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Legal Counsel, Wills & Probate



Posted over 30 days ago...


Exciting Opportunity for Legal Counsel to Shape the Future of Legal Tech at Farewill


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£45000 - £50000

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Organisation summary: Farewill is at the forefront of revolutionising the consumer legal tech landscape in Europe, offering cutting-edge Wills and Probate services. As a dynamic company with a mission to make a significant impact on how people handle life's most important legal matters, Farewill is the perfect place for innovative professionals to thrive and grow.

  • Report directly to the Head of Legal and collaborate with the Senior Legal Counsel and Wills and Probate teams.
  • Lead and oversee the legal elements of Farewill's professional executorship and Probate services, while ensuring Wills products meet quality standards.
  • Design and refine Farewill's Probate product, and train the Probate Sales team.
  • Manage risk and serve as the primary contact for Probate-related queries.
  • Handle disputed wills and contribute to various other legal responsibilities.
  • Qualified Solicitor in England and Wales, with STEP qualification preferred.
  • 2-5 years of experience in will drafting and probate.
  • Strong knowledge of tax, trusts, and ideally Northern Ireland and Scottish wills.
  • Pragmatic, commercially savvy, and solution-oriented with excellent communication skills.
  • Salary of £45-50k plus stock options.
  • Hybrid working with a minimum of 2 days per week in the East London office.
  • 28 days of annual leave plus public holidays.
  • Personal development budget of 3 days and £1000 per year.
  • Regular team socials and company-wide events.
  • A chance to make a meaningful impact on people’s end-of-life planning.

Join Farewill's Legal Team

Ready to take on an exciting new challenge in one of the most forward thinking consumer legal tech businesses in Europe? We're on the lookout for a skilled Legal Counsel to join our tight-knit, high performing team and help deliver world-class Wills and Probate services to our customers. You’ll report directly to our Head of Legal Harvey and work closely with our Senior Legal Counsel Julia, and build a close partnership with our Wills and Probate teams.

What you'll do

As our Legal Counsel, you will be responsible for owning the legal aspects of Farewill's professional executorship service, Probate product (probate itself is not carried out in house) and providing quality assurance checks for our Wills product. Here’s what you’ll own in more detail: 

- Professional executorship duties: Where Farewill Trustees is appointed as professional executor under a will, you will lead on carrying out our professional duties

- Probate product design: Provide legal input into our Probate product quote flows, landing pages, product guides, marketing materials, call scripts and more 

- Probate team training: Train our Probate Sales team on topics such as estate administration, valuing estates and regulatory changes so that they are well-equipped to talk to customers about our product

- Wills quality assurance: Provide quality assurance by checking wills written by our will writing specialists for accuracy and compliance with legal requirements

- Risk management: Work closely with our Head of Legal to continuously identify, manage, and mitigate risk across the business

- Point of escalation: Be the day-to-day point of escalation for questions/issues related to Probate from across the business

- Disputed wills: Dealing with Larke v Nugus requests and other queries related to disputed wills

…and lots more!

What we're looking for

Our ideal candidate is qualified as a Solicitor in England and Wales, ideally with a STEP qualification. You’ll have 2-5 years experience in will drafting and probate, strong knowledge of tax and trusts, and ideally knowledge of NI and Scottish wills. As with everyone in our Legal team, you’ll be pragmatic, commercially-minded and solutions-focussed, with excellent communication skills. If these are your strengths, we’d love to hear from you.

What's in it for you

This is a rare opportunity to get deep expertise in your discipline in a progressive environment, whilst being exposed to every part of a fast-growing tech company. Plus, you'll be part of a lean Legal team with plenty of room for growth and development, and direct mentorship from an experienced Head of Legal.

What we offer

  • A starting salary of £45-50k + stock options
  • Hybrid working; our team works a minimum of 2 days/week in our east London (Haggerston) office 
  • 28 days of annual leave plus the usual public holidays
  • Personal development budget of 3 days and £1000 per year
  • Regular team socials & company-wide events
  • A chance to make a meaningful contribution to people's lives and deaths

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