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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.

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