management and restructuring of family trusts.

Lorna has a particular interest in disputed probate and trust matters and undertakes independent PR and trustee appointments.

Prior to joining Birketts Lorna trained at an East Anglian firm and worked in the highly regarded private client department of a London firm.

Recent experience:

  • Advising trustees of a landed estate on strategies to simplify complex trust and partnership arrangements.
  • Administering a farming estate and implementing a trust structure for the benefit of the next generation in the deceased’s will.
  • Acting as a court appointed PR in a complex estate involving a disputed will.
  • Advising trustees on a number of linked inter-generational family trusts and implementing new trust arrangements.
  • Advising beneficiaries involved in a family trust dispute.
  • Negotiating successful outcomes with HMRC in a deceased’s estate on the availability of agricultural property relief and business property relief.

Lorna is ranked in band 1 by Chambers HNW [UK 2023]. A source in this edition notes: “Lorna is good, competent, easy to deal with, knowledgeable and great at all things. I respect her as an individual and also highly respect the legal advice she gives me.”

Lorna is also recommended and named as a ‘Leading Individual’ by Legal 500 [UK 2024].

Lorna is based in our Ipswich office.

Lorna is ranked in band 1 by Chambers HNW [UK 2023]. A source in this edition notes: “Lorna is good, competent, easy to deal with, knowledgeable and great at all things. I respect her as an individual and also highly respect the legal advice she gives me.”

In the previous edition, a client notes “Lorna possesses an ability to inspire confidence in the advice she offers, which makes working with her very easy”.

Interviewees in an earlier edition remark: “She is professional, friendly and approachable, and nothing is too much trouble.” A market insider reports: “She is very nice to deal with; she is a good private client lawyer. If I had a conflict I would be very comfortable recommending Lorna, and I have done in the past.”

Lorna is recommended and named as a ‘Leading Individual’ by Legal 500 [UK 2024].

Lorna sits on the Norfolk committee of the Country Land and Business Association.

Awards and Memberships

Legal 500 Leading Individual 2024 logo
Chambers High Net Worth 2023 Logo Lorna Spear

Lorna is good, competent, easy to deal with, knowledgeable and great at all things. I respect her as an individual and also highly respect the legal advice she gives me.

Chambers High Net Worth [UK 2023]

She is professional, friendly and approachable, and nothing is too much trouble.

Chambers HNW [UK 2021]

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