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Buckles Solicitors LLP has ‘a very big, multi-skilled practice that is still very approachable and with a down-to-earth approach‘. The firm has the largest private client practice in Peterborough. Head of private client Stephen Duffy, who focuses primarily on care home fees matters, and associate Rebekkah Cooper are described as ‘accountable, friendly, open, honest and very straight-talking‘. Duffy continues to successfully challenge several local authority assessments and to protect estates from care home fees and the costs of long-term care.  Duncan Jackson, who is now the firm's CEO and works between the Peterborough and London offices, is a highly respected wealth preservation specialist, whose practice focuses mainly on inheritance tax planning and trusts for ultrahigh-net-worth clients. He recently acted for British and Irish clients living in France on inheritance tax matters relating to properties in France and Spain with a value of £2m. The firm hired Suzanne Evans  from Greenwoods GRM to lead its Court of Protection practice, as well as bringing extensive experience in wills, powers of attorney, trusts and the administration of estates. STEP-qualified Charles Applegate, senior associate Sallyann Short and head of probate Beverley Diamond are also highly recommended.

Greenwoods GRM has ‘first-class people in a great team who are on the ball‘. The firm handles the full range of private client work including wills, trusts, estate planning and administration, and Court of Protection matters, and it has several STEP-qualified lawyers. Head of the private client department Kerri Pellington-Woodrow ‘explains things to clients in simple language and is incredibly helpful, empathetic and approachable'. Her recent highlights included advising the trustees of an accumulation and maintenance trust of which part had become a qualifying interest in possession following the Finance Act 2006. She was also appointed by the Court of Protection to act as finance deputy for a client with severe brain injury.  'I was very pleased with the level of service and the quick response', says a client of consultant Trevor George. Senior solicitor Anna Turner is also recommended for the administration of complex estates.

‘Solid, reliable and very traditional firm' Hunt & Coombs LLP has a private client department that is ‘competitively priced, professional and approachable'. The firm's wills, tax, trusts and probate practice operates seamlessly across all of its regional offices and Peterborough is home to a key partner in Henry Anstey, who ‘genuinely cares about his clients and how much he saves them'. He is a STEP member and his broad practice includes many matters for elderly clients. He is praised for being 'excellent in long-term care issues and complicated wills and trusts'. Senior solicitor John Wright and solicitor Andrea Harrod are also recommended. Last year, the practice handled the estate of a successful businessman with substantial shareholdings and corporate trusts. This involved a complex valuation and Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act claims.

Hegarty LLP is known for its knowledgeable and experienced private client lawyers, particularly those dealing with probate matters for high-value and complex estates, many of which have cross-border elements. Another key strength is its work on estate planning for high-net-worth individuals with agricultural and business assets. Greg Baker leads the practice and has 20 years' experience in complex wills, probate, powers of attorney, care fee funding issues, continuing NHS healthcare issues and personal capital taxation matters. STEP-qualified associate Jo Wild is a member of Solicitors for the Elderly and her work for elderly clients includes wills, powers of attorney, probate and care fee planning. Solicitor Emma Carter is also recommended.

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