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Catherine Hill

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Forsters LLP

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Catherine has been advising individuals and their families on estate planning matters for more than 25 years.  She has extensive experience in managing complex estates, both in the UK and abroad, and particular strength in devising holding structures for family wealth including companies, partnership and trusts.

She works closely with the Corporate and Family teams at Forsters to deliver strategic advice on asset structuring, succession and taxation from both the personal and commercial point of view.  She has particular expertise in establishing family investment companies and an interest in all aspects of philanthropy.  Within the practice, she focusses on building the firm’s client base of UK domiciled and resident clients.

In addition to her mix of clients with businesses and private wealth, she acts for a number of significant landed estates and for living artists and those investing in art so that she has an in-depth knowledge of agricultural and heritage property taxation in addition to the more corporate-focussed tax legislation, such as business property relief and entrepreneur’s relief.

Catherine is fluent in French and qualified as a solicitor in in 1996 at Withers, where she was also a partner.  She joined Forsters as a partner in 2008.

Catherine has been recommended in a variety of leading directories including Super Lawyers, The Legal 500 and the Citywealth Leaders List.


Law Society.


Hertford College, Oxford (1986 MA).

London: Private client

Agriculture and estates

Within: Agriculture and estates

Forsters LLP  has a ‘first-class agriculture and estates team that deals with queries promptly and efficiently’. Key members of the team include Rupert Mead  and Andrew Lane; Lane has extensive experience advising on capital taxation and succession issues for the owners of landed estates. Team head Penny Elliott  and ‘exceptionally brilliant’ senior associate Charlotte Brackley  are ‘particularly good at dealing with all agricultural and rural conveyancing issues’. Other members of the ‘top-quality team’ include the ‘exceptionally brilliant’ Catherine Hill, who has been advising a significant number of landed estates on myriad complex estate planning matters. The team boasts a sophisticated client base which includes a mix of traditional landowners, ultra-high-net-worth individuals and, increasingly, overseas investors and purchasers. Christopher Findlay and Henry Cecil joined in October from Bircham Dyson Bell.

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Art and cultural property

Within: Art and cultural property

Rupert Mead  at Forsters LLP  has a particular interest in the preservation of heritage property and its exemption from tax. Mead acts as a trustee of a number of significant estates in England and Wales, many of which include pre-eminent collections of chattels. The ‘very experiencedCatherine Hill  is ‘able to draft complex bespoke documents which succinctly capture a client’s requirements’. Hill advises clients who own and invest in art and has a particular expertise in advising living artists (several of whom are Royal Academicians) on legacy, succession and taxation issues. The group has a wealth of experience in acting for influential individuals and institutions in the UK and in the major international art markets. Clients range from families and their trustees owning old masters and chattels of national importance through to living contemporary artists seeking to establish structures to safeguard their artistic legacies. Its client base includes international collectors, auction houses, dealers, museums and charities.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate

Within: Personal tax, trusts and probate

Forsters LLP ‘continues to be outstanding’ under the leadership of Patrick Harney . Harney’s ‘UK/US practice is renowned in London but it is his approachability and his measured advice that sets him apart’. Kelly Noel-Smith  is an ‘exceptional lawyer. She is very competent and is involved in some high value and complex work –which she handles with aplomb. She works very effectively with her associates’. Catherine Hill  is ‘highly capable’ and David Robinson ‘continues to impress with his exceptional ability and his immense practical experience’.Rupert Mead , Guy Abrahams  and Xavier Nicolas are ‘all bright, able and very impressive’. Nick Jacob is ‘very experienced in offshore trusts and tax – he is a big name in the market who is very busy’. Anthony Thompson has ‘great private client expertise which is matched by his commercial acumen’. Harney advises domestic UK families on wealth structuring and has a particular expertise in the use of family partnerships and family investment companies as a tax efficient wealth holding vehicle. There are also ‘numerous able assistant solicitors’ in the department. The team continues to act for high-net-worth individuals and their trustees on the creation of trust vehicles and other succession planning structures for asset protection and wealth preservation.

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