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Agriculture and estates

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Ashtons Legal’s team of ‘respected lawyers’ includes Simon Cunningham, who advised Push Energy on a lease for a project in Essex, which involved complex leasing arrangements and estates matters; farming expert Jonathan Long; and 25-year veteran in agricultural law Jeanette Dennis.

Birketts LLP’s team ‘operates at a very high standard’. ‘Proactive, accurate’ department head Jack Royallgets all queries sorted before other lawyers even get out of bed’. ‘Considerate and technically excellent’ estate planner Neil Sparrow advised a Norfolk estate on tenancy issues. Agriculture specialist Chris Coupland and property lawyers Rachel McKillop-Wilkin and James Dinwiddy are also recommended.

Standout figures at NFU panel firm Hewitsons include Denise Wilkinson (who ‘thrives on complicated and challenging work’), Charles Hewitson and newly promoted partner Charles Stevens, who is known for handling complex transactions for a nationwide client base. Wilkinson advised the RSPB on a contract to manage the ancient oak trees of Sherwood Forest.

Howes Percival LLP stands out for its ‘exceptional service and clear advice on agricultural and tax issues’. Catherine Scott and Stuart Maggsshow detailed knowledge and are determined to see transactions through’. Richard Lovett and consultant Jeremy Heal are also recommended. Clients include The Cholmondeley Estates and The Holkham Estate.

A top firm’ for private client matters, Mills & Reeve LLP’s agriculture and estates team includes ‘knowledgeable, efficient’ head of agribusiness Michael Aubrey, agricultural property and renewable energy specialist Amanda Tagg, Tim Ryan (who ‘always has the angles covered’), and associates Dawn Chapman and Louisa Butcher, who ‘give sound advice worth taking’. Wellcome Trust is a client.

Taylor Vinters’ ‘first-class’ practice acts for clients including Jockey Club Group and AgReserves Ltd. Adrian Horwood-Smart has ‘a wealth of experience and knowledge’ and Rupert Melville-Ross is singled out for his ‘practical, “can-do” approach’. ‘Calm and responsive’ senior associate Andrew Williamson is also recommended.

Toby Pound’s team at Barker Gotelee provides ‘very good service, good advice and good response times’. ‘Good listener’ and agricultural specialist Andrew Nicholson is highly recommended. Highlights included advising on the sale of 1800 acres at Aldeburgh and Friston.

Greene & Greene has ‘an excellent and dedicated team’ that includes rural property partner Jonathan Mathers (who is ‘first rate, diligent and clear’), corporate partner Neil Walmsley, and Agricultural Law Association member and litigator Andrea Nicholls. Snailwell Stud Company is a key client.

Hunt & Coombs LLP’s ‘highly knowledgeable and experienced’ team features property partner Anna Spriggs, estates specialist Peter Izod, and trusts and tax expert Paddy Appleton, who advised on the £3.5m estate of a deceased farmer.

Property specialist William Riley leads the team at Leathes Prior, which includes Darren Bowen, who advised The Holkham Estate on tenancy matters. The ‘very knowledgeable and personableMike Barlow is recommended for contentious matters. Other clients include the trustees of the Great Hospital.

At Roythornes Solicitors, Newmarket-based consultant Graham Smith is regarded as one of the most experienced practitioners in the field of agricultural law and related tax matters. In Peterborough Jonathan Williams excels in property matters.

Steeles Law’s ‘efficient and proactive’ head of wills, probate and tax, Karen Bacon regularly advises on farming partnership matters and land sales. She acted in the sale of three lots of a family farm.

Key figures at NFU panel firm Tees Law include Catherine Mowat and James Dowson, who advise many clients on rural matters. Dowson acted on the purchase of a 120-acre plot for £1.2m.

Gerry Field at Blocks advised on the sale of a residential farm for £3.1m, and another sale of agricultural land for £1.8m that generated further tax planning matters.

At Buckles Solicitors LLP, property partners Michael Blank, who is a fellow of the Agricultural Law Association, and Michael Rabbett are recommended.

