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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Cheltenham, Doha, Dubai, Geneva, Guildford, Hong Kong and 5 more

Sally Ashford

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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Private wealth; private client. sfsd


Sally leads the non-contentious private client team in Guildford and has particular expertise in advising high-net-worth individuals and family business owners in relation to their estates and family succession planning, including inheritance tax mitigation and trusts. She has considerable experience in Court of Protection matters, including deputyship and statutory will applications, and she deals with complex capacity issues in addition to acting as a professional deputy. Sally has also advised charities and not-for-profit organisations on legacy campaign literature. Sally is also recommended and named as a leading individual in The Legal 500. She is on the reserve panel of the Court of Protection.


Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.

London: Private client

Court of protection

Within: Court of protection

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's Suzanne Marriott  has a ‘long history of acting in this area which gives her and the team an unrivalled depth of expertise’. The ‘knowledgeable’ Sally Ashford  has ‘an ability to explain complex matters in a way that is straightforward and understandable’. Marriott is a member of the Solicitors for the Elderly and both Ashford and Marriott are members of the STEP special interest group on mental capacity. Duncan Elson has a ‘great deal of gravitas’. Anita Gill left the team to join Kingsley Napley LLP .

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South East: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit

Within: Charities and not-for-profit

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is rated for its 'excellent all-round expertise in charities work'. The practice covers the full range of charities law advice, from property, employment and commercial work to dispute management, for a variety of global and national charities and not-for-profits, including household names such as Barnardo's and Cancer Research UK. Recent work includes assisting the former client with the management of its property portfolio, which involved advising on acquisitions, disposals and licences for alterations. The practice also acts for the Save The Children Fund on property issues. Duncan Elson, who is noted for his track record acting for a schools and religious charities, and Ben Smith, who regularly acts for charities and not-for-profit organisations, head the practice, which includes non-contentious charities expert Sally Ashford and tax specialist George Duncan. Kate Parkinson joined VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards).

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

Within: Personal tax, trusts and probate: Kent, Surrey, Sussex

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's team, which is 'approachable and highly skilled', provides a full service private client offering. In addition to its expertise in contentious and non-contentious trusts, estates, tax planning and wealth preservation, it can also draw on the firm's real estate, family and corporate experts as needed. Practice head Sally Ashford is noted for her  'excellent client skills' and 'for working extremely hard to get the right results for her clients and for being a pleasure to work with'. Duncan Elson, who heads the litigation and dispute resolution team, handles a range of complex trusts and estates disputes. Richard Honey, who is noted for handling highly complex estate matters in an 'extremely effective and timely' manner, and Gareth Wallissare other key team members.

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