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Catharine Bell

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Forsters LLP

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Catharine is partner in our Private Client department. She is an international private client lawyer with particular expertise in contentious trusts and estates, as well as wealth structuring, family governance and varied advice to family offices.  Catharine is recognised within the private wealth industry as a leading expert in both contentious and non-contentious work.

She advises high net worth individuals and their trustees on the creation and fortification of trust vehicles and other succession planning structures, for asset protection and wealth preservation reasons.  This includes the use of family governance mechanisms in the management of potential intra-familial disputes, and advice on pre- and post- nuptial agreements as a tool to maintain family harmony.  She has a wealth of experience advising in relation to high level trust and estates disputes.

Catharine is recognized in the Citywealth Leaders List as one of the Top 10 Contentious Trusts lawyers, where she is praised for her "quick mind" and "pragmatic and practical approach".   She is ranked in the Chambers UK and HNW guides for both her contentious and non-contentious work. Catharine has written and lectured extensively on her areas of expertise both in the UK and overseas.

Catharine joined Forsters with the rest of the Gowling WLG London Private Client team in May 2017.  She practised for a number of years in Jersey, before joining Lawrence Graham (a predecessor firm of Gowling WLG) in 1999, becoming a partner in 2004.  Catharine qualified as a solicitor in 1989.


The Law Society
ACTAPS (Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists)

London: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate

Within: Leading individuals

Catharine Bell - Forsters LLP

Within: Contentious trusts and probate

Forsters LLP was pleased to recently add Roberta Harvey to its ranks from Charles Russell Speechlys LLP. The team handles complex and sensitive matters for high-net-worth individuals and sometimes high-profile clients. Emily Exton heads the team and focuses on handling disputes in the private wealth sector where she regularly acts for trustees and wealthy individuals and families. Catharine Bell frequently advises on complex, high-end international trust and estate disputes, with multiple cross-border and conflict of law issues. Bell advises high-net-worth individuals and their trustees on the creation and fortification of trust vehicles and other succession planning structures for asset protection and wealth preservation.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate

Within: Personal tax, trusts and probate

Forsters LLP 's practice spans the full range of high-net-worth sectors, including international wealth, family offices and family business succession as well as advising other clients such as landed estates, titled individuals and public personalities (sports people, celebrities and well-known public figures). Patrick Harney heads the team that was pleased to add Christopher Findley and Henry Cecil to its ranks from BDB Pitmans - both Findley and Cecil are experienced at acting for high-net-worth families with rural landed estates. Harney specialises in UK tax planning for non-domiciliaries with a focus on US-UK tax planning and UK-Irish tax planning. Other highlights included Catharine Bell 's recent admission as a member of the International Academy of Estate and Trust Lawyers.

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