Nicholas Turner


As Head of the Private Client Department Nick is responsible for the future development of the Department and its continued success in an ever more challenging environment. He sets the standard in treating clients, often in stressful or bereaved circumstances, with dignity, humanity and sympathy. This has lead to the Private Client Department securing a Tier 1 rating with Legal 500 for South-East England, one of only 4 firms to do so.

Nick has a great deal of pride in the last 250 years of history of the firm and enormous confidence in its future, demonstrated by his huge commitment to coaching of trainee Solicitors, the professional standards to which the next generation should aspire and his enjoyment of their success.

"Nicholas Turner at the ‘excellent’ Debenhams Ottaway solicitors ‘typifies the firm’s strength as a competent, approachable and client-friendly firm’."
Legal 500, 2014

“Debenhams Ottaway ‘compares favourably with City firms’, with clients praising Nicholas Turner’s ‘technical competence’, ‘longstanding experience’ and ‘empathy’.” Legal 500 2015

“We very much valued: the thorough approach with attention to detail on what was a complicated and long case, the regular information sharing and communication and the way you sought out our own opinions, your sensitive involvement with my elderly and unwell parents. We felt we were dealing with a solicitor who had high professional standards alongside the ability to show kindness and compassion.” Individual Client

Skills & Expertise

As a Private Client Solicitor with more than 30 years experience, Nick acts in complicated Wills, Trusts and Probate cases, and all aspects of elderly care, often as Court of Protection Deputy and also as independent Personal Representative in cases of disputed Estate Administration.

He also specialises in Tax planning work for individuals and trusts.

He is an author for Butterworths on Wills Drafting, and has written and contributed to several books for the Consumers’ Association on Wills Probates, Residential Property and Tax matters.

He has been a lecturer on Succession for the London University LLB degree course and is a frequent and engaging speaker at Seminars for clients and professionals.

Nicholas Turner
Contact details:
Location:St Albans
T: 01727 735623 (DDI)
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Office address:
Ivy House
107 St Peter's Street
St Albans

T: 01727 837161
F: 01727 830506

Background & Qualifications

1955:  Born Nottingham and studied Gary Sobers at Trent Bridge 1968 -1975
1978: LLB (Hons) (Lond)
2(i)  UCL
1981 to date: Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales
1979 -1981: Articles of Clerkship with Pickering Kenyon
1983 -1999 Assistant Solicitor and Partner (1985) at Hall Clark
1999  to date: Partner at Turner and Debenhams (now Debenhams Ottaway)

Practice Areas:
Will drafting
Administration of Estates
Tax planning
Elderly care
Care Home fees

Professional Memberships

Law Society
Society of  Trust and
Estate Practitioners
Hertfordshire Law Society
HLS Trusts/Probate Committee
Bentham Club
ECB Qualified Cricket Umpire