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Rosamond McDowell

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Payne Hicks Beach

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Private Client


Rosamond is a partner specialising in tax and estate planning advice for individual private clients, families and trustees.  She helps families to plan, advising on estate and capital taxes, inheritance matters, wills, trusts and other financial structures.

Mental capacity is critical to estate planning matters, and Rosamond also advises on Lasting Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection matters.  


Difficulties can arise from maladministration of probates or breaches of trust, fiduciary or investment obligations, or when the laws of various jurisdictions internationally conflict.  Rosamond advises beneficiaries in these circumstances and is also experienced at defending executors and trustees who are subject to complaints from aggrieved beneficiaries (most notably in the recent case of Labrouche v Frey). 


Rosamond's clients include UK trustees and families, onshore and offshore, resident non-domiciled individuals, and those whose only UK nexus is an English law trust or dispute.


Qualified 1998; Biddle/Pinsents 1998-2004; Collyer Bristow 2004-14; Payne Hicks Beach 2014 as Partner


German and Arabic (fluent)


ACTAPS; The Law Society Private Client Section


MA Cantab (Clare College 1993)

LLM by research - Islamic Law and Fundamentalism (UEA 1994)

ordained Anglican Priest 2005

London: Private client

Agriculture and estates

Within: Agriculture and estates

Payne Hicks Beach acts for the owners of over 50 landed estates varying in size from 750 acres to well over 30,000 acres and is increasingly advising on farming business reorganisations and succession planning work in addition to undertaking a substantial amount of agricultural development work. Practice head Alastair Murdie  is recommended along with Robert Brodrick  who acts for both trustees and owners of landed estates primarily advising on tax and estate planning. Rosamond McDowell ’s practice spans contentious and non-contentious advisory, estate planning, trust and probate work. McDowell provides ‘sound and accessible advice and always goes the extra mile for her clients’. The group advises on the full array of matters from sophisticated tax matters such as maximising agricultural property relief and entrepreneurs’ relief to advising on protecting farmers from trespass and the use of alternative energy schemes and diversification. The ‘very thorough, patient and knowledgeable’ Simon Blackburn, who advises on transactional and land management matters, joined as a partner from Macfarlanes in November 2018.

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Contentious trusts and probate

Within: Contentious trusts and probate

Payne Hicks Beach  is ‘regularly involved in very significant disputes both on the beneficiary and trustee side and continues to successfully build its reputation in this area’. Richard Manyon  is a ‘rising superstar with tremendous intellect and a lot of commercial nous’ and the ‘hugely knowledgeable and experienced’ Stephen King  is ‘great to have on your side and never misses anything’. Rosamond McDowell provides ‘sound and accessible advice to clients and always goes the extra mile for them’ and Dominic Crossley  ‘really fights his clients’ corner and remains calm under pressure while adding considerable value both tactically and legally’. Ane Vernon is a ‘very capable lawyer who builds up an excellent rapport with her clients who trust her implicitly’ and Emily Stoneham is also a ‘strong solicitor with good drafting skills’. The team continues to act for a Swiss trustee in relation to a substantial breach of trust claim over alleged excessive distributions by the former trustees.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate

Within: Leading individuals

Rosamond McDowell - Payne Hicks Beach

Within: Personal tax, trusts and probate

Key figures at Payne Hicks Beach include Rosamond McDowell receives a lot of plaudits, who has ‘high technical skills, is efficient and deals brilliantly with very difficult and sensitive problems’. The ‘responsive’ Frederick Bjørn ‘stays on top of detail’. Robert Brodrick ’s practice is divided into three main geographic areas of clients namely the Middle East, US/UK and UK domestic (which also includes UK resident non-doms). Basil Dixon advises a primarily international client base of ultra-high-net-worth clients. The team is adept at advising high-net worth clients from the UK and internationally. The group advises on a mix of international and domestic work with continued instructions from Scandinavia and the Middle East. It advises on a broad array of matters such as advising some of the UK’s oldest and largest estates to having extensive experience of advising on the tax aspects of pre-and post-nuptial agreements and the structuring of divorce settlements especially those involving trusts and international assets.

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