Information for former clients of Challinors (in liquidation) about their Wills, Powers of Attorney and other deeds

If you instructed Challinors or one of its related practices (see below) in relation to your Will or Power of Attorney this may be a worrying time for you. We hope this page answers some of your questions and puts your mind at rest.

We understand that changing solicitor can be stressful and we will do all we can to assist you to make this transition as smooth as possible.

Your Will

Challinors went into administration in August 2013 and into liquidation on 16 January 2015. As a result of the arrangements reached with the administrator and with the approval of the Solicitors Regulation Authority, we have taken possession of the original Wills that were being held by Challinors.

We are holding these Wills at no cost to the former clients of Challinors, so you can be assured that your Will is safe and that no fee is payable for this service.

If your Will appointed Challinors, or one of its solicitors, as executors we strongly recommend that you take immediate steps to replace them. This can be done at little or no cost to you. Please visit our appointed Challinors page for more information.

If you decide that you do not want us to retain your Will or it is no longer valid because you have made a new Will we will need your instructions to release the Will to you, together with evidence of your identity. Please download the Will Request Form, which contains information about the identity verification that we require, and return it with the relevant documents to the address on the form.

Powers of attorney, title deeds or other deeds

We have only taken custody of the Wills that Challinors were holding for their clients. Unfortunately we do not hold any title deeds, powers of attorney or other documents. These have been acquired by Simpsons Solicitors. If you also had other deeds (such as title deeds for your house) with Challinors you will need to contact Simpsons Solicitors. Their contact number is 01332 424 511 and you will need to ask to speak to the client contact centre.

Any other enquiries

If you are not sure whether we are holding documents for you or if you have any other question about how the administration of Challinors affects you, you can contact us on It is important that you include full contact details, names and addresses and confirm what documents you think we should now have for you, so that we can deal with your enquiry promptly.

Our experience

The Private Capital team at Clarke Willmott LLP now includes former members of the Challinors private client team. We have extensive knowledge and experience and are here to help with any aspect of Estate Administration, Tax Planning, Wills, Powers of Attorney, Court of Protection, Deputyship Applications and Trust and Personal Injury Trusts. Please do not hesitate to get in touch should you have any questions.

We will always be happy to see you either at our office or your home.

Which firms made up Challinors?

  • Cartwright and Lewis
  • Challinors Lyon Clark
  • Challinors Roberts Cooksey
  • Colin Langley and Smith
  • Hall Pratt and Pritchard
  • Lyon Clark
  • James Beauchamp
  • Jordan Turner
  • Roberts Cooksey
  • Rosleys
  • Sheltons
  • Stannard and Co
  • White and Billingham