How can I help you?

I’ve specialised in Private Client law in Chelmsford for the past 12 years and throughout this time I have seen the city, and our client base change and grow. I have headed up the Private Client team in Chelmsford for the past 5 years, and have forged close relations throughout this time, enabling me to be able to deliver a holistic and joined up approach to clients issues. 

My workload includes advising on Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorneys and succession planning. I am approached regularly in assisting business owners and farming clients in planning for the future and ensuring the passing of assets between generations. 

I regularly advise farming families on how to structure their business interests to ensure that their farming assets pass through the family as they would want. Having such an expert team means that I can talk with your professional advisors and make sure that any work is dealt with at the appropriate level in our firm. 

I specialise in dealing with complex Probate matters, and have been recognised in the Legal 500 as leading on several new complex farming probates. 

Delivering what you really need

I am pleased to meet with you at our offices and discuss your needs. I enjoy building relationships with my clients and their families, and regularly advise parents and their children. I appreciate that it can be a distressing time when you come to see me and my team, and we wish to make matters as straightforward as possible for you. 

My team and I are passionate about the work and advice that we give and believe in the importance of giving individual, tailored advice to your circumstances. 

What else should you know?

I am a committee member of the Essex branch of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). I have previously presented to care home managers, financial advisors and accountants on the different areas of my practice. 

Outside of work I’m a keen fundraiser through my work with the local Round Table. I’m also a budding sportsman, being a member of the local Law Society cricket team. 


Legal 500 UK 2021 / Rising Star

‘Ian Johnston is extremely reliable and prompt in responding. He listens to clients requests and then provides bespoke solutions. Very good service‘. Legal 500 UK 2021, South East - Private Client: Personal tax, trusts & probate: Essex
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