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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.

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