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Blake Morgan LLP provides ‘professional and reliable advice’ to business owners, landowners, charitable bodies, company directors and financial organisations. ‘Courteous and sensitive’ associate solicitor Awen Mellick ‘has real expertise in her field and continues to develop her knowledge staying up to date on changes in tax and pensions legislation’. ‘Knowledgeable and good-humoured’ associate Nicky Sherrard is also recommended.

Claire Johnson and Helen Downes jointly lead Geldards LLP’s team, which provides ‘a reliable, personable and supportive’ service across the spectrum of private client work including IHT advice and succession planning strategies. The team is also known for its ‘excellent charities practice’ and regularly advises private clients on their philanthropic plans, while the ‘efficient and personable’ Anne Taylor has significant knowledge of Court of Protection matters.

Led by ‘efficient and knowledgeableMatthew Evans, the five-partner wealth management team at Hugh James advises on the full range of contentious and non-contentious private client matters including bespoke work as well as volume trust and estate administration and will writing. Sarah Cash regularly acts for high-net-wealth individuals, and Eleanor Evans is recommended for her estates and trusts administration work on behalf of financial institutions and trust corporation clients.

At JCP Solicitors, Chris Shaw leads on lifetime planning for a varied client base that includes numerous high-net-worth individuals. Lynne Morgan provides Court of Protection expertise to elderly patients, and the ‘knowledgeable’ Arwel Davies (who is based in the firm’s Fishguard office) advises on wills and estate administration for a wide range of clients.

NewLaw Solicitors’ Katie Edwards leads on estate planning and tax advice, while the ‘reassuring and capable’ Robert Thomas regularly serves as a professional deputy appointed by the Court of Protection to assist people in managing their financial affairs after they have lost mental capacity.

At Red Kite Law LLP, Tim Haggar is well regarded for advising on financial planning as well as handling Court of Protection work. Mathew Bowen has particular expertise in agricultural relief and trusts.

Co-headed by the ‘patient and understanding’ Laith Khatib and John O’Connell, Howells Solicitorsperforms exceptionally well in this area’. Claire Davis helps families set up wills and lifetime trusts to protect vulnerable and disabled children.

At Hutchinson Thomas, ‘personable and knowledgeable’ team head Louise Williams provides ‘measured and accurate advice’. Rhian Williams has ‘excellent legal knowledge’, as well as ‘an innate ability to relate to people from all walks of life’.

Berry Smith’s Chris Beames specialises in Court of Protection work involving cases relating to vulnerable or disabled children.

At Douglas-Jones Mercer, team head Jonathan Powell has a good reputation among IFAs and banks and regularly receiving referrals to advise on wills, trusts and succession planning.

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    In the field of the acquisition of easements by prescription, little has caused more consternation over the last decade or so than the question of whether a right to park cars can be acquired by twenty years user as of right. The types of property capable of being adversely affected range from individual residential units all the way up to major development sites. The establishment of such a right can have a devastating impact on the value of the burdened land.

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