Property specialists Chris Hoxley and Anne Kirby at Butcher Andrews advise local farmers and landowners. Kirby handled options on agricultural land for renewable energy company Genatec. Christopher Mordaunt joined Everys.

Daniel Ball at Fraser Dawbarns is ‘calm and considered in the face of challenging issues’. He handled the £3.7m acquisition of a 210-acre site.

At Spire Solicitors LLP, Carl Heywood represents a number of farming families in Norfolk on property deals and estate planning.


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Edmondson Hallhas an enviable reputation nationwide for equine law’. Mark Edmondson, who is chair of the Newmarket Festival and is known as Frankel’s solicitor, is a leading lawyer for the sale and purchase of stallions. Former British Horseracing Authority director Justin Wadham is a leading light in bloodstock and horseracing matters. Property consultant Anna Hall and litigator Deborah Hargreaves are also recommended.

Adrian Horwood-Smart is the name to note at Taylor Vinters, which acts for a variety of horseracing clients including Jockey Club Group companies.

Charities and not-for-profit

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Senior associate Sara Sayer leads the team at Birketts LLP, which is noted for its ‘prompt and timely service’. Clients recommend legal director Erika Clarke for commercial and governance matters, and ecclesiastical law specialists James Hall and Stuart Jones, who are ‘very competent and understand the sector well’. Clients include The Stradivari Trust and Suffolk’s Libraries.

At Eversheds LLP, ‘accomplished lawyerGlynne Stanfield leads on charity matters, and principal associate Stephen O’Reilly is sought after for advice on governance issues, collaboration and mergers. The firm acts for Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Turning Point and the Alan Turing Institute.

Hewitsonsdemonstrates a high level of skill and knowledge’. Rural and property partner Denise Wilkinson, who is noted for her ‘clear and concise explanation’, advised the RSPB on a woodland management contract. Construction expert Colin Jones and estate planner Bernadette O’Reilly are also recommended.

Neil Burton leads on charity law and governance matters at Mills & Reeve LLP. He advised the Institution of Engineering and Technology on its governance framework, issues arising from its £20m refurbishment of Savoy Place, and IT procurement. Health expert Natalie Wade and property specialist Richard Noble are also recommended.

Stone King LLP’s Robert Meakin is known for his ‘client care and in-depth knowledge’. He advised The Stroke Association on its merger with Speakability, and conducted a governance review for the Spiritualists’ National Union. Caroline Banwell excels in employment matters.

Taylor Vintersprovides a good level of service with detailed and in-depth knowledge’. Team head Caroline Eade advised the British Pharmacological Society on the spinout of its Prescribing Skills Assessment exam for pharmacists. Employment and governance expert Christine Berry is also recommended.

Clients appreciate Ashtons Legal’s ‘creative approach to finding solutions’. Corporate partner Geoff Hazlewood and ‘highly responsive’ solicitor Scott Hilton advised Clare Castle Country Park Trust on the acquisition of a 32-acre site. Gee Wizz is also a client.

Cozens-Hardy LLP is a longstanding adviser to charities based in Norwich, and Michelle Collins counts Norfolk Wildlife Trust among her clients.

Clients of Greenwoods Solicitors LLP receive ‘excellent service from a professional firm’. John Macaulay and associate Keith Williams advised a leading UK charity on employment matters. The firm also calls on its corporate and regulatory experts to advise charities.

Catherine Scott’s team at Howes Percival LLP includes Richard Lovett, who is trustee for two grant funding charities and advises on charity formation, mergers and restructuring. He handled a multimillion-pound land pooling agreement for one client.

Hunt & Coombs LLP’s ‘helpful team’ is noted for its ‘teamwork and legal knowledge’. Paddy Appleton, who advised Peterborough 900 on fundraising, excels in tax planning. Diocesan registrar Anna Spriggs is also recommended.

Leathes Prior is praised for its ‘competence, speed and understanding of clients’ needs’. Trusts experts William Riley and Tessa Bonser, employment specialist Dan Chapman, and corporate partner Paul Warman ‘give sound advice’. Clients include Healthwatch Norwich.

