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Clients of Addleshaw Goddard LLP appreciate the firm’s ability to combine corporate and private client expertise; for some, β€˜there is no other firm in the North West that provides the breadth of expertise to deal with complex family and business arrangements’. The β€˜practical and commercial’ Yorke Eaton acts for a wide range of clients, from young entrepreneurs to established landed families.

The β€˜technically excellent’ Mark Feeny leads a β€˜very strong’ team at Brabners LLP that provides a β€˜thoroughly professional, personal and friendly service’ to regional and national clients. Key figures include the β€˜vastly experienced’ Duncan Bailey, Paul Lochery, who is singled out for his β€˜outstanding knowledge of the complexities of trust and tax planning’, and Richard Bate, who advises owner-managed businesses, wealthy individuals and a number of high-profile sportsman on estate planning issues.

The β€˜excellent’ Sean Williams leads the β€˜strong team’ at Hill Dickinson LLP, which advises on wills, trusts, capital tax planning and contentious and non-contentious trust and estate administration. Also recommended are Fionnuala Kenny, who is β€˜technically very astute’, and Jane Lee and Paul Baker.

Hugh Jones Solicitors’ β€˜exceptionally knowledgeable’ team handles a range of trust law matters, including court of protection and issues involving mental capacity. β€˜The team is able to deal with discrete issues cost-effectively and always puts the client first’. Hugh Jones is β€˜top class’.

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP fields a team whose β€˜specialist expertise in probate and trust work can rival the work of the top London firms’. The team is adept at handling complex multi-jurisdictional work and acts for a number of internationally renowned sportspersons. Practice head Graham Wood is β€˜exceptionally personable and well regarded’.

Mills & Reeve LLP fields β€˜one of the most capable departments in the North West’. Tony Hall is β€˜brilliant technically but can explain difficult areas of law in a simple and understandable way’. Also recommended are the β€˜charming and approachable’ Zahra Siddiqui and Deborah Clark.

At Aaron & Partners LLP, β€˜turnaround is always quick, the advice given is clear and appropriate and there is continuity in the personnel doing the work’. Clive Pointon is β€˜clear, realistic, patient and good humoured’. Senior associate James Wallace is also recommended.

DWF’s β€˜approachable and friendly’ team regularly acts for high-net-worth individuals across the region and nationally. Tax planning and asset protection remain a key focus of the practice. Paul Davies and associate Susan Sherry are recommended.

Gorvins Solicitors fields a team of β€˜local and experienced specialists’ that advises on trusts, lasting powers of attorney, estate planning and administration. Valerie Brown is β€˜very approachable, efficient and responsive’, and is recommended alongside practice head Christine Thornley.

JMW Solicitors LLP’s β€˜responsive team’ advises family business owners and landed gentry on inheritance tax and succession planning and on the application of agricultural and business property reliefs from inheritance tax. Practice head Elaine Roche and the β€˜practical and down-to-earth’ Tasnim Khalid are recommended.

Linder Myers is recommended for its Court of Protection work in addition to advising on personal tax, probate and tax planning. It regularly acts for high-net-worth individuals, landowners and farmers. The β€˜very knowledgeable’ Andrew Cusworth is recommended.

The β€˜pragmatic and responsive’ team at Myerson Solicitors LLP is skilled at advising on complex tax planning issues and the administration of high-value estates (including those with foreign property) and trusts. Amanda Freeman is β€˜quick to grasp complex issues and distil them succinctly’. Bik-ki Irving joined the team from SAS Daniels LLP.

At SAS Daniels LLP, team head Justine Clowes specialises in mental capacity work, care funding and older client issues. The β€˜very knowledgeable and helpful’ Helen Kelly is recommended for her trusts work. Bik-Ki Irving is now at Myerson Solicitors LLP.

Slater and Gordon’s β€˜well-rounded, capable team always looks for the most cost-effective solution for its clients’. Kate Brassington and James Beresford are names to note.

Paul Horton at Weightmans LLP provides a β€˜professional and friendly service’ and is especially recommended for his inheritance tax advice. Also recommended among the β€˜experienced and knowledgeable’ team are senior associate James Knowles, who is β€˜keenly focused on the relevant issues and their impact on clients’, and department head Carole Atkinson.

Forbes Solicitors advises on the full spectrum of private client matters, from tax and estate planning to drafting wills and trusts. It has a particular focus on elderly client matters. Associate Patricia Prescott is recommended.

London-based Ian Burman heads the β€˜knowledgeable’ team at Laytons, which handles all aspects of personal tax, trusts and probate for a number of the region’s wealthiest business owners, enterpreneurs and celebrities. Manchester-based Steven Appleton and Liz Braude are also recommended.

At Slater Heelis LLP, Chris Partington is recommended for his court of protection expertise. Rebecca Sharp left the firm in June 2016.

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