Our team

Alec Smith

Managing Director

After 12 years as a helicopter pilot and instructor, Alec has now been working in legal services for the past 15 years.

Traditionally, estates had been administered at an hourly rate with no fixed fees. This meant that there is no incentive for companies to complete the task as quickly as possible.  Many companies also charged for letters, emails and phone calls in addition. Sometimes a percentage of the estate is the basis for fees regardless of the number of assets and how much work was involved. Alec wanted a simpler solution for the families going through this difficult time.  He also wanted to offer the very best service possible. Valued Estates Ltd was established by Alec, to provide a fast, professional and personal fixed fee service.  Alec and his team continue to provide this valuable service to previous clients as well as new clients.

Alec is married to Sam and they have two children.   He still holds a commercial helicopter license and flies when time permits.

Jenny Sedgwick

Office Manager

Jenny is an experienced senior probate administrator and one of the friendly voices at the end of phone. She is an expert at listening to the unfamiliar situation that families find themselves in and then giving relevant, clear advice. Jenny is responsible for the everyday running of the office as well as managing the team and ensuring that every family receives our best attention

Jenny has a degree in criminology and is currently studying psychotherapy, working as a trainee psychotherapist in her spare time.

Jess Ellis

Head of Legal Services

Jess is a solicitor who joined us from a specialist accountancy firm in which she headed the probate department.

She has significant experience in will drafting, probate, estate administration and elderly client services. She enjoys meeting clients and helping to make a difficult time as stress free as possible.

Jess enjoys travelling and keeping fit.

Sue Hennell

Probate Administrator

Sue joined us after a long career in banking. Sue’s attention to detail is appreciated by her many clients as well as everyone in the office. Always dependable, Sue is very quick to put families at ease and great at tracking down elusive documents and looking after the challenges of property sales.

Sue enjoys spending time with family and is married to Dave and has two grown up sons.

Emma Dixon

Probate Administrator & Assistant Office Manager

Emma is very organised and a natural administrator. She joined the team having previously worked in administration within the Hospitality and Recruitment industries.

She is a very willing member of the team and is always on hand to help her clients. Emma has a dressage horse that she regularly competes and dedicates her spare time to training.

Ross Jones

Probate Administrator

Ross has joined us with experience in legal administration and advice, after finishing an accelerated law degree. He is familiar with the complexities of legal requirements and listening to difficult issues clients can face, excelling in explaining issues clearly and succinctly.

In his spare time Ross enjoys travelling, skiing and staying fit. Always willing to push his boundaries he plans to complete a marathon in the near future and has the future goal of becoming a solicitor.

Shannon Birse

Probate Administrator

Shannon has joined the team with administration experience in the construction industry after completing a degree in criminology and psychology. She is enthusiastic and ready to help in any way she can.

Shannon has a passion for travelling to new places after living in America as a child, she also enjoys spending time with friends & family, and playing various musical instruments.

Samantha Hughes

Probate Administrator

Samantha joined us with over four years of experience in administration. She joined our team having previously worked for a solicitors in conveyancing. She is friendly, enthusiastic and happy to assist in any way that she can.

Samantha is passionate about fitness and spends her spare time in the gym or with friends and family.