Contentious trusts and probate

Greene & Greene stands out for its ‘excellent knowledge and faultless advice’. ‘Polite and efficient’ ACTAPS member Kate Chandler ‘has the instinctive insight all private client litigators need’. ‘Good communicatorBen Fox is ‘an absolute star in complex cases’. They advised on the removal of an executor from a £5m estate.

Hewitsonsfosters good client relationships and provides positive legal support’. ACTAPS member Lucinda Brown is acting for adult children in a contested will claim relating to a parent’s £13m estate.

The service is faultless’ at Mills & Reeve LLP, which includes ACTAPS member David Catchpole, who is ‘clearly on top of his brief’, and ‘personable, tenacious’ solicitor Lucy Howard.

At Birketts LLP, ACTAPS member Bernadette Baker has support from associate Susannah Catchpole whose ‘knowledge and guidance are outstanding’. Catchpole advised on a £3m negligent will-drafting matter.

Litigator Darren Bowen leads Leathes Prior’s specialist team. Bowen and solicitor Sabina Haag advised on a contested will with £6m in assets, and successfully brought a claim against executors for the beneficiary of a £1m estate.

Tees Law is ‘well organised and efficient’. ‘Tough, skilful negotiator’, ACTAPS member and senior associate Sara Stabler has ‘a consistently talented, masterly approach to litigation’. She advised on a trust dispute under TOLATA involving the family of a Russian scientist.

At Ashtons Legal, the ‘sensitive and helpful’ Polly Stephenson is advising on contentious matters arising from the death of an intestate man who had substantial business assets.

Mediator Paul Branch at Buckles Solicitors LLP is advising on two Inheritance Act claims, one of which involves assets exceeding £6.5m.

Clapham & Collinge Solicitorsalways delivers an extremely professional service and accurate advice’. Tammy Parnell (who is singled out for her ‘open, transparent, caring and supportive’ approach) acted for executors in a successful High Court challenge to a malicious caveat that prevented probate.

At Fosters, Adrian Newborough and Chris Fielding acted in High Court proceedings relating to a dispute between executors of a £1m estate.

At Steeles Law, barrister Tom Bailey and ‘helpful, good value’ head of wills, probate and tax Karen Bacon are sought after for contentious probate matters.


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Birketts LLPcarries the clout of a City firm and its team features genuinely impressive lawyers spread across its offices’. Team head Oliver Gravell stands out for his combination of ‘gravitas, experience and a desire to ensure a fair result’, and recently settled a £20m financial remedy matter. Other key figures include collaborative lawyers Ginny Colman and the ‘dynamic and tenaciousRoopa Ahluwalia (who ‘really stands up for her clients’), and Katie Beaven, who ‘gets straight to the point’.

An excellent boutique practice’, Cambridge Family Law Practice’s clients consider it ‘the best at what it does’. The five partner-team ‘takes a practical approach and is sensitive to clients’ needs’, with Simon Bethel and Gail Marchant-Daisley singled out for being ‘absolutely on top of their subject’. Other standout figures include Sue Varty, who ‘always fights for her clients’, Adam Moghadas and the ‘positive and efficientTricia Ashton. Bethel represented a family law silk in a high-value divorce.

Mills & Reeve LLP is ‘at the top of its game’. Nick Stone’s team includes ‘leading lightCaitlin Jenkins, who ‘combines a scary amount of knowledge with a brilliant feel for cases’, Hannah Wilson, and associates Amy Starnes and the ‘unbelievably bright’ George Sprague, who is ‘of the highest calibre’. Stone represented a wife in financial remedy proceedings with £5m in assets. Frances Bailey joined as a principal associate from Stewarts Law LLP’s Leeds office.

Ashtons Legal is noted for its ‘non-combative but firm approach, and for its especially good service in finance matters’. Family law head Stephen Williams represented a wife in a divorce involving £5.5m in assets. Mary Pearce is ‘efficient, easy to work with and goes the extra mile for clients’. Consultants Ian Winterbone and Brenda Head are also recommended. Elisabeth Sneade joined Tees Law.

