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Agriculture and estates

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  1. Agriculture and estates
  2. Leading individuals

Boodle Hatfield LLP provides ‘clear and comprehensive advice’ to more than 80 landed estates, including Grosvenor and the Bedford Estate. Fiona Graham stands out for her ‘initiative, efficiency, promptness and practical, lucid and succinct advice’. Natasha Hassall is also recommended.

At Cripps LLP, practice head Sally Firby led advice to Evremond Estate on the purchase of land to be used for the production of sparkling wine. Peter Scott is ‘very good for CGT and trust advice’.

Freeths’ ‘diligent and experienced’ team is noted for its ‘well-rounded, client-focused advice’. Agricultural property specialist Iain Davis leads the six-partner team and stands out for his knowledge of housing developments. Also recommended are the ‘extremely user-friendlySamantha Leigh and Jane Maitland, who is a key name for succession planning. Clients include the Carington Estate and the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution.

Key names in Irwin Mitchell’s ‘excellent’ team (which incorporates Thomas Eggar LLP’s practice following the merger of both firms) include James Pavey, who is valued for his ‘extraordinary attention to detail and thoroughness’; and Richard Venables Kyrke and Iain MacLeod. Highlights included advising on the sale of the Norris Castle Estate on the Isle of Wight.

Steve Colville’s practice at Warners Solicitors was bolstered in 2015 by the return of tax planning expert Philip Raggett from asb law LLP. Also recommended are litigator Michael McNally and criminal and regulatory specialist Tim Ryan.

Birketts LLP’s team is praised for its ‘practical and theoretical knowledge’ and it has notable property and private client expertise. Key names include senior associate Laura Pooley and associate Annabelle Rout, who are ‘responsive’.

Mark Charter leads the team at Blake Morgan LLP, which has been kept busy handling property purchases and sales, and refinancing.

Brachers is praised for its ‘excellent understanding, interpretation and application of the law’. Sarah Webster and Sarah Gainesrespond to matters promptly and thoroughly’. The ‘experiencedChristopher Eriksson-Lee joined the firm in 2015 from Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP.

At Furley Page Solicitors, practice head Christopher Wacher advised a farming business on installing a solar array scheme.

At Knights, Matthew Knight stands out for his ‘excellent bedside manner combined with a tenacity in negotiating favourable settlements for his clients’. Clients include the Game Farmers’ Association and the NFU.

Spratt Endicott is ‘excellent in all departments’ and ‘good value for money’. Christopher Goldingham, David Endicott and Howard Meakin are notable names.

Whitehead Monckton’s ‘formidable team’ is jointly headed by Stephen Beck and Robert Coombe.


Charities and not-for-profit

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  1. Charities and not-for-profit
  2. Leading individuals

Blake Morgan LLP’s ‘market-leading’ practice has a particular focus on the healthcare sector and has been handling a number of legacy disputes and mergers between charities. Cients include the British Red Cross and Oxfam. Elizabeth Davis leads the team, which includes real estate specialist Sean Palka. Alison Talbot and Liam Desmond moved to Penningtons Manches LLP and Spratt Endicott, respectively.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is highly regarded for its national charities sector expertise. Key figures in the Guildford office include Duncan Elson, who is well known for handling contested legacies, and ‘responsive’ senior associate Ben Smith. Clients include Cancer Research UK and Save the Children.

Freeths’ team is noted for its ‘excellent’ handling of disputed legacies as well as its property expertise. Practice head Nigel Roots, Angela Bowman and director Lesley Pollock are the key names. Clients include Comic Relief and Help for Heroes.

At Barlow Robbins LLP, the ‘excellentGordon Reid led a team advising Shooting Star Chase on an agreement pertaining to a donation arising from the profits of a record single. Joanna Lada-Walicki has a niche focus acting for education sector clients. Helen Harvie is a consultant specialising in charity law.

Blandy & Blandy LLP’s ‘knowledgeable’ and ‘proactive’ team in Reading acts for local clients including Thames Valley Air Ambulance and Berkshire Community Foundation. The ‘professional, approachable and pragmaticNick Burrows is recommended.

Cripps LLP’s ‘very good’ team is now led by Kate Arnold. Former department head Peter Scott led advice to charitable trust Kelmarsh on a bid for heritage lottery funding.

Furley Page Solicitors is ‘well placed to support the sector wherever advice is required’. Aaron Spencer is recommended for his practical approach and experience.

IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett)’s ‘very good’ practice has particular expertise in ecclesiastical matters, as illustrated by its advice to the Institute of Our Lady of Mercy on the closure of a spiritual retreat centre.

Recent highlights for Whitehead Monckton’s team include advising Homeless Care on the purchase of a disused public house to be used as temporary accommodation for the homeless. Katie Broadfield is the key name.


Contentious trusts and probate

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  1. Contentious trusts and probate
  2. Leading individuals

Charles Russell Speechlys LLPranks among the very best firms in the country for contentious trusts and probate’. Practice head Duncan Elson is ‘bright, practical, engaging’ and ‘an established household name in the field’, senior associate James Lister is ‘simply outstanding’ and associate Rebecca Piper has ‘a brilliant attention to detail’.

Cripps LLP provides ‘an exceptional level of service’ and advice that is ‘worth every penny’. Myles McIntosh, a specialist in high-value contentious probate, leads the team, which handles ‘multimillion-pound disputes with ease’. Also recommended are Russell Simpson, who is ‘a brilliant negotiator and strategist’, and the ‘outstandingPhilip Youdan.

Freeths is ‘among the best’ in the space. The ‘experiencedSarah Foster frequently handles multi-jurisdictional disputes and is recommended along with charities specialist Angela Bowman, who is ‘a calm and assured presence, and a formidable litigator’.

Thomas Eggar LLP’s merger with Irwin Mitchell brought strong private client capabilities to the latter firm. The practice acts for professional trustees, trustee companies, charitable trusts and high-net-worth individuals. The ‘practical, approachable and sensiblePaula James leads the team, which includes associates Margaret Windram and Samantha Ewing.

Clients of B P Collins LLP’s ‘excellent’ team appreciate its ‘creative approach to tailoring solutions to the client’s objectives’. Craig Williams and Matthew Brandiscombine a thorough understanding of the relevant law with commercial realism and tactical nous’.

At Gardner Leader LLP, Alastair Goggins leads the ‘forward-thinking’ team and is singled out as ‘a sound tactician’. Senior associate Tara McInnes ‘brings a pragmatic and commercial approach to her cases’.

Griffith Smith Farrington Webb LLP handles the full range of contentious trusts and probate matters for individuals and estates. Deborah Cain and Nadia Cowdrey are the key names.

At TWM Solicitors LLP, Guy Perkins leads a team that acts for high-net-worth individuals and has ‘oodles of experience in all sorts of administration actions’.


Family: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40

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  1. Family: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40
  2. Leading individuals

Blake Morgan LLP’s group is headed by Christine Plews who ‘knows when to push a point, but is also understanding of the client’s needs’. Associate Catherine Morgan is the other key figure.

Blandy & Blandy LLP’s clients appreciate the practice’s ‘concise and carefully considered advice’. Andrew Don is ‘an experienced solicitor who is well-regarded locally’, and Brenda Long has ‘an excellent knowledge of the law’. The ‘outstandingClaire Dyer attracts praise for her ‘commitment to achieving a successful resolution and effective handling of matters’.

FreethsRachael Oakes is ‘a first-rate lawyer who instils great confidence in her clients’. Qualified mediator Claire Colbert joined from Blake Morgan LLP in 2016.

Kerry Smith is the key figure at K J Smith Solicitors, and is praised for her combination of ‘attention to detail while never losing sight of the client’s objectives’. Suzanne Foster is ‘highly professional in all matters’.

Penningtons Manches LLP is ‘excellent for high-net-worth cases’. Kerry Fretwell’s expertise includes child-related matters and financial settlements. Jane Mitchell is recommended for complex financial cases and child-related disputes, and Ruth James for her knowledge of complex and high-value financial matters.

Barrett & Thomson’s ‘solid, user-friendly’ practice is headed by Claire Fitzgerald, who ‘has extensive knowledge of the law, and is honest and direct’.

At Brethertons LLP, Simon Craddock is ‘clever, sensible and absolutely top-notch’. Sally Clark advises on divorce, separation, civil partnerships and cohabitation.

Clifton Ingram LLP Solicitors is ‘a sound family practice with particular strength in financial work’. Key figures include ‘formidable litigator’ Anne Deller, who heads the group in Wokingham, and Reading-based Kate Grant, who provides ‘effective and knowledgeable advice’.

