Jemma Goddard


Private Client

T: +44 (0)20 3697 7208


Jemma specialises in bringing and defending a broad range of estate related claims, including claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, proprietary estoppel claims and challenges to the validity of wills.  Jemma also specialises in Court of Protection matters and advising under the Mental Capacity Act 2005, as well as investigating and bringing claims arising out of financial abuse of elderly persons.

Recent Experience

  • Advising eleven charity beneficiaries in respect of a particularly difficult Inheritance Act claim being brought by the deceased’s adult son.  Providing detailed advice on a complicated settlement proposal and subsequently reaching an out of court settlement on that basis.
  • Obtaining a limited grant of probate on urgent notice to protect the assets in an estate, whilst investigating and then successfully challenging the validity of a will on behalf of a large charity client.
  • Acting for the trustee of a discretionary trust over £2.3million of assets, in respect of a claim for her removal being brought by her co-trustee.  Successfully reaching a settlement at mediation.
  • Acted in the reported case PQ and another v RS and others [2019] EWHC 1643 (Ch)

Career History

Jemma joined Wedlake Bell in March 2018.

Before joining Wedlake Bell, Jemma worked in the London office of Wilsons Solicitors LLP, where she also trained.  Jemma qualified as a solicitor in September 2015.

Jemma has a degree in Law from Queen Mary University of London, she also completed the Legal Practice Course at BPP Law School.

Jemma is a member of the Association of Contentious Trusts and Probate Solicitors (ACTAPS) and a member of The Contentious Trusts Association (ConTrA).


“Is lifetime capacity assessment a silver bullet”, published online by the Institute of Legacy Management in July 2016.

How a common law partner can go against your Will“, Spears Magazine, June 2018.

"Jemma Goddard is a very engaged, knowledgeable associate, keeping everyone else on their toes – she is someone you want on your side’"

— Legal 500, 2021

"Jemma Goddard is a talented associate who combines pragmatism with a detailed knowledge of trusts and probate law"

— Legal 500, 2021

"Jemma Goddard is a very safe pair of hands and straightforward to deal with"

— Legal 500 UK, 2020


Covid-19: Update on court hearings and mediations


In whose best interest? – New Law Journal 27/02/2019


“How a common law partner can go against your will” – Andrew O’Keeffe and Jemma Goddard write for Spear’s Magazine


Inheritance claims: Domicile is key


Ann Stanyer and Jemma Goddard’s comments are published in Spear’s