Fosters’ ‘highly experienced’ team includes Iain McClay, who specialises in financial remedy and cohabitation matters; Lucy Simpson, who advises many high-net-worth clients; and senior associate Claire Sharpe. Mediators Catherine Iliff and Andrew Saul are also recommended.

For some, Gotelee Solicitors is ‘the best in Ipswich’. Its three partners include trained mediator Helen Stuart, collaboratively trained Jane Fowles, and Ivana Radovic, who advises on many international matters.

Hunt & Coombs LLP is ‘an excellent firm, one of the best in Peterborough’. Team head Farhana Butt is noted for her ‘objective advice; she knows when to twist and when to stick’. Denis White (who is ‘at the top of the game for care work’) and Edward Owen are known for ‘sound advice and a sympathetic approach’ to public law matters. Louise Ballantyne ‘is developing a reputation as one of the best young solicitors in the area’.

Taylor Vinterscan hold its own in Cambridge and the London market’. ‘Star performer’ Jackie Wells is ‘very assured with opponents and very reassuring with clients’. Associates Alexandra Gooden (who is ‘exceptionally bright’) and Sylvia Haigh (who is noted for her ‘instinctive grasp of what works’) are also recommended. Wells handled a divorce with £80m in assets.

The team at Woolley & Co, Solicitors comprises ‘experienced, knowledgeable and responsive’ partners across East Anglia, including Karen Agnew-Griffith (whose ‘knowledge of all aspects of divorce is invaluable’); the ‘committed and professional’ Tamara Glanvill; the ‘approachable and friendly’ Abby Smith; and Nick Wiseman, who advised on a complex divorce between British nationals residing in the US.

Buckles Solicitors LLP is ‘an excellent firm for family cases’, with clients singling out experienced partners Lyn Brisley and Roger Gurney in this regard. Brisley advised on a £4m financial remedy matter. ‘Conscientious and diligent’ associate Donna Sandall is also recommended.

Butcher Andrews is ‘a reliable and straightforward firm that provides pragmatic advice’. Clients appreciate the ‘experienced and immensely likeableAdney Payne, chair of Norfolk’s local collaborative group, for his ability to ‘steer away from protracted litigation’. The ‘friendly, supportive and fairJulia Buckingham is also recommended.

Clients cite the ‘impressive service’ from Clapham & Collinge Solicitors’ team, which includes the ‘clear, realistic’ Neale Grearson, who provides ‘calm reassurance and is sensitive to the stresses clients face’. Grearson is ably supported by Caroline Mitchell, who joined from Spire Solicitors LLP.

Cozens-Hardy LLP has three of Norfolk’s most experienced practitioners in Iain White, the ‘hugely experienced, very child-focused’ Sandra Nunn, and collaboratively trained Jane Anderson. The practice attracts praise for providing ‘sound expert advice you can always rely on’.

FM Family Law opened a new Norwich office in 2015, and celebrated its fifth anniversary in 2016. Fiona McLeman and Christina Hale in Cambridge, and Sue Bailey in Norwich are all highly experienced mediators. Clients note the firm’s ‘modern and client-friendly approach to sensitive matters’.

Greene & Greene’s team is led by Stuart Hughes, who is ‘a robust litigator with a forensic approach to detail’. Hughes and collaboratively trained Melanie Pilmer acted in a £3.5m divorce. Juliet Harvey excels in Children Act matters and consultant Kate Chandler specialises in financial matters.

Hegarty LLP is ‘pragmatic and keen to reach speedy resolutions’. Clients appreciate Carl Russell for his ‘emphasis of substance over form and for his impeccable judgement’. Lesley Knight provides ‘sound and realistic advice’ on domestic abuse and Children Act matters. Jane Tatlock and Rachel Strong are ‘approachable and empathetic’.

Kerseys Solicitors fields several respected partners including Clare Thomas, who is ‘calm, competent, and a good listener’, and Elaine Webb, who is ‘incredibly thorough and explores all avenues for her clients’. Consultant and accredited mediator Rosemary Carter is also recommended.

Leathes Prior provides ‘excellent service and thorough responses’. Alisdair Douglas is noted for his ‘good interpersonal skills and ability to point out the best way forward’. Associate Simon Willis is ‘a real people person’ that ‘really cares about clients’.

