Michelle leads our Private Client department in Bristol and its specialist team of 7 qualified and dedicated solicitors. The team works with clients who are faced with disputes arising out of Wills, probate and trusts.
Having many years of litigation experience, Michelle is recognised as one of the leading individuals in this uniquely specialised area of law. Michelle is highly regarded for her commercial and strategic awareness, and has the ability to tailor and create the right team and strategy for clients.
Michelle understands that each clients needs are different and in particular the importance of ensuring that the value of any estate, large or small, where there is a dispute, is not eroded by expensive legal costs.
You can be confident that Michelle and her team will handle your dispute with both sensitivity and with the benefit of many years of litigation experience.
Chambers & Partners recommend Michelle as a leading individual, "respected by her peers and clients alike". She is "a true specialist" on contentious matters.
Legal 500 considers the team to be one of the best for contentious probate and describes Michelle as "a bright, tough litigator and excellent with clients", that she "has a much-needed calm and reassuring presence", and that she is "a tough and highly skilful lawyer". They commented:
"The approachable and exceptionally capable Michelle Rose heads the team at VWV, which often acts as court-appointed independent administrator and trustee. The team is rated by clients as providing a very professional level of service that is simply excellent."
"Michelle is just brilliant to have on your side. Not only is she personally lovely to work with, Michelle is a real expert and professional. Michelle's great intelligence and strategic approach singles her out … In my own profession I work with lawyers frequently: many of them are bright and impressive but none as capable as Michelle." Client
"I expected expert legal advice, that is what I'm paying for. What I didn't expect was such compassion, sensitivity and personal service, it was amazing. Thank you." Client
"She has a fantastic reputation. She's great and she gives very practical advice. If I were to instruct a litigator, I would want someone like her." Client
"The outstanding Michelle Rose leads the team, and is empathetic, efficient and highly knowledgeable." Legal 500
"Michelle Rose heads the very strong team, which ‘focuses on getting a resolution in a timely way and is just the sort of champion the client wants to resolve the dispute." Legal 500
"VWV provides an outstanding service with the sensible and approachable Michelle Rose at the helm." - Legal 500
Head of the department Michelle Rose is ‘the visionary leading the firm from strength to strength’ and is currently acting on ten substantial and complex estates as an independent administrator." - Legal 500
"Michelle Rose and senior associate Fiona Lawrence are 'both excellent, with excellent client service and good commercial sense." - Legal 500
Michelle qualified as a solicitor at VWV in 1995 and has been leading the Private Client department since 2007.
Michelle was one of the first regional members of the Association of Contentious Trusts and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS) and has been twice shortlisted to receive the ACTAPS Contentious Probate Solicitor of the Year Award.
Drawing her experience of the removal of Executors, Michelle had an article published in the leading journal, Trust Quarterly Review, entitled 'To remove or not to remove' on the law relating to the removal by the court of executors and trustees and has lectured on this subject. A version of this article also recently featured in the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPs) Journal.
VWV was successfully chosen as the winner of Corporate Intl Magazine's legal award 'Private Client law firm of the year in England 2016'. The awards recognise those who have shown excellence not only in expertise but in service and is based on independent research, focusing on how the business operates and the expertise the firm can offer.
Michelle is recommended within the Citywealth Leaders List, the result of the input of a huge number of people within the private wealth management sector as well as their clients. For the third year, she has also been listed in the Power Women category, which highlights those individuals who maximise the potential of women in wealth and who champion female leadership in the private wealth sector.
Michelle is ranked within Spear’s 500, a list of the top 500 private client advisers, wealth managers and high net worth service providers in the UK. She has also been shortlisted in The Law Society Excellence Awards 2018 for the prestigious 'Woman Lawyer of the Year' award.
VWV's Private Client team was announced as winners of the 'Trusted Private Client Law Firm' Global Award for 2016. This award showcases the achievements of the most successful and ground-breaking individuals and those who have had outstanding performances within the last year.
Out of the office, Michelle spends a lot of time with her family by the sea in Cornwall. She is looking forward to returning to travelling further afield when her children are a little older and is learning, slowly, how to create a beautiful garden.