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Hewitsons

SHAKESPEARE HOUSE, 42 NEWMARKET ROAD, CAMBRIDGE, CB5 8EP, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01223 461155
Fax:
Fax 01223 316511
DX:
133155 CAMBRIDGE 8
Email:
Web:
www.hewitsons.com

Bernadette O’reilly

Tel:
Work 01223 532763
Email:
Hewitsons

Work Department

Private client group.

Position

Trusts, tax, charities, probate, powers of attorney, wills and succession planning. Acts for wealthy families and those of modest means. Advises on matters with a foreign element, including advising on off-shore trusts, domicile, residence and conflicts of law. Trust matters include creation of trusts, exercise of trustees’ powers and duties, tax planning in connection with trusts and trust disputes.

Career

Trained Lawrence Graham; qualified 1993. Junior associate Speechly Bircham 1993-95; associate Mischon de Reya 1995-97; Garretts (then Andersen Legal – Deloitte – Strand Legal in same team) 1997-2004; SJ Berwin 2004-11; joined Hewitsons as partner 2011.

Member

Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners.

Education

University of Warwick (BA Hons History); College of Law, Chester; STEP.


East Anglia: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit

Within: Charities and not-for-profit

The level of service is second to none’ at Hewitsons, which impresses with its willingness to ‘leave no stone unturned’. The firm acts for more than 400 charities, educational organisations and social enterprises, and is known for its deep sector knowledge and its specialist expertise, which includes a complete grant making, governance and administration service for grant-making charities. ‘Very thoughtful and responsive’ team head Chris Knight and solicitor Martyn Robinson are ‘polite, reassuring and easy to talk to’. Robinson specialises in charity governance and regulation. Clients also praise the work of highly experienced rural and property partner Denise Wilkinson, who advises land-owning charities such as the RSPB and Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, estate planner Bernadette O’Reilly, planning and environment specialist Deborah Sharples and construction expert Colin Jones. Knight and Robinson recently advised tourism destination management organisation Visit Cambridge and Beyond on its spinout from Cambridge City Council and on the establishment of its governance arrangements. The team also acted for Paradise Wildlife Park Limited on the transfer of charitable assets, activities and income streams to associated charity The Zoological Society of Hertfordshire. The firm’s extensive list of charity clients includes the Canal and River Trust, The Rothschild Foundation, United Church Schools Trust, the Henry Moore Foundation and Riders for Health.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Cambridge

Within: Leading individuals (region-wide)

Bernadette O’Reilly - Hewitsons

Within: Personal tax, trusts and probate: Cambridge

The level of service is fantastic’ at Hewitsons, whose private client team works across all four of its offices. Key figures in Cambridge include team head Daniel Curtis; the ‘helpful and friendlyElizabeth Davies, who is ‘well informed, always quick to respond and provides top-notch service’; the ‘attentive, personable and professionalBernadette O’Reilly, who is ‘very knowledgeable on trusts’, especially those involving international assets; and solicitor Katherine Hague, who ‘excels in all financial matters’. Vastly experienced associates Emma Satterly and Kelly Wardell are recommended for tax planning, trusts and Court or Protection matters. The firm is well known for its administration of trusts and has a strong client base of landed estates, owners of heritage property and high-net-worth individuals. The team recently acted for the trustees of a trust valued at more than £20m in complex tax and succession planning matters.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Elsewhere in East Anglia

Within: Leading individuals (region-wide)

Bernadette O’Reilly - Hewitsons

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Ipswich

Within: Leading individuals (region-wide)

Bernadette O’Reilly - Hewitsons

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Norwich

Within: Leading individuals (region-wide)

Bernadette O’Reilly - Hewitsons

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Peterborough

Within: Leading individuals (region-wide)

Bernadette O’Reilly - Hewitsons

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East Anglia: Public sector

Education

Within: Education

At Hewitsons, ‘the overall level of service is very good; the firm has shown its expertise in this area over the years and the advice is thorough and comprehensive’, say clients, who value the firm’s ‘pragmatic and commercial advice’. The practice’s expertise encompasses real estate and construction projects, school restructuring and academisation projects, commercial matters and freedom of information issues. The ‘very knowledgeable and highly expertChris Knight, who leads the charities and education teams, and solicitor Martyn Robinson are ‘highly knowledgeable, professional and responsive, always providing strong customer support’. They advised Morris Education Trust on its conversion into a multi-academy trust. They draw support from across the firm, including private wealth partner Bernadette O’Reilly, construction specialist and managing partner Colin Jones, and real estate partner James Simpson. Jones acted for City of Cambridge Education Foundation on the development of a new school site.

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