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Senior Probate Solicitor

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Senior Private Client Solicitor to join our Wills & Probate Department.

This post is for a senior and experienced candidate who has either a minimum of 5 years PQE or is currently Head of Department.

Key duties and responsibilities:

  • Confidently and competently dealing with a varied Private Client workload, with a particular emphasis on complex and weighty cases but running the full range through to simple Wills and LPA advice
  • Ensuring that all client work is progressed in a timely manner and that clients are regularly informed on progress and on costs
  • Utilising a comprehensive knowledge of trusts and lifetime planning

Essential Skills and Experience:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Outstanding client care skills
  • At least 5 years’ experience of handling a full Private Client caseload
  • An excellent fee income record
  • Ability to work unsupervised as well as part of a team

Experience in contested estates is not essential but would be helpful, and STEP membership will be a distinct advantage.

The Practice is looking for a candidate to progress the firm in the area of Private Client law; this is an opportunity to become Head of Department with potential partnership prospects

Vacancy Information:

  • Location: Whitley Bay – candidates may be required to temporarily work from the Morpeth or Blyth office due to Social Distancing issues
  • Salary range: Negotiable; Commensurate with experience & following
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Experience: 5 years PQE or Head of Department
  • Job Section: Private Practice
  • Working Hours: Monday – Friday (full-time)

Applicants please contact Mark Hipkin on:
t: 0191 2533509 or email:
providing a current CV.

Legal Secretary

We are looking for a Legal Secretary with previous Family Law/Matrimonial experience to join us at our busy and friendly Whitley Bay office.

This is a full-time permanent position working Monday to Friday 9.00am – 5.00pm.

Main responsibilities will include but not be limited to:

  • Providing secretarial support in the family department
  • Performing digital dictation and copy typing
  • Dealing with legal documents and forms
  • Sorting incoming post
  • Diary and e-mail management
  • Assistance to fee-earner in time recording
  • Liaising with clients and others as required
  • Other admin duties

To be considered for the role you must have:

  • Previous experience in a similar role of at least 2 years
  • Good and accurate typing skills
    • A professional telephone manner
  • Good IT skills
  • Excellent organisational skills

Vacancy Information:

  • Location:
    Whitley Bay office
  • Salary range:
  • Job type:
  • Experience:
    Family Law/Matrimonial
  • Job Section:
    Private Practice
  • Working Hours:
    Monday – Friday (full-time)

Applicants please send CV to:
Carol Hipkin, Office Manager
Alderson Law LLP
130-132 Park View
Whitley Bay
Tyne & Wear
NE26 3QN
or e-mail to:

Contact Us

Telephone Blyth: 

01670 352293

Telephone Morpeth:

01670 519714

Telephone Whitley Bay:

0191 2533509

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Alderson Law LLP is a Limited Liability Partnership registered in England and Wales under company number OC307338.
Registered office: Pethgate House, Castle Square, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 1YL

Authorised and Regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority under SRA ID number 402010.

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Susan was born and bred in the North East, spending all of her working life in Blyth. She qualified in 1981 and, after some years at Alderson Law, began to specialise in family law, covering both private and legal aid. Susan was a member of the Law Society Family Panel and an accredited Resolution specialist, specialising particularly in private children law and domestic violence.

Susan took part-retirement in December 2018 but still works as a Solicitor here at Alderson Law. Outside of work she enjoys cooking, walking, reading, and spending time with her family. She has also been a Brownie leader for over 40 years.

Originally from East Yorkshire, Jasmine moved to the North East to study Law at Northumbria, graduating with a First Class Honours and a Very Competent in the Bar Professional Training Course. Before joining Alderson Law Jasmine specialised in RTA Fraud in a Personal Injury firm.

She joined our team as a Family Law Paralegal in 2018, after which she undertook the Legal Practice Course at the University of Sunderland and became a Trainee Solicitor in March 2020. In her spare time Jasmine likes visiting the beach and watching live music.

Julie is a highly experienced property solicitor. She studied Law at Northumbria University and, after qualifying in 2000, went on to work at national and international firms prior to joining the team at Anderson Law in 2017. She works alongside her clients, advising on residential and commercial property development, property investment, portfolio management, property finance, landlord and tenant, easements and restrictive covenants.

Fiona is a specialist private client lawyer providing advice and assistance with wills, trusts, tax planning, probate & estate administration, lasting powers of attorney, court of protection and elderly client work. Having previously worked with a number of Newcastle-based firms listed in The Legal 500, Fiona brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the role. She is a full member of STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners), the association for specialists in family inheritance and succession planning.

Fiona grew up in Northern Ireland and studied law at Durham University, and has remained in the North East ever since. She enjoys spending time with her family at their cottage in Northumberland.

Mark Hipkin, partner at Alderson Law LLP, has been advising businesses and claimants since he qualified as a solicitor in 1982.

Mark’s passion is for representing claimants on two wheels in complex, serious and catastrophic motorcycle, scooter and cycle injuries, but he also has extensive experience of acting for claimants in many other personal injury areas including occupiers and public liability work and accidents at work. He specialises in challenging and complex cases. Mark always puts the client first, looking from the first day of instruction to obtain the best and fairest outcome for a claimant, no matter how long a case may take. He is a fan of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and early neutral valuation as alternatives to litigation. Sometimes, however, litigation is the best option, together with the necessary drive to see every matter through to a fair conclusion.

Mark also, having started his own business, advises business clients, often with motorcycle-, scooter- or cycle-related businesses and also deals with complex commercial disputes, professional negligence cases, and general civil litigation.

Mark likes to spend what free time he has with his family, his faithful sprocket spaniel, and practising Tai Chi and Tang Too Do (Korean karate – in which he is a second Dan).

Having worked in family law for over 25 years, Julie is a highly accomplished specialist in her field. She has a vast body of experience in dealing with family law, from divorce and related financial issues to complex child-related cases. Julie was the first person in North Tyneside to achieve the status of an accredited advanced family law specialist, and is a member of the Law Society Advanced Family Panel, which demonstrates her experience in complex contested family cases and other subject-specific matters.

Though multi-talented and highly experienced, Julie’s particular speciality is in complex ancillary relief (financial settlement) claims and complex residence and contact disputes.

In her spare time Julie enjoys relaxing and spending time with her family and three grandchildren. She attends clients at our Whitley Bay and Blythe offices.

Tracey is one of our Partners and qualified as a solicitor in 1997. Throughout her career she has had a varied caseload undertaking matters in most areas of civil and private client law. Tracey can assist clients in a wide range of matters including: Wills, Probate, Powers of Attorney, Debt Recovery, Residential and Commercial Conveyancing as well as Licensing and Landlord and Tenant matters.

Tracey is one of our most senior practitioners with over 20 years of local experience, having graduated from both Newcastle University and Northumbria University. When not in the office she enjoys walking, cycling, and cooking with her family.