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SALISBURY HOUSE, LONDON WALL, LONDON, EC2M 5PS, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7638 9271
Fax:
Fax 020 7628 7525
DX:
33862 FINSBURY SQUARE
Email:
Web:
www.druces.com

Helen Freely

Tel:
Work 020 7638 9271
Email:
Web:
www.druces.com/staff/helen-freely/
Druces LLP

Work Department

Private client.

Position

Partner in the private client department dealing with all aspects of administering UK and foreign domiciliary estates (contentious and non-contentious), wills, trusts, inheritance tax planning and wealth management, and charitable trusts with a particular interest in capacity issues and trusts for those with disabilities. Publications of note: regular contributor to ‘Private Client Advisor’; ‘Financial Times’; ‘Daily Telegraph’; BBC Breakfast.

Career

Trained W H Matthews & Co qualified 2004. Solicitor at Matthew Arnold Baldwin, 2004-07; partner at Ambrose Appelbe 2007-11; partner at Druces LLP 2011-to date. 

Languages

English (native) and German (fluent), French (basic) and Spanish (basic).

Member

STEP; Holborn Law Society; Mencap; Solicitors for the Elderly; British German Jurists Association.

Education

St Mary’s School, Ascot; University College, London (2001); College of Law (2002).

Leisure

The theatre and arranging charity social fundraising events.


London: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit

Within: Charities and not-for-profit

The ‘conscientious’ team at Druces LLP ‘takes really great care of its lay clients. The team is willing to go that extra mile’. The ‘readily available’ Richard Monkcom is ‘very realistic and is able to respond quickly to problems. He has extensive knowledge of charity law’. The ‘excellent’ Helen Freely  is ‘always really pleasant and willing to fully engage with her clients while at the same time showing a great degree of humanity’. Senior associate Caroline Cropley regularly advises charities on various corporate issues. The multi-disciplinary team is drawn from lawyers across a range of disciplines that brings together specialisms in taxation, employment, corporate, commercial, property as well as litigation. This is alongside its considerable expertise in charity law. The Dogs Trust is a major client. It acts for a variety of private charities, independent schools, medical charities, religious orders and city livery companies. In addition the group advises a broad range of individuals on the tax implications of charitable giving and sets up and runs many family charities. It also acts for charities where an estate (with charitable beneficiaries) is disputed and has a particular expertise in the area of disputed estates containing high value artwork.

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Contentious trusts and probate

Within: Contentious trusts and probate

Druces LLP  is ‘firm with a growing presence in this area’. Helen Freely  is ‘very good tactically’ and Matthew Duncan joined the team as a consultant from Kingsley Napley LLP. The group acts for individuals, beneficiaries, executors, trustees and charities in resolving disputes. Key clients include entrepreneurs and City individuals, fund managers and other high-net-worth individuals.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate

Within: Personal tax, trusts and probate

The ‘calm and experiencedRichard Monkcom heads the team at Druces LLP, which is ‘very efficient and client-focused and comes up with creative solutions to suit its clients’ needs’. The ‘responsiveNeil Morris has ‘decades of experience of dealing with complex and high-profile cases. His knowledge is encyclopaedic’. Helen Freely ‘deals with difficult situations extremely well’. Robert Macro is ‘precise and provides quality advice’ and new addition to the team Matthew Duncan from Kingsley Napley LLP ‘knows his subject extremely well’. The team also added Paul White to its ranks. The department provides a traditional private client service in UK capital taxes, estate planning and probate. It also provides an international advisory service and acts for non-UK domiciled clients both resident and non-resident in the UK and their fiduciaries, structures and businesses. Vistra UK and Directors UK are active clients.

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