Field Seymour Parkes LLP’s James Davies is ‘a real fighter who squeezes the best result from any situation’. Michelle Mann is recommended for high-value financial disputes, and Sue Baker specialises in Children Act cases.

Seona Myerscough is the key figure at Gardner Leader LLP. Jenny Buchanan specialises in financial matters, and Collette Bailey handles high-wealth divorce proceedings.

Royds Withy King’s group is led by Simon Bassett who is ‘a consistent high performer, particularly in matrimonial finance’. The ‘efficient and committed’ Anne Davies specialises in child-related work.

At Herrington Carmichael LLP, Maria Mulroe is noted for her ‘ ability to guide the client forward’. Andrew Smith is ‘ to reach out to’, and ‘always focused on the results’. The group is noted for its expertise in high-net-worth matters.

Knights Professional Services Limited’s John Randle regularly acts for high-net-worth clients in matters relating to financial settlements and divorce proceedings.

Rod Fowler is the key contact at Reeds Solicitors, which advises on divorce law and financial settlements, child protection, domestic abuse and injunctions.

Rowberry Morris is headed by Jasbinder Dail and includes the ‘professional and informativeJulie Gallimore.

Spratt Endicott is singled out for its ‘excellent industry knowledge’. Standout figures include ‘kind, patient and efficient’ practice head Patrick Mulcare and Naheed Taj.

Tony Roe Solicitors is a boutique divorce and family law specialist with a reputation for providing ‘outstanding service’ to clients including high-net-worth individuals, senior businessfigures and high-profile politicians and sports figures. Tony Roe’s extensive experience encompasses high-value and complex ancillary relief, childabduction cases and SEN matters. Other key figures include Tracey O’Dwyer, who specialises in cohabitee disputes involving multiple properties.

At Turpin & Miller LLPEmily Boardman ‘leads the team in a pragmatic, empathetic and focused way’, and mediator Ruth Hawkins is noted for her ‘good relationship with clients and peers’.


Family: Kent, Surrey, Sussex

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  1. Family: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
  2. Leading individuals

For some, Charles Russell Speechlys LLPremains the paragon of a family law firm in Surrey’. The practice handles all aspects of family law including divorce, childcare and court of protection work. Karen Wilsher took over as head from Margaret Tyson, who retired; clients praise her ‘impressive command of the law’.

Mundays LLP’s Sarah Duckworth is ‘a first-rate family and matrimonial specialist’, and newly promoted partner Rachel Lemon is ‘knowledgable and fair’. Miranda Green is also recommended.

The ‘extremely bright and astute’ Joanna Pratt leads the team at Thomson Snell & Passmore, which includes the ‘energetic and pragmatic’ Kirstie Law, Sarah Judd and senior associate Desmond O’Donnell.

asb law LLP’s growing practice is led by Mark Rennie, who excels in asset preservation for high-net-worth individuals. Associate Gail Brooks, who joined from Gullands Solicitors, is also recommended.

At Barlow Robbins LLP, the ‘calm and experiencedJudith Ball and ‘practical and results-driven’ Joanna Farrands are experienced in children disputes and cases involving offshore assets.

The ‘canny and insightfulStephen Smith heads the practice at Brachers, which includes the ‘robust and determinedMei-Ling McNab.

Cripps LLP’s practice is noted for its handling of high-value divorces and pre-nuptial agreements. Practice head Alex Davies and Vanda James are the key practitioners. Kate Lovegrove left the firm in May 2016.

Key figures at Family Law Partners include Alan Larkin, senior associate Lisa Burton-Durham and solicitor Sarah Jelly.

Jones Nickolds provides ‘a Rolls-Royce service at much more affordable prices’. Lisa Jones and Claire Nickolds are the key contacts.

Stevens & Bolton LLP’s practice is led by the well-regarded Caroline Gordon-Smith and includes ‘truly exceptional’ senior associate Grace Parker-White.

At TWM Solicitors LLP, Sarah Cornes, Lindsey Alexander and newly promoted partner Sarah Bostock are all recommended.

Rayma Collins heads the practice at Warners Solicitors and is well regarded for her collaborative law expertise. Matthew Aves is also recommended.

Blackfords LLP’s practice is led by Penelope Moult and specialises in children law matters and divorce proceedings.

Morrisons Solicitors LLP’s practice leader Stephanie Calthrop-Owen is noted for her ‘boundless energy and enthusiasm’.

