Jonathan Dorman

Partner and Head of Private Client

As Head of the Private Client team, I specialise in matters involving high-net-worth individuals, including Wills, Probate and Trusts. In addition, I undertake the role of Senior Responsible Officer for the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme.

I joined Harold Benjamin in November 1992 and became a Partner in December 1996. Prior to Harold Benjamin, I was a Partner in the Westminster firm, Philip Conway Thomas.


  • Wills – including complex arrangements for multi-jurisdictional assets, second marriages, inheritance tax mitigation, asset protection, provision for beneficiaries suffering from disabilities, charitable beneficiaries
  • Estate administration – including when there is a Will when there is no Will, high value estates, estates including foreign assets and interests in trusts
  • Deed of Variation to Wills – allocate interests in estates post death
  • Trust creation – both lifetime and in Wills
  • Powers of Attorney – including advising Donors and Attorneys, Lasting Powers of Attorney creation and registration of Enduring Powers of Attorney
  • Estate Planning – to reduce the incidence of inheritance tax
  • Asset Protection – to safeguard assets and skip generations

Recent/Current Cases

  • Administration of estate – with interest in other estate
  • Dealing with an estate with a manuscript Will written by the deceased when the wording was ambiguous
  • An estate where the charity had ceased to exist prior to the deceased’s death and the deceased’s intention was uncertain in regard to another beneficiary
  • Estate where a life interest trust terminated on the death of the deceased
  • Estate when a Settled Land Act Trust terminates on the death of the deceased
  • Will prepared for use in several legal jurisdictions for non-domiciled person (liaising with overseas lawyers)


  • LLB, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • LLM, London School of Economics (including papers on Estate Planning and personal taxation)
  • Jonathan Dorman qualified as a Solicitor in 1983.

Memberships and Recognition

  • Member of the Law Society of England and Wales
  • Member of STEP – Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (since 1994)
  • Member of Solicitors for the Elderly (since 2002)
  • Member of the Law Society Private Client Section (former executive committee member)
  • Member of the Law Society Property Section
  • Associate Member of the Institute of Legacy Management
  • Member of the Jewish Historical Society of England


T:020 8872 3008

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