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The 'extremely responsive and engaged' private wealth department at Addleshaw Goddard is 'at the top end of the profession in terms of service, expertise and delivery'. The specialist team also benefits from being able to draw on the expertise of other departments in the firm such as corporate, banking, litigation and employment. Practice head Pervinder Kaur has a 'first-class mind' and focuses on representation of high net worth individuals and family trusts. Kaur led a team acting for NFU Mutual on reviewing, updating and amending all trust, documentation and advising on mitigation of any risk. As well as representing national and international companies, the team is regularly instructed by local owner managed and family businesses and trusts. Another key partner, is the 'personable, enthusiastic and commercial' Yorke Eaton who has 'an excellent client manner', acts predominantly for trustees and institutional clients, advising on duties and liabilities and trust and estate administration respectively. 'Professional, thorough and diligent' managing associate Charlotte Smart  is singled out for being 'warm, engaging and extremely reliable' with 'good grasp of all the complex issues'.

Wrigleys Solicitors LLP's trusts and tax team is jointly led by Andrew Wriglesworth and Marie-Louise Hamilton and acts for landowners and family-run businesses in this area, as well as being instructed to manage trusts. Sheffield-based Lynne Bradey leads a team specialising in providing wills, trusts and probate advice to injured, disabled and vulnerable individuals. The group has broad expertise and is able to advise in complex matters. A team, led by Julia Boyes, recently advised a major landed estate in North Yorkshire around issues of capital gains tax, inheritance tax, stamp duty land tax implications and partnership law in the reorganisation of a trust. Thomas Wainman was promoted to partner. Peter Greswold and Philip Nelson both departed the team to join Raworths and Harrowells Solicitors respectively. Senior partner Matthew Wrigley sadly passed away.

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP¬† Hull's ‚Äėprofessional, approachable and knowledgeable‚Äô tax, trust and wills department has significant expertise in succession and lifetime planning for high-net-worth individuals. It also handles Court of Protection matters. The team, led by Kevin Webster,¬†is praised for its ‚Äėsensible approach to getting matters resolved as quickly and comprehensively as possible‚Äô. Another key name to note is¬†associate¬†Deborah Gilpin¬†who frequently acts for high net worth individuals in estate planning and administration. Litigator¬†Peter Duffus¬†is also recommended.

The 'excellent' private client practice at Clarion is 'well placed to support owner-managed businesses and their owners' and is 'one of the market leaders in this area'. The team 'goes the extra mile' to handle succession planning matters, and acts as professional attorney or deputy to several individuals who are elderly or require extra support. The team is also adept at handling complex mental capacity disputes. Practice head Vivienne Wild has 'a wealth of experience and is capable of dealing with any level of complexity'. Wild continues to lead a team advising the estate of the late Mr J W Heselden OBE on matters including tax and administration implications in relation to sale of company shares and winding up of the deceased US business. 'Highly skilled and personable private client lawyer' Clare King has the ability to 'flex her style to suit the particular client'. She is instructed by high-net-worth individuals and professionals, as well as local charities and local authorities. The team is also supported by the 'dedicated' Lynsey Harrison who handles contentious matters.

The tax, trusts and estates team at Irwin Mitchell acts for both local and national clients, including high net worth individuals, business owners, financial institutions and charities including Macmillan Cancer Care and Age UK. Headed up by +Gillian Coverley, the team is advising on complex capital gains tax planning for a UK Trust for a non-domiciled individual, this matter requires liaison with overseas STEP offices to ensure compliance. In a matter representing a high net worth individual, the team advised a business owner on structuring will and estate planning, involving multiple trading and investment companies and trust matters. The practice is instructed by Leeds Building Society to provide probate and estate administration service to its client base. A key name to note is Emma McCann who has significant experience advising on estate administration, tax planning and advising on post death restructuring.

The 'efficient, technically good, and proactive' personal law department at LCF Law is known for its court of protection specialism and for preparing both lasting power of attorney for both health and welfare, and property and financial affairs. Neil Shaw is head of the team which spans across the firms Bradford, Harrogate, Ilkley and Leeds offices. Benefiting from 'highly experienced and competent private client lawyers with strong client relationship skills', the practice is regularly instructed by high-net-worth individuals and family and charitable trusts. Partners Ann Christian and Mark Jones , based in Ilkley and Harrogate respectively, are also recommended.

The private client team at Lupton Fawcett has the 'complex technical aspects brilliantly mastered' and is frequently instructed to represent landed estates and the owners of SMEs and family businesses. Hugh Thompson joined from Langleys Solicitors LLP and heads the practice spread across offices in Leeds, Sheffield and York, which includes a team attracting praise for their 'common sense and commercial reality.Tricia Carter is particularly experienced in advising parents of those with learning disabilities in respect of trusts and wills. Senior associate Amanda Simmonds is singled out in this area, particularly for advice on 'complex tax related angles. Another key name to note is'hard-hitterHoward Rutter who has a 'serious track-record of securing excellent results for clients' in contentious trust and probate matters.

