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Browne Jacobson LLP’s ‘technically strong’ team provides advice on succession issues for business owners, acts on the administration of large estates, and assists with offshore and onshore trusts and tax planning issues. Practice head William Colacicchi is praised for his ‘in-depth knowledge of estate matters and business property relief planning’. Also recommended are the ‘highly knowledgeable and qualifiedWenna Thompson and Lucy Worwood.

Paul Thompson heads the team at Freeths, which is noted for its work in relation to trust administration and estate planning and probate. Also recommended are Court of Protection experts Sue Miles and Natasha Molloy.

Hewitsons’ ‘highly professional’ practice is led by Clare Colacicchi, who is praised for her ‘integrity and knowledge’. The team is particularly active in inheritance tax planning issues, trust administrations and reorganisations, and the administration of complex estates. Catherine Ball is also recommended.

Nelsons Solicitors Limited’s Richard Grosberg heads the ‘extremely efficient, very knowledgeable and highly experienced’ team, which routinely advises high-net-worth clients on inheritance tax planning solutions.

Roythornes Solicitors’ ‘proactive and excellent’ team has particular knowledge advising agribusinesses and landowners. Elizabeth Young heads the team, which was recently bolstered by the arrival of Sarah Banner from Shoosmiths LLP. Jarred Wright is also recommended.

At Shakespeare Martineau LLP, practice head Mark Dunkley and Stephen Woolfe have extensive experience advising high-net-worth individuals, executors and trustees on the administration of trusts and landed estates. Woolfe is advising the executors of Gerta Silberberg on the administration of the estate, which has involved tracing stolen art owned by the father-in-law of the deceased and which was seized during the Second World War.

Actons’ team is led by Mandy Kelly, who routinely advises high-net-worth individuals on tax and inheritance matters. The ‘very knowledgeable’ Christina Yardley is also recommended.

Flint Bishop LLP’s team continues to grow its track record on complex probate issues for foreign-domiciled clients and UK-domiciled clients with foreign assets. Claire Rudkin heads the practice, which is acting in the administration of an estate worth in excess of £10m.

Clients rate Geldards LLP’s team for its ‘professional and efficient approach’, and for its senior-level expertise in the administration of cross-border estates. Erica Thomson heads the team. Grace Steele left the firm to join Ellis-Fermor & Negus.

Langleys Solicitors LLP handles the full range of private client matters, including succession planning and estate administration. Andrew Fearn and David Wood are recommended.

In June 2016, Rothera Dowson merged with Sharp Young & Pearce LLP, forming Rothera Sharp Solicitors. Highlights for Karen Hayward included handling several multimillion-pound estates, including one worth £3.5m and another worth £1.1m where the residuary beneficiary has signed a deed of variation to benefit charity. The team, which is headed by Jayne Smith, is also active in promoting the interests of elderly clients.

Howes Percival LLP is especially noted for its advice on succession planning and estate administration. Jane Cowley and Lindsey Atterbury are the names to note.

Shoosmiths LLP provides the full range of estate planning and administration advice to a range of clients including business owners, directors and retired individuals, and works closely with the firm’s corporate tax lawyers to assist with assets that may qualify for business tax reliefs. Trevor George is the key figure in the firm’s Northampton office.

Lisa-Jane Howes heads Wilkin Chapman LLP’s ‘professional and excellent’ team, which specialises in estate and tax planning matters with an agricultural element.

Rachel Hawkins and Vicki Pearce jointly lead the team at Wilson Browne Solicitors, which advises on the administration of estates, trusts and tax planning, and on lasting power of attorney and wills.

Spearing Waite LLP’s team stands out for its ‘excellent service and good value for money’. Luke Appleby joined Buckles Solicitors LLP in 2015. Marie Cooper and Alexandra Howard now lead the team.

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