Robert Worthing is the key contact at Rawlison Butler LLP.

Recommended individuals at Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP include the ‘excellentAlan Foster and solicitor Sarah Phillips.

Stantons Solicitors’ Jan Stanton is noted for his ability to ‘think outside of the box’.

At Whitehead Monckton, practice head Dawn Harrison and associate Jonathan Miller are well regarded.


Family: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx

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  1. Family: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
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B P Collins LLP’s ‘leading’ family law practice is led by Sue Andrews, who is singled out for her ‘keen attention to detail’, and includes ‘excellent’ senior associates Emma Baillie, Claire Filer and Fran Hipperson.

IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) is noted for its ‘excellent service’ and ‘insightful and timely advice’. The practice is equally adept at handling financial remedy cases and childcare matters. Key names for high-value divorce work include Amanda Melton and Richard Phillips. The ‘superbElizabeth Fitzpatrick is also recommended.

Boutique family specialist Rayden Solicitors is ‘a class act’ with a strong track record acting for high-profile individuals. The ‘very brightKatherine Rayden leads the team, which includes partners Julian Bremner, Nadia Biles Davies and Paula Butterworth. Also recommended are newly promoted partner Emily Watson, who is ‘a superb lawyer’, and the ‘constructive and pragmaticPriya Palanivel. Kate Elliott left the firm in January 2017.

Debenhams Ottaway’s practice head Helen Young provides ‘sound, practical advice’ and is supported by senior associates Richard Gilbert and Belinda Strange.

Hawkins Family Law is best known for handling high-value financial remedy cases. Key names include Jo Hawkins (who has ‘a wealth of experience’), Annabel Hayward, who provides ‘sound and pragmatic advice’, and Loraine Davenport.

SA Law LLP’s clients single out Marilyn Bell, for her ‘innate ability to always put her clients’ needs at the forefront of her work’, and senior associate Ruth Abrams, for her ‘sage and strategic advice’. Keith Docking retired.


Family: Hampshire

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The ‘tenacious and excellent’ Frank Prior now heads the team at Paris Smith LLP, with former head Huw Miles taking on a management role at the firm. The practice has a strong regional presence and covers all aspects of family law. Neil Davies and recently promoted partner Rachel Osgood are also recommended.

Blake Morgan LLP specialises in mediation and collaborative law. Practice head Simon Burgedisplays gravitas and authority’.

Coffin Mew LLP’s Chris Upfield specialises in armed forces family work. Sally Pike and senior associate Tina Day lead on pre-nuptial and contested children’s proceedings.

The ‘efficient and capable’ team at Moore Blatch LLP has worked on several pre-nuptial agreements and high-value divorce cases in 2015. Debra Emery is ‘a joy to work with’.

The ‘efficient, experienced’ Howard Gardener leads the team at Phillips Solicitors, which includes Hayley Euchas.


Family: Essex

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At Birkett Long LLP the ‘reliable, diligent and efficientPhilip Hoddell is adept in divorce and separation proceedings, and Liz Jones specialises in childcare matters. Melanie Loxley left the firm.

A go-to firm in the region’, Birketts LLP houses an ‘outstanding team with real strength in depth’, including ‘tenacious litigatorMelanie Wilson.

The team of ‘experienced practitioners’ at Fisher Jones Greenwood LLP is led by Simon Osborn and includes Lisa Tuckwell, who ‘gets results’ and is ‘not intimidated by her opponents’.

Nicky Coates leads the team at Ellisons Solicitors, which advises clients on issues including financial arrangements in divorce proceedings.

Catherine Polli and Sebastian Burrows at Pinney Talfourd LLP Solicitors are singled out as being ‘excellent, intelligent and thoughtful solicitors’.

Joshua Coombe at Tees Law assists clients with divorce proceedings, including financial settlements and childcare arrangements.


Personal tax, trusts and probate: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40

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Blandy & Blandy LLP’s ‘strong, technically experienced’ team is headed by Jonathan Gater, who is ‘extremely knowledgeable regarding trusts’. Also recommended are Caroline Casagranda and tax planning expert Graham Benwell.

Boodle Hatfield LLP’s Fiona Graham is ‘a top-class expert when it comes to trust, estate and tax work’. Natasha Hassall handles large estates and deals with heritage property issues, the Bedford Estate being a key client.