The 'very knowledgeable' tax, trusts and estates team at Mills & Reeve LLP  Leeds has a broad depth and breadth of understanding of legal and tax issues' and offers 'an exceptional level of service'. 'Recommended for complex high net worth cases involving personal tax, trusts and probate' the team has particular expertise handling matters involving the structuring the ownership of wealth, inheritance, income and capital gains tax and trust advice.  The 'very competent lawyer and tax adviser' Julia Rangecroft attracts praise for her 'ability to understand the whole of a client’s situation', and heads up the team alongside the 'completely diligent and trustworthy and clear' Andrew Playle. Another key name to note is the 'professional, hard working and knowledgeable' senior associate Ellie Milner, who has experience advising on estate and succession planning as well as on lasting powers of attorneys and acting in court of protection matters.

Pinsent Masons LLP's private wealth practice handles a range of trust and estate planning and probate matters with a particular regional strength in commercial trusts. The team acts for insurance companies, banks, pension providers and government agencies on a range of trust-related matters, with Scottish Widows, Aegon Plc and Canada Life all clients of group. Legal director Chris Thomas heads up the practice following former practice head, Janet Hoskin, stepping down from the partnership to take on a consultancy role. Thomas is leading advice to a leading UK bank's  trust company on review of its business, taking into account requirements under the ring-fenced legislation, prior to its implementation in 2019. The department is also recognised for its tax specific trusts and international clients. 

The 'competent, diligent and helpful' trusts, wills and estates team at Raworths provides 'exceptional service from an experienced, partner-led team'. The practice's clients include high-net-worth individuals, fast-growing and owner-managed businesses, entrepreneurs and large developers and investors. Practice head Rachel Tunnicliffe is 'excellent with clients' and noted for her 'sharp mind and grasp of the legal position'; she handles a wide range of wealth planning issues including succession planning and trusts. The 'helpful and responsive' David Garfitt is 'well qualified and knowledgeable', particularly in matters concerning probate, succession and inheritance planning. Peter Greswold joined from Wrigleys Solicitors LLP > Leeds.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's 'excellent' practice is praised for its combination of 'big-firm advice and small-firm friendliness'. The 'experienced and empathetic' Caroline Hedges  heads the practice and acts for high-net-worth individuals, entrepreneurs, lottery winners and those with inherited wealth on a long-term basis. Legal director Susan Maxey is highlighted for her 'excellent client manner and for being thorough and diligent'; she is often instructed by  private clients, their families and trustees on a range of issues, with particular experience advising on succession planning and capital tax.

Harrowells Solicitors' private client practice is known for its 'excellent and compassionate service'. The practice has particular experience advising on matters concerning tax planning and probates, including considering the eligibility for business property relief and agricultural property relief. The 'efficient, friendly and thorough' Ed Ryder heads up the group, which benefits from working closely with the firms strong property and corporate teams. The group has further strengthened its abilities with the addition of Philip Nelson who joined from Wrigleys Solicitors LLP. Other key names to note include solicitor Nick Clarke for his 'clear and concise advice in a confident but warm manner' and the 'patient and efficient' chartered legal executive Lauren Hooghiemstra-Maughan.

The private client team at Keebles handles a range personal tax, trusts and probate work including tax planning, Court of Protection work and personal injury trusts. The group is also instructed by charities to assist with the administration of trusts.  Michele Todd heads the practice, which includes George Connell.

Rollits LLP' private capital department acts for high net worth individuals, family owned businesses and landed estates. The group is headed up by John Lane , who has the capabilities to advise on complex estate planning issues, he is also experienced acting as trustee to several trusts. The practice  has the benefit of being able to leverage the firms strengths in other areas including in agricultural matters.

Taylor & Emmet LLP's Sheffield-based wills, probate, tax and trusts team works closely with the firm's Derbyshire offices, and regularly handles high value wills and probate, including advising on complex tax planning issues. Richard King heads up the five-partner practice, which has expertise acting on the preparation and administration of trusts. Other key names to note in the Sheffield-office are Chaanah Patton, John Tunnard and Richard Barlow. Patton is particularly experienced in dealing with lasting power of attorney and mental incapacity cases, Tunnard is experienced in private client  and charity law, and Barlow is frequently instructed by high-net-worth individuals on substantial value estates management and associated tax planning matters. The team also has the ability to draw on the strengths of its specialist probate team.

The private client team at Wake Smith Solicitors Limited advises high-net-worth individuals on inheritance tax planning, as well as handling the affairs of the elderly and vulnerable. The practice also works closely with the firm's personal injury and clinical negligence departments to prepare settlement trusts. Praised for delivering 'excellent service and great client outcomes', Suzanne Porter took over the role of head of the department from Andrew Vidler, who is now consultant at the firm.

