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Woodfines LLP

16 ST CUTHBERT'S STREET, BEDFORD, MK40 3JG, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01234 270600
Fax:
Fax 01234 210128
DX:
5619 BEDFORD
Email:
Web:
www.woodfines.co.uk

Stephen Patch

Tel:
Work 01234 270600
Email:
Web:
www.woodfines.co.uk
Woodfines LLP

Work Department

Wills, Trusts,Tax & Probate

Position

Partner

Career

Stephen is a Partner at Woodfines and joined the firm in 2017 from Cambridge firm, Taylor Vinters.

Specialist in:

  • Estate planning for individuals (including business owners and agricultural clients)
  • Wills
  • Inheritance Tax planning
  • Trusts
  • Probate
  • Lasting Powers of Attorney

Stephen has a wealth of experience in advising on all aspects of private client law and has been doing so since 2004. He excels in the following areas:

  • He is able to navigate individuals through increasingly complex issues in relation to tax, trust and estate planning in an understandable and informative way.
  • Stephen is recognised for his personal approach and has the ability to make you feel at ease and confident that he will see the ‘bigger picture’ and provide you with a first class service.
  • He never underestimates the importance of ‘getting to know the client’ to offer truly bespoke advice.

Member

Full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)


East Anglia: Private client

Personal tax, trusts and probate: Cambridge

Within: Personal tax, trusts and probate: Cambridge

The team at Woodfines LLP underwent significant change last year but it still retains an experienced and respected team of private client lawyers. Karl Dembicki moved to Buckles Solicitors LLP but Tim Addinell joined from Greenwoods GRM to work with veteran consultant Alun Butler and Esther Marchant, who has 30 years' experience in private client matters. The firm-wide practice is also led by a new recruit in the form of Stephen Patch who joined from Taylor Vinters. The firm handles the full range of wills, taxation, estate planning, trusts and probate work for high-net-worth individuals, business owners, academics and entrepreneurs. Addinell recently acted for an estate valued at more than £20m in a highly complex probate matter involving substantial shares and property.

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South East: Private client

Agriculture and estates

Within: Agriculture and estates

Woodfines LLP attracts praise for its 'practical advice and ability to meet essential deadlines'. The firm's multi-disciplinary team handles the full range of issues for rural and farming clients, from commercial, rural and agricultural land matters, to providing tax, trusts and probate advice. Key figures include agriculture and rural property head Charlotte Benjamin, who regularly handles agricultural land sales and purchases, as well as diversification matters; John Egan, who heads the family department practice and acts for high-net-worth individuals in financial claims, often involving substantial estates; and Stephen Patch, who joined the firm in 2017 from Taylor Vinters.

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

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

Woodfines LLP is refocusing its personal tax practice on complex estate planning work for high-net-worth clients, following the recruitment of Stephen Patch, who joined in 2017 from Taylor Vinters and now heads the practice. He brings his expertise in tax, trust and estate planning to the practice, which includes Nigel Ashton, who has a strong focus on issues concerning mental health, particularly in the elderly; Mikhala Leak, whose expertise covers Court of Protection, wills and lasting powers of attorney, and inheritance tax planning, among other matters; and Mike Cox, who has an extensive track record in wills and probate matters.

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