Freeths’ ‘thorough and dependable’ is led by Nigel Roots, who specialises in complex trust structures, and include the ‘excellentJane Maitland, who acts for a number of high-net-worth individuals, and Sarah Foster, who handles contentious probate matters.

Blake Morgan LLP’s group is singled out for its ‘clear, professional and ethical’ advice. Rachel Brooks heads the practice, which includes James Grieg, who is ‘outstanding in all respects’, and Kate Allred, who is recommended for cross-border matters.

Clifton Ingram LLP Solicitors’ three-partner team provides ‘an excellent, personalised service; nothing is too much trouble’. Peter McGeown, Stephanie Rose and Emma McCarthy are ‘committed, proactive and approachable’.

Field Seymour Parkes LLP’s Sue Vandersteen advises on the full gamut of private client matters, including tax, trusts, partnerships and farming estates. Rob Crowther is experienced in Court of Protection matters.

At Spratt EndicottLucy Gordonremains calm and efficient despite a heavy caseload’. David Endicott is ‘an excellent professional’ who ‘answers questions immediately’ and is ‘always on top of his game’.

Key individuals at Boyes Turner include Caroline Wallis, who advises high-net-worth individuals on wills, inheritance tax planning, probate and trusts, and Jenny Watson, who handles complex estate administration.

Simon Berry heads the team at Clarkslegal LLP; Berry focuses on estate planning and wealth structuring, and the group has strong expertise in asset protection, agricultural property and elderly client matters.

Herrington Carmichael LLP is noted for its ‘very strong tax advice and associated tax planning’. The ‘professional and approachable’ Anthony Tahourdin heads the practice.

Caroline van Zyl at Penningtons Manches LLP handles the full range of private client tax matters, including estates, trusts, lasting powers of attorney and dispute resolution. Associate Iain Managhan is the other key contact.

Royds Withy King’s Tom Gilman has ‘a good knowledge of trusts and probate, and is well liked by clients’. Jan Tyley is also recommended.


Personal tax, trust and probate: Kent, Surrey, Sussex

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  1. Personal tax, trust and probate: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
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For many clients, Cripps LLPis clearly in the top echelon’. Simon Leney heads the practice and is well regarded for his tax and estate planning expertise, and Amanda Chapman, whose expertise is in cross-border matters, is ‘very personable and practical’.

At Stevens & Bolton LLP, Nick Acomb is noted for his ‘outstanding technical excellence’, and practice head Stuart Skeffington is well regarded for tax issues. Senior associate Matthew Carmen is also recommended.

Thomson Snell & Passmore provides ‘London-level advice with a personal touch’. Recommended individuals include practice head Simon Brown, who specialises in protection of assets, and the ‘excellent’ Helen Stewart. Nicola Plant joined the team from Pemberton Greenish LLP.

At asb law LLP practice head Ellen Lambert ‘makes processes seem very simple for the client’; she advised on several contentious wills in 2015. Glen Miles heads the team that focuses on vulnerable people and regularly handles estate administrations.

Adams & Remers handled several high-value estate administrations in 2015. Christopher Walker heads the practice and ‘goes the extra mile’. Contentious trust specialist Lloyd Junor joined from Thomas Eggar LLP.

Barlow Robbins LLP’s nine-lawyer team is headed by Belinda Sanders and includes Tim Adams, who is recommended for contentious work. The practice handled several mental incapacity cases.

Brachers’ team stands out for its ‘extremely efficient’ service. Christopher Eriksson-Lee, who joined from Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP, took over as head from the experienced Simon Palmer.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP’s practice ‘provides a high level of personal service’ spanning a range of cases, from mental incapacity issues to inheritance tax planning. Key individuals include Duncan Elson and Sally Ashford, who was promoted to the partnership in 2015.

Coole Bevis LLP is noted for its ‘rapid responses and helpful advice’. Bibi Fortin Lees and consultant Amanda Epstein are recommended.

DMH Stallard LLP stands out for its ‘very personal service’. Key figures include the ‘very knowledgeable and helpfulMichael Derrick and practice head Lorna Fairburn, who is recommended for estate planning.

Harvey Barrett heads the team at Furley Page Solicitors, which includes Aaron Spencer, who ‘takes the time to engage fully with the client’, and solicitor Alexandra Gordon, who ‘explains things without jargon’.

Morrisons Solicitors LLP acted in several estate administrations and trustee disputes. Newly promoted partner Holly Chantler ‘goes the extra distance’ and is recommended for her Court of Protection work.