Prettys has ‘one of the strongest teams in the region’, which stands out for its ‘client-centric approach’. Georgie Hall is ‘a compassionate and understanding lawyer who looks for creative solutions and leads the team with gusto’. Georgina Rayment is a ‘reassuring presence with a no-nonsense approach’. The ‘calm, unflappable’ Victoria Jones is also recommended.

At Steeles Law, ‘understanding, supportive’ team head Amanda Owens has ‘outstanding knowledge’. She represented a father seeking contact with his son and stepson. Associate Emma Alfieri is also recommended.

Tees Law has ‘a great team with a very positive attitude’, which includes the ‘energetic, pragmatic’ Elisabeth Sneade, who joined from Ashtons Legal and advised a wife in a £1.5m divorce. Simon Gummer moved to the Bishop’s Stortford office.

At Barker Gotelee, resolution member Nicola Furmston has over 20 years’ experience in matrimonial matters. Associate Josephine Hayes joined from Margary + Miller after its merger with Gotelee Solicitors.

The ‘hardworking’ Matthew Clemence at Edmondson Hall is ‘an up-and-coming presence in the region whose reputation is growing quickly’. He recently represented a former MP and a partner in a leading accountancy practice in maintenance reduction cases.

Among the best in King’s Lynn’, Fraser Dawbarns has a ‘strong all-round team’ known for ‘good service and value for money’. Deborah Allen and Melinda Smith are ‘a pleasure to deal with’. The ‘meticulous’ Erika Perrin stands out for private law Children Act matters.

Howes Percival LLP has a ‘small but strong and effective team’ that includes collaborative lawyer Amy Walpole, who is ‘top rated in her field, a genuine standout character utterly at ease in large and complex matters’.

Irwin Mitchell’s ‘sensitive and sensibleAlison Fernandes is building a strong reputation in the region. She provides ‘realistic and honest advice delivered sympathetically; she is warm, humorous and a pleasure to deal with’.

Rogers and Norton is ‘very helpful, quick and good value’. Resolution-accredited solicitors Kerry Rowell and Averil Ballam ‘cannot be faulted’.

Spire Solicitors LLP’s Richard Bevan is well known for Children Act matters. Collaborative lawyers Amanda Maruca and Sarb Gosal are also recommended.

Demelza Butler at Blocks is known for ‘exceptional client care’. She secured permission in the High Court for a mother to remove a child for a holiday to a country that is not party to the Hague Convention.

At Metcalfe, Copeman & Pettefar, experienced family partner Stephen Welcomme ‘provides high-quality service and puts everything into his client’s case’.

Woodfines LLP’s Cambridge presence centres on chartered legal executive Jackie Jessiman, who successfully settled a £1m divorce following a short marriage.

Personal tax, trusts and probate: Cambridge

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Clients have ‘complete confidence’ in Ashtons Legal’s level of service, which is ‘of the highest standard’. Key figures include Jennie Pratt (who is ‘practical, clear and good with clients’), Lynn Wicks, who is ‘forthright and easy to deal with’, and associates Gillian Brasher (who provides ‘clear and well-structured advice’) and Christina Duck. The firm advises the estate of a well-known deceased author.

At Birketts LLP, Caroline Stenner and experienced senior associate Catherine Bacon advise many high-value estates, including a set of family trusts worth in excess of £100m. Bacon has a niche in offshore trust matters.

Clients of Hewitsons value the ‘helpful, clear and sound advice’ of Daniel Curtis, who has ‘excellent technical knowledge and provides pragmatic solutions’, and Elizabeth Davies, who is ‘a leading authority in her field’. Other key figures include ‘very knowledgeable private client lawyer’ Emma Satterly and Bernadette O’Reilly, who advised a £30m trust.

Mills & Reeve LLP’s ‘highly professional team provides extremely fast, clear and helpful responses’. Team head Chris Belcher is ‘very meticulous in complex issues’. He provided strategic advice to a family with trusts valued at more than £150m.

