HM Courts & Tribunals Service

HM Courts & Tribunals Service


Public Sector


Provide an online index with search and ordering facilities for wills held by the Probate Service dating back to 1858


Purpose-built outsourced storage facility housing physical documents with scan-on-demand of online customer orders for wills


Substantially enhanced accessibility to historic files

Customers enjoy a more sustainable and convenient process

Significantly reduced service lead times

Over 41 Million Records

Not only is a Last Will and Testament of vital significance to the departed’s beneficiaries, it offers a potent reference source for generations to come. In the UK, law dictates that such documents must be kept in perpetuity and made available to anyone who wants to see them. That could be a solicitor acting for an individual, a relative researching a family tree, or the merely curious.

In England and Wales the responsibility to securely store and provide access to the documents falls to the Probate Service – part of HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS). The archive dates back to 1858. It comprises over 41 million records and is is growing by around 250,000 new probate additions each year.

Fully Managed Service

Iron Mountain® has been the service provider of off-site records management to the Probate Service for over 15 years. A special facility was created in Birmingham to centralise and standardise records management. Known as the Probate Records Centre it is highly secure and has a climate-controlled environment, compliant with BS 5454, to store the records in optimum condition.

As well as storage, the Iron Mountain service includes retrieval and provision of copy documents against customer orders. Mark Burden, Northern Probate Manager at HMCTS, says: “We’ve had a joint objective to provide an online ordering service for some time. This would help us better serve our customers, make records more accessible and transparent, and fit perfectly with the UK Government digital agenda.”

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4 More London Riverside
London, SE1 2AU
United Kingdom
+44 (0) 8445 60 70 80

Iron Mountain Ireland:
Damastown Avenue,
Damastown Industrial Estate,
Dublin 15, Eire
+353 (0) 1861 3900
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“Iron Mountain has done a great job. They’ve got a very professional team that understand our business. Over the years we’ve built a high degree of trust and it’s been a very enjoyable experience working together.”

Mark Burden

Northern Probate Manager

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