Liz Garvey heads the practice at Penningtons Manches LLP and ‘is excellent with clients’. 2015 highlights for Garvey included advising on complex probate issues and high-value estate administrations.

At TWM Solicitors LLP, the ‘excellent’ Allison Crossman leads a large team with particular experience in handling wills and inheritance tax-related property matters.


Personal tax, trusts and probate: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx

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  1. Personal tax, trusts and probate: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
  2. Leading individuals

B P Collins LLP is noted for its ‘fantastic service’. Senior associate Christine Moore is the key contact following Paul Lowery’s move to Boyes Turner.

Debenhams Ottaway’s ‘competent, professional and efficient’ practice has notable expertise in private wealth management and elderly care. Recommended individuals include Nicholas Turner, for his ‘exceptionally high degree of professional knowledge’; Susan Glenholme, who is ‘dedicated to her clients’; and Claire Sharp.

IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) progresses matters ‘smoothly and within agreed timescales’ and is highly regarded for handling cross-border intestacy matters and Court of Protection issues. Jacqueline Almond leads the team.

Sherrards Solicitors LLP’s ‘first-rate’ team has a strong following among non-domiciled clients. Nicole Marmor and Carolle Harriscombine technical excellence with the ability to communicate clearly and sensitively’.

At Shoosmiths LLP, Charlotte Dunndelivers a first-class, timely and efficient service’. She regularly advises executors on administering the estates of high-profile personalities.

Taylor Walton LLP is best known for advising high-net-worth clients. Richard Crocker leads a team that includes Alison Voyce and Alex Drake.

Tees Law provides ‘an excellent service’. Cathy Izzard and Stephen Hynard are the partner-level contacts in a team which also includes Patrick Green, French-qualified Hervé Blatry, Letitia Glaister and new arrival Frances Gill, who joined from Mackrell Turner Garrett.

Kay individuals at Woodfines LLP include Mike Cox, who provides ‘first-class advice’, and Nigel Ashton, who stands out for his ‘exceptional and invaluable’ support.


Personal tax, trusts and probate: Hampshire

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Blake Morgan LLP’s experience encompasses complex estates, tax planning and trusts matters, often with cross-border elements. ‘Excellent’ practice head Rachel Brooks is noted for her ‘ability to look at the practical aspects of cases’. Simon Treherne and Douglas Smith are also recommended.

Clarke Willmott LLP’s seven-lawyer team is experienced in succession planning, estate administration and legal issues affecting the elderly. Kelly Greig joined in 2015 from Trethowans LLP; she heads the practice, which includes Jessica Wiltshire. Anthony Whitwell has left the firm.

Moore Blatch LLP is recommended for its ‘client-centred, committed and conscientious’ approach. The ‘supportive and empathetic’ Fiona Heald heads the Court of Protection practice, while the ‘sharp, knowledgeable and accommodating’ Carla Brown leads on wills, tax and trust matter. Joyce Bradbeer is also recommended.

Paris Smith LLPhas superb business acumen and knowledge’. Practice head Nick Turner regularly acts for high-net-worth clients, and the team as a whole is experienced in the mitigation of inheritance tax, onshore and offshore trusts and advising on wills.

Penningtons Manches LLP’s team stands out for its ‘wealth of knowledge, experience and substantial resources’. Recent highlights include advising PennTrust on a claimant issue concerning a Georgian businessman’s estate. Michael Cash and senior associate Sian Hodgson have ‘an impressive knowledge of the technical law’.


Personal tax, trusts and probate: Essex

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  1. Personal tax, trusts and probate: Essex
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Birkett Long LLP’s group specialises in complex wills and tax mitigation as well as trust administration for elderly clients. Claire Read and the newly promoted Caroline Dowding are recommended.

Birketts LLP’s team, led by Tim Galloway, is praised for its ‘helpfulness, diligence, technical ability and excellent service’. Senior associate Catriona Galloway is also recommended.

Tim Steele and Lee McClellan at Palmers regularly act as professional trustees and independent administrators of high-value estates.

The group at Thompson Smith and Puxonprovides an outstanding service to its clients’. Fiona Ashworth and Robert Ashworth are renowned for their ‘great depth of knowledge and experience’.

The ‘extremely professional’ team at Wortley Byers LLPconsistently provides timely, knowledgeable and appropriate advice’. Poh Shan Chong and Nicola Healy are key contacts.


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