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Barker Gotelee's 'knowledgeable staff are polite and friendly, with in-depth knowledge of their subject'. Senior partner¬†James Skellorn¬†leads a private client practice that caters not only for many clients in the agricultural sector, but also for a growing number of high-net-worth individuals with family business interests. He recently acted for the executors of a multimillion-pound estate in a probate case that involved a complex arrangement of overseas assets. STEP-qualified partner¬†Nick Palmer¬†has 18 years' experience and is recommended for trusts, tax planning and care fees planning. 'Caring, passionate'¬†STEP-qualified associate Ann-Marie Matthews¬†is ‚Äėexcellent, very efficient‚Äė. Associate Gail Frankland¬†is ‚Äėenthusiastic, practical and does what she promises to do on time; she also has empathy,¬†strength and emotional resilience that enable people who deal with her to feel confident'. Probate and trust manager¬†Peter Gooch¬†is also recommended.

The 'highly competent and very responsive' practice at Birketts LLP is 'particularly strong in this area and a leader in local market for these services'. Head of probate Louise Long  is the key contact in Ipswich and clients describe her as 'personable, knowledgeable and very good with clients'. She specialises in estate administration and has extensive experience in dealing with multimillion-pound estates with complex family and tax issues involving negotiations with HMRC. Charles Boscawen has been at the firm for more than 30 years and has a large client base across East Anglia for will and estates work. 'Considered, pragmatic' senior associate Richard Guy  is 'happy to help and explain ideas and concepts to clients in words they understand, and he is not afraid to challenge preconceptions or perceived truths which are wrong'. Agricultural specialist Nigel Farthing also plays a key role in the practice. He worked with Long and Guy to handle the administration of the estate of an intestate man who had assets in excess of £2m.

Kerseys Solicitors LLP¬†provides ‚Äėexcellent service and is¬†highly professional, always giving sound advice‚Äė. The lawyers ‚Äėgo above and beyond what is required of them‚Äė and one client remarks that they have ‚Äėextensive and specialist¬† knowledge in all areas, and the¬†value for money is far superior to other solicitors due to the speed at which they work to resolve matters and respond to queries'.¬†The practice handles the¬†drafting of wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney, applications to the Court of Protection and¬†the administration of estates including those involving complex inheritance tax issues and high-net-worth individuals.¬†Peter Awad¬†leads the practice and he recently advised a client on the administration of a high-value discretionary will trust.¬†‚ÄėExtremely good and very prompt'¬†associate¬†Ross Burkitt, who moved from the litigation department to focus on wills and trusts, is ‚Äėefficient, polite, helpful and approachable; he makes the whole process easy'.Newly promoted partner¬†Tharani Thangavel¬†is highly recommended, as are partner Geoffrey Sutton¬†and consultant¬†Nigel Bonham-Carter.

Prettys Solicitors LLP is a highly respected firm in Ipswich and private client work is a mainstay of its practice. The firm is praised for its focus on client care and the breadth of its work, which includes cases involving mental capacity issues, high-net-worth estate planning, tax planning and trusts work. STEP member Zoe Hodge leads the practice and is best known for tax-efficient succession planning for individuals, business owners and agricultural clients. Last year, she led several high-value probate and trusts matters, often acting as a trustee. Solicitor and STEP member Nigel George has more than 30 years' experience in private client matters and has specialist skills in the area of dementia, mental capacity and end of life care. He is a member of the National Council of Palliative Care, the Alzheimer’s Society and a Dementia Champion. Solicitor Laura Parker is also recommended for estates and probate matters.

At¬†Ashtons Legal¬†the service is¬†‚Äėexemplary and without fault‚Äė. The firm is ‚Äėby far the best‚Äė, according to one client, while another describes the lifetime planning practice as 'professional, knowledgeable, friendly'. The firm handles tax and estate planning for the professional, academic and agricultural clients in¬†Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, often involving complex and multi-jurisdictional matters. The firm has a particular niche in French legal affairs.¬†Associate Louise Cardwell¬†is ‚Äėa rising star who should be fast-tracked to partner'. Rising star associate Janette Wand¬†is 'kind, gentle, helpful and a pleasure to work with'. Together they provide 'a holistic service with a real emphasis on attention to detail and client care'. She recently advised¬†a family with assets in excess of ¬£2m on trusts, wills and agricultural matters.

Gotelee Solicitors has a highly experienced private client partner in STEP member Peter Crix, who has more than 30 years' experience in this area of law. Crix recently took over the role of senior parter but remains closely involved in fee earning and continues his role as trustee of numerous and substantial trusts including a landed estate in Yorkshire, a portfolio of residential properties in London and a multimillion-pound fund for a disabled beneficiary. Associate Karine Jowitt is also recommended.

Blocks provides 'a very speedy service'. The firm has grown its private client practice and Emma Woollard, who has 20 years' experience and joined from Gotelee Solicitors in 2016, is 'good at communicating and always helpful'. The firm has a broad client base across Suffolk but has a particular focus on clients in the agricultural sector, which it advises on the full range of matters including wills, trusts, estate planning, probate, administration of estates, powers of attorney and Court of Protection deputyships. Woollard's highlights included handling the multimillion-pound estate of a deceased client with significant agricultural holdings.

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