Probate and Estates

Nick Skerratt

Nick Skerratt BA (Hons) ACA CTA


A proud Cornishman, Nick qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2007 and as a Chartered Tax Adviser in the following  year. He was appointed a Partner in 2012 and was one of the first Chartered Accountants in England and Wales to be licensed to undertake probate work by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

He deals with a range of businesses, advising on accounts, business matters and tax. He also advises individuals on tax matters and is the firm’s specialist in probate and estate administration, including executorships.

Nick acts for a large number of the firm’s agricultural clients and has personal experience in the construction industry, having been co-director of a company which developed several properties in West Cornwall. Nick enjoys most sports, being part of many successful St Just cricket teams, and spends his spare time with his wife, Vicky and sons, Harry and Jack.

Jane Barlow FCILEx TEP SFE

Probate Manager

Jane is a Chartered Legal Executive, admitted in 1983, and also a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). She specialises in Wills, Powers of Attorney, Probate and administration of estates.

She emigrated from Birmingham to Cornwall over 20 years ago and is a keen hill and moorland walker, for which she holds a nationally recognised qualification in navigation skills. She is also a recreational cyclist and a volunteer Ranger for the charity Sustrans, responsible for a section of the National Cycle Network in the west of Cornwall.

Charlotte Kent LLB (Hons)


Charlotte has been with the firm since early 2017, working within the Probate Team. After obtaining her law degree from Swansea University, Charlotte went on to qualify as a Solicitor in 2012, specialising in the preparation of Wills, Powers of Attorney, Probate and administration of estates. She has many years of experience, having spent her professional career working within the legal sector. Charlotte is proud of her Cornish roots, having been born and raised in Penzance.

In her spare time, Charlotte enjoys staying active by running, swimming and cycling. She is currently training for the Brighton Marathon, having previously completed the London Marathon. She is also an avid rugby fan and enjoys travelling and exploring new places.

Jessica Long ACILEx

Probate Associate

An associate member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx), Jessica joined the firm as Probate Associate in 2016. She has many years of experience working for solicitor firms, having spent her whole career working within the legal profession. Jessica is now studying for her final CILEx exam later this year, which will allow her to work towards her goal of becoming a Chartered Legal Executive, whilst training at the firm.

Jessica has two children and spends much of her time ferrying them between either surf or swimming club. Being local to Helston, Jessica and family also regularly participate in the annual Flora Day festivities.