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.

Frankie Moran

Probate Administrator

Frankie is a natural experienced administrator, having previously worked for the Land Registry for a number of years. Frankie’s expertise in this area helps with those tricky property questions.

Frankie has two sons and enjoys spending as much of her spare time with them and her husband Jim.

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.

Tilly Smith

Probate Administrator & PA to Office Manager and Managing Director

Tilly’s confident and friendly personality is perfectly suited to that of an administrator. Tilly has worked in probate since leaving school and in that time has gained a wealth of experience.

Tilly enjoys spending time with her family including their dogs as well as travelling to exotic destinations across the world.

Shannon Birse

Probate Administrator

Shannon has recently 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 is the newest member of our team, 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.

Suzanne Fitzgerald

Probate & Marketing Administrator

Suzanne has joined us to assist with marketing and as a Probate Administrator. She is familiar with the legal aspects of our work being a qualified Solicitor. In our company she does not act as a practising Solicitor but her previous work in the area of family and childcare disputes has given her experience in helping people going through difficult emotional circumstances

On a voluntary basis, Suzanne has been the Chair of a Primary School Governing Board for over a decade. She has two children who will both be off to University soon, leading to her decision to join our team.