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John Lane

Partner and Head of Private Capital

John Lane has led the Rollits Private Capital Team for 20 years during which time the team has moved from being a multi-disciplinary group of lawyers with Private Client skills to a specialist team of highly qualified Trust and Estates practitioners.

With over 30 years of experience in private client work, John’s network of clients and professional contacts is extensive and spans multi generations. Clients have come to rely on his deep-rooted understanding of individual family dynamics and feedback received shows a deeply committed, caring approach, backed-up with solid technical skills. Recognised as a leading Private Client Lawyer in the leading legal directories with exceptional technical and client-facing skills, John receives referrals from other practitioners in conflict cases.

John offers clients a personalised, confidential and sympathetic approach to problem solving and loves being able to help families through sometimes difficult and traumatic times being able to know that he has made a difference.

  • "He is a good trust practitioner." and "he is mature, capable and good to work with. He knows his stuff"

    High Net Worth 2020/21 - Private Wealth Law


A law graduate from the University of London, King’s College in 1985, John trained in Leeds qualifying in 1988. Following a spell at Pearsons Kitching Walker in Helmsley, John moved to join Rollits as a Partner in 1993 when the two firms merged and has been with Rollits for over 30 years.


John’s private capital caseload is extensive and he takes a prominent role in advising clients on complex trust reconstruction projects, supports commercial colleagues in high value transactions providing advice to individual directors in respect of pre and post sale planning.

Professional memberships & accreditations

  • Member of the Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners (STEP)
  • Member of the Charity Law Association
  • Member of the Law Society’s Probate Section