James Packer’s team at Taylor Vintersprovides exceptional service, responding quickly and with technical prowess’. The team advises many cross-border trusts and estates and includes rural partner Adrian Horwood-Smart and the ‘knowledgeable, personable and professional’ Mike Bell.

For some, Tees Law’s ‘tough and decisive’ team is ‘consistently better than most firms’. Catherine Mowat advised on the winding-up of a £30m trust and she regularly advises high-net-worth clients on estate planning.

Woodfines LLP is ‘the perfect medium-sized firm’ according to some clients, thanks in part to its ‘clout, confidence and broad experience’. Alun Butler’s team features newly promoted Karl Dembicki, who shows ‘remarkable patience and attention to detail’ in Court of Protection and elderly matters, and ‘straightforward and professional’ associate James Marsh.

Key figures at Greenwoods Solicitors LLP includes STEP-qualified senior solicitor Clare Threlfall, who is ‘responsive to clients’ needs’ and advised on strategic planning for an inherited estate exceeding £20m in value.

Personal tax, trusts and probate: Ipswich

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Barker Gotelee has ‘a wide range of experience and a real focus on clients’, which include large family trusts and farming partnerships. Team head James Skellorn ‘really delivers’ and trust manager Peter Gooch is ‘outstanding in his care and commitment’.

At Birketts LLP, Charles Boscawen has over 25 years’ experience in wills, trusts and tax. Also recommended is Louise Long, who leads the probate team and excels in IHT matters.

At Gotelee Solicitors, STEP member Peter Crix has over 30 years’ experience in tax and estate planning. He took on two new trusteeships, including one with a portfolio of London properties, and advised trustees of a multimillion-pound fund for a disabled beneficiary.

Kerseys Solicitors is noted for its ‘consistently good level of service’. The ‘helpful and thorough’ Peter Awad leads a six-lawyer team that includes partners Geoffrey Sutton, who advised an estate with complex cross-border and business property relief issues, and Leila Murray.

Prettys is ‘very thorough and capable, and is one of the top firms for client engagement’. The ‘friendly, personable and empatheticZoe Hodge and ‘thorough and meticulous’ estate planning associate Richard Guy (who is rated for his ‘technical detail and focus on accuracy’) are recommended.

Ashtons Legal has ‘a very experienced and knowledgeable team’ that includes ‘friendly, approachable’ solicitors Janette Wand and Louise Cardwell. Wand advised the executors of a £1m estate.

Blocks hired Court of Protection and continuing-care specialist Emma Woollard from Gotelee Solicitors, but lost Nicola Weldon to that firm’s new Woodbridge office. STEP-qualified associate John Riddett is recommended.

At Ellisons Solicitors, solicitor Ian Reed and legal executives Catherine Frost, Jennie Kingham and Katie Mayes focus on private client matters. Highlights included the administration of a £4m trust.

Personal tax, trusts and probate: Norwich

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Clients consider Catherine Scott’s team at Howes Percival LLP to be ‘the best in Norfolk – it is on the ball from minute one’. Also recommended are Tom Lawrence, whose ‘knowledge inspires confidence’; the ‘proactive, innovative and adaptableRichard Lovett; the ‘thorough and preciseJeremy Heal; and Stuart Maggs, who is singled out for his ‘extremely high technical ability’.

Virginia Edgecombe’s team at Mills & Reeve LLP is rated for its ‘incredibly high levels of service’. Justin Ripmanthinks outside the box’, Gregory Laming is ‘technically superb and creative in tax planning matters,’ and associate Lauren Parker is ‘practical and sensible’. Parker advised a £30m trust.

At Ashtons Legal, ‘the level of service cannot be faulted’. Clients praise the ‘knowledge, attention to detail and helpfulness’ of Robert Chalmers, who helped administrate a £20m trust. Associate Dominic Pearson ‘doesn’t bamboozle with countless details’.

Birketts LLP has a ‘competent, personable team that is willing to assist’. Clients note Neil Sparrow’s ‘depth of trusts knowledge’ and senior associate Lorna Spear, for her ‘technically strong advice’.

