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Ann Stanyer

Wedlake Bell LLP

Work Department

Private client.


Partner specialising in wills, trusts, probate and estate planning for high-net-worth clients. Involved in multi-million-pound trust and probate litigation, contentious probate administration, heritage asset advice and mental incapacity work. Notary Public since 2001.


Ann joined Wedlake Bell LLP from Cumberland Ellis when the firms merged in April 2012.

Ann graduated from Durham University in 1981. She headed up Private Client at Hyde Mahon Bridges and moved to Cumberland Ellis in 2008 as the partner in charge of the Private Client Department.




Ann is a member of the Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners (STEP), the STEP special interest group on Mental Capacity, Solicitors for the Elderly and the Notaries Society. She recently was awarded the SFE Older Client Care in Practice award.


Rye St Antony School, Oxford; St Aidan’s College, Durham University; Law College Chancery Lane and Nottingham Trent (CPE/finals).


Sailing, cross-country skiing and walking her dogs.

London: Private client

Personal tax, trusts and probate

Within: Personal tax, trusts and probate

Wedlake Bell LLP  has an extensive track record of involvement in a number of heavy trusts and probate cases. Camilla Wallace heads the team, which includes the ‘client-friendly and extremely knowledgeable’ Andrew O’Keeffe, who provides a ‘reassuring and comprehensive service in an understated and professional manner. He is very good at finding workable solutions’. Emma Loveday and Eleanor Metcalf  ‘specialise in the overseas investor and non-doms’. The ‘excellent’ Charles Hicks  is very experienced at advising on trusts, probate, wills  as well as wealth management for high-net-worth individuals. Ann Stanyer covers a wide range of trust, probate and private wealth advisory work and holds over 70 trusteeships in addition to acting as an executor and attorney. The ‘high-quality and consistently reliable’ team handles a variety of high-value and complex work for its portfolio of longstanding clients. Its clients comprise an interesting mix of international financiers, fashion designers, architects, landed estates, international royal families, property developers, entrepreneurs and those with inherited wealth.

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