Born in North Devon, Jan has spent his professional life as a solicitor in the West Country, although he acts for clients all over the country and beyond.
Qualifying in 1980, Jan was very quickly made a partner of a well respected Devon practice. In 1985 Samuels Solicitors was formed. As well as having an honours degree in law from Newcastle-upon-Tyne University, Jan has an HND in business studies.
Jan is a litigation specialist with an impressive reputation. He is highly respected by clients and opponents alike and is particularly skilled in achieving settlements in very difficult cases.
Jan has dealt with innumerable very high value and complicated claims against negligent accountants, financial advisors, solicitors, surveyors and barristers, recovering large sums in compensation for clients who have suffered losses. Jan has been on the Law Society's panel of professional negligence solicitors for decades.
Jan is also an expert in handling complicated insolvency transactions, for both companies and individuals, as well as dealing with cases involving disputes wills and conflicts surrounding inheritance. He is particularly good at dealing with complex cases, many of which involve long running disputes where clients come to him after they become frustrated with previous solicitors.
In addition to being a formidable lawyer, Jan is a businessman and entrepreneur. Having personal experience of diverse commercial pursuits, in property and business matters, he is unusually well-qualified to provide all-round business advice to clients.
Jan enjoys travel, cycling, music and good food, although not necessarily in that order.
An unusual recent case addressed the issue of fraudulent calumny and overturned a will as the testator has been lied to by his daughter.12/05/2022
Solicitors who failed to bring a claim in relation to the MMR vaccine in time have escaped a negligence claim, as the MMR vaccine claim was bound to fail, says judge.03/05/2022
The court has directed that some duties owed by a director to their company will continue, even if the company goes into administration.08/04/2020
A recent case went against a claimant who alleged that documents with her late mother's will had been forged.15/01/2020
In a recent case an ancient rule has been invoked to decide which of a couple's children should inherit their property.14/01/2020
Family members often work for free on farms, in the hope that they will be given a share when the owner dies. What can you do if the promise is not kept?14/11/2019