Clapham & Collinge Solicitors’ ‘very responsive’ team includes Court of Protection deputy Lin Whitehead, who is noted for her ‘clear advice and efficient matter management’, Ben Lowe, who is rated for his ‘sensible approach’, and Michael Olmer, who has ‘great knowledge of the UK and Spanish legal systems’.

Cozens-Hardy LLP stands out for its ‘excellent service and fast responses’. Michelle Collins leads the nine-lawyer team and ‘applies her in-depth technical skills in a client-friendly way’.

Stephen Green leads the team at Fosters, which is noted for its ‘very knowledgeable and friendly manner’. STEP-qualified senior associate Trina Worden is also recommended.

Leathes Prior assists many estates with complex inheritance tax matters, business and agricultural property and charitable beneficiaries. STEP-qualified William Riley, who is deputy for a £2m estate, and associate Tessa Bonser are recommended.

At Rogers and Norton, Wenke Lie-Critchley and the ‘knowledgeable, caring’ Louisa Shailes advise on the administration of large and complex estates across Norfolk.

Spire Solicitors LLP has been ‘a welcome addition to the Norwich marketplace and is developing a strong market share’. Head of private client Alisdair Liddle has ‘a practical approach to complex work’ and excels in elderly and care home fee matters.

Extremely helpful and efficient’ associate Karen Bacon leads the team at Steeles Law, which administered a £750,000 estate with numerous charitable beneficiaries.

Personal tax, trusts and probate: Peterborough

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Buckles Solicitors LLP’s team is ‘professional, approachable and clear in its advice’. Duncan Jackson is a leading light for high-value estates matters who ‘explains complex issues simply’. He advised on restructuring an £80m trust. Senior associate Sallyann Short joined from Penningtons Manches LLP.

Tim Addinell at Greenwoods Solicitors LLPgives good advice in a friendly and understandable way’. He advised a £10m estate on inheritance tax matters. Associates Kerri Pellington-Woodrow and Suzanne Evans are also recommended.

Hegarty LLP’s ‘prompt and extremely professional’ team is ‘one of the best in the area’. The ‘measured, thorough, helpful and friendly’ Greg Baker has advised many estates valued in excess of £10m.

Henry Anstey at Hunt & Coombs LLP is ‘an extremely competent individual and a safe pair of hands’. He advised on tax planning for an £8m estate. ‘Highly personable’ legal executive Jenny Newell is also recommended.

Personal tax, trusts and probate: Elsewhere in East Anglia

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Alan Brown’s team at Ashtons Legal is rated for its ‘clear and considered advice’. Other key figures include Court of Protection specialist Adrian Mundell, elderly matters expert Alison Budge, who advised on tax planning for a £3m estate, and the ‘patient, approachable and understanding’ Elizabeth Dunn.

Key individuals at Fosters include Lowestoft-based Rachel Chiarotti and Laura van Ree in Wymondham, who is noted for her ‘great sensitivity and compassion’.

Tax adviser and STEP member Wayne Perrin leads Greene & Greene’s ‘highly competent and approachable’ team and is noted for his ‘thoroughness and technical ability’. He advised on restructuring a £15m agricultural estate.

At Hunt & Coombs LLP, head of probate Paddy Appleton ‘explains matters clearly and has excellent technical knowledge’. He advised on cross-border issues arising from £1m estate.

The ‘depth and breadth of knowledge is impressive’ at Nicholsons Solicitors LLP. Ann-Marie Matthews advised three estates individually valued at over £2m, and is acting for two clients with more than £1m in assets.

Butcher Andrews has ‘a committed team with a wealth of experience’. Darren Linthwaite retired, so Simon Underwood now leads a team known for ‘combining legal expertise with personal service’.

Fraser Dawbarnshandles matters effectively and efficiently’. Harleen Hanson now leads the team, which includes Tony Barratt and Sarah Lamb.

Gotelee Solicitors’ Felixstowe office is home to Matthew Boast, who has 20 yeas’ experience in private client matters and serves a large local client base.

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Steeles Law’s Diss office includes Ruth Pyatt, who is ‘extremely approachable and helpful’.

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