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Nicholas Turner


As partner and head of our highly successful private client team, Nicholas is one of the most outstanding private client lawyers in the region. With several strings to his well practised bow, Nicholas specialises in complex Wills, trusts and probate cases, whilst also working with a large number of charities and, in addition, advising on care for the elderly.

Nicholas is applauded for his technical competence and his ability to explain complicated matters clearly and simply. Clients also comment on his unfailing courtesy and good nature.


May I take this opportunity of saying thank you, to you and your staff, for the excellent service and sound advice provided to me and my sister when dealing with our mother’s estate. Collecting the finances and selling the house was a lot more time consuming than I ever anticipated. Your advice and patience throughout the probate process has been really appreciated. Learning throughout this process has encouraged me to simplify my affairs and after the summer I'll book an appointment with you to review our wills and our financial planning. I am delighted that you managed to get the Revenue & Customs to accept the valuation reduction and with the resulting prompt refund. Your advice and actions to be persistent with the Revenue gave us the outcome we were hoping for.

Mr M

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.

Debenhams Ottaway’s ‘competent, professional and efficient’ practice has notable expertise in private wealth management and elderly care. Recommended individuals include Nicholas Turner, for his ‘exceptionally high degree of professional knowledge’ and Susan Glenholme, who is ‘dedicated to her clients’. 
Legal 500 2016
Debenhams Ottaway compares favourably with City firms, with clients praising Nicholas Turner’s technical competence, longstanding experience and empathy.
Legal 500 2015
Nicholas Turner at the excellent Debenhams Ottaway solicitors typifies the firm’s strength as a competent, approachable and client-friendly firm.
Legal 500 2014

Nicholas is recognised by Legal 500 as an ‘elite’ private client lawyer for South East England.

Legal 500 2015

With more than 30 years' experience, Nicholas 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.

Nicholas advises the charity sector on all the various legal issues they face, including formation, changes to charity structure, changes to trustees, altering trusts and advising on Charity Commission schemes.

Nicholas has written for Butterworths on Wills drafting and contributed to several books for the Consumers Association on Wills, probates, residential property and tax matters.

He has lectured on succession for the London University and is a frequent and engaging speaker at seminars for clients and professionals.

Nicholas studied Gary Sobers at Trent Bridge before reading law at UCL where he graduated in 1978. He qualified as a solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales in 1981. In 1983 he became assistant solicitor then partner (1986) at Hall Clark before joining Turner and Debenhams (now Debenhams Ottaway) as partner in 1999.

Nicholas is a member of the

  • Private Client Section of the Law Society
  • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)
  • Hertfordshire Law Society
  • HLS Trusts/Probate Committee
  • Bentham Club
  • ECB qualified umpire

Nicholas's News

Sleepwalking into pensions mayhem
Sleepwalking into pensions mayhem

August 2017

Your pension is a subject that often gets pushed down the agenda. In the same way as everyone should have a professionally drafted will in place it is also important that your pension arrangements are up to date and rele...

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