Attracting praise for its 'level of knowledge' in the area, Bell & Buxton 'excels' in personal tax, trusts and probate work. The team, led by Charles Neal,  regularly handles probate and inheritance planning, lasting power of attorney, in addition to wills and probate matters with multi-jurisdictional aspects and overseas assets. Martin Sissons is another key name to note. The team can call on the firm's strong disputes department where necessary.

The Harrogate-based private client team at Berwins regularly handles a spectrum of tax, trust, probate and court of protection matters. The recently promoted Gareth Marland heads up the practice which also includes the highly regarded Julie Jewers. The department frequently acts for high net worth individuals and estates, as well vulnerable and elderly, and regularly receives referrals from charities and care services.

Offering an 'excellent level of service' Blacks Solicitors LLP 's wills and probate team handles matters 'extremely efficiently and promptly'. The practice, headed up by the 'very personable and approachable' Nick Rhodes, is frequently instructed to handle wills, power of attorney, tax and estate planning and administration. Rhodes is ably supported by associate Lucy Rigden.

The 'excellent' private client team at Gordons LLP provides 'clear and commercial' advice to high net worth individuals, families and business owners, on tax, trusts and probate matters. Practice head Diana Smart has over 25 years' experience in the sector and handles a full spectrum of issues. 'Rising star' Greg Dixon, who was recently promoted to the partnership, is singled out for being 'knowledgeable, diligent and friendly' particularly in inheritance planning matters.

Grays has experience advising on tax planning, trusts, wills and lasting powers of attorney. Head of trust and probate department, Ben Williams, has a particular expertise handling the administration of trusts and settlements, and is ably supported by solicitor Thea Holloway.

Langleys Solicitors LLP's York-based wills, probate and trust team includes Andrew Gowar, who has particular expertise advising on estate planning for farmers and business owners. Other key individuals include the experienced associate Serena Brotherton, who handles all aspects of non-contentious matters including drafting wills, tax planning and last powers of attorney matters. Hugh Thompson left the practice to head up Lupton Fawcett's Leeds-based private client practice.

Based in Harrogate, McCormicks frequently represents private clients, trustees, beneficiaries, attorneys and deputies on a broad spectrum of issues. Leveraging the firm's sport sector expertise, the team is instructed by the Premier League to advise on trust structures to protect young players wealth. The team also advises estates and high net worth individuals on tax and inheritance planning. Elaine Lightfoot heads the team and works closely with commercial property partner Heather Roberts.

Ridley & Hall's private client team has particular experience representing the elderly and advising individuals with dementia. The team, led by Jill Waddington, handles a full spectrum of matters from wills, probate, estate administration, inheritance tax, lasting powers of attorney, court of protection work and trusts. Victoria Ridge and Helen Webster are key individuals to note.

Schofield Sweeney's 'experienced, knowledgeable and enthusiastic' wills and probate team is spread across the firm's three Yorkshire offices. The team, led by Huddersfield-based Ashley Iredale , acts for high-net-worth individuals, families and trusts on a range of matters. The team advised on winding up a complex trust structure, including on personal tax implications for beneficiaries. Bradford-based John Feaster is highlighted for his expertise in stamp duty land tax advice. In Leeds, Simon Glazebrook is singled out for being 'excellent with clients, and particularly good at making the law easy to understand'.

The 'substantial and well-resourced' wills and trusts practice at Ward Hadaway attracts praise for its 'professionalism, openness and integrity'. Andrew Facer heads up the practice and regularly acts for entrepreneurial and landed clients, advising particularly on succession planning through trusts and wills. The 'client-focused' Andrew Evans is instructed by high net worth individuals and family business clients, sports players in a variety of matters.

The private client team at Wilkin Chapman LLP is headed up by Lesley Archer who regularly handles administration of trusts and estates, and advises on issues ranging from family succession and complex tax implications to foreign assets. The group is often instructed by farming families, business owners and lottery winners on a full range of matters. In addition, the team frequently acts for vulnerable individuals and carers, leveraging the practice’s significant expertise of the Mental Capacity Act, issues surrounding care provisions and management of financial affairs.

Emsleys Solicitors Limited's 'very competent and good value' wills and probate team, acts for clients on drafting wills and handling lasting powers of attorney, as well as in probate and court of protection matters. The 'very knowledgeable' Helen Gott heads up the team and works closely with the firm's personal injury department and represents clients with high-value settlements arising from claims.

The ‚Äėcompetent, diligent and helpful‚Äô private client team at Ramsdens¬†handles the full spectrum of personal tax, trusts and probate matters. With capabilities to handle particularly high value probate matters, Chris Reynolds¬†heads the practice and is instructed by high net worth individuals and estates. Rachael Brook¬†is also singled out for her expertise in this area, and regularly advises clients on wills and estate planning, lasting powers of attorney as well as trusts and estate administration. Veronica Mullins¬†is another key name to note, particularly for her representation of vulnerable clients including on court of protection matters and powers of attorney. Heather Nuttal¬†departed from the practice to join Wilkinson Woodward Incorporating Boococks¬†in Halifax.

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