Wiggin Osborne Fullerlove > Cheltenham, England > Firm Profile

Wiggin Osborne Fullerlove
GL50 1HH

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

'A small firm with a very personal touch', private client boutique Wiggin Osborne Fullerlove provides a 'top service to a highly discerning clientele', offering advice across the full range of tax, trust and estate matters. Its core services include asset protection, wills, trusts, philanthropy, estate planning and disputes, but also offers a bespoke wealth preservation structure service in complicated instances, led by Rose Chamberlayne. The 'highly knowledgeable' Matthew Cain spearheads the firm's tax offering. Managing partner Paul Hunston and senior partner Tim Osborne lead the firm from Cheltenham. Matthew Shayle is also well regarded for his advice to hyper-mobile international clients.

Practice head(s):

Paul Hunston; Tim Osborne

Other key lawyers:


‘A small firm with a very personal touch. Our organisation likes to work with people as opposed to big names. We do some work with larger firms, but it is the personal relationship which matters most to us.’

‘We work with one of the senior partners who has a great knowledge of our clients’ activities and interests. The holistic approach is critical to be able to deliver what we are looking for on a broad range of issues.’

‘Matthew Cain is a highly knowledgeable, client-friendly lawyer who is always available to support and resolve client issues’

‘Very good client base. Good depth of knowledge and judgment. All they partners are good, particularly Matthew Shayle.’

‘Rose Chamberlayne is a top private client lawyer.’

‘The team is small but highly competent and freely brings in resources from large international firms when needed. Their approach displays an understanding of the strengths and sufficient confidence in client loyalty to use other fine law firms whenever necessary. ’

‘Tim Osborne has been a top performer from his days at Lovells onwards. He is able to master both difficult clients and the extreme challenges of providing top service to a highly discerning clientele.’

With its headquarters in Cheltenham but with a London presence and an overwhelmingly London and/or internationally-based client roster, Wiggin Osborne Fullerlove has been providing specialist private client advisory services to an exceptional standard for over 45 years. It is a boutique private client law firm offering solutions tailored individually to its clients’ needs and requirements.  The firm currently comprises nine partners, all of whom have previously worked in leading London and international practices and are well known in their respective fields. Its lawyers’ expertise makes the firm a market leader in issues of all kinds affecting private clients, both in the UK and internationally.

WOF has a global reputation for excellence in advising high and ultra-high net worth individuals and their entities and private wealth institutions with both UK and international assets and interests. The firm’s experience in these areas means that its lawyers understand the importance of ensuring that clients’ assets are structured in the most appropriate manner with cross-jurisdictional issues in mind. Whether a client’s motivation is tax efficiency, asset protection, succession planning or philanthropy, WOF has a reputation for offering pragmatic solutions to reflect an ever-changing landscape.

Each partner has specialist expertise built up over many years in practice. This means that, as a firm, WOF can offer a range of services to its clients whether they are based in the UK or overseas, including: Asset Protection; Charities and Philanthropy; Corporate and Commercial Law; Disputes; Family Office; Investments; Taxation; Trusts; Wills, Probate and Estate Planning.

WOF works with a strong network of fellow professionals such as accountants, property advisers, immigration specialists and fellow lawyers to ensure its clients obtain the comprehensive service they require.

The firm was founded in 1973 by a team of Magic Circle private client lawyers, as the private client firm Wiggin & Co. The founders recognised that the client service model increasingly employed by full-service firms did not offer private clients the bespoke legal service they needed. Wiggin & Co was established with the aim of delivering a personal service to private clients who valued the highest levels of quality from their lawyers.

Wiggin & Co grew an enviable list of clients, providing a wide range of private wealth legal services to clients based in the UK and internationally.

In response to its clients’ needs, Wiggin & Co developed complementary corporate, commercial and real estate law practices. Its private client team remained a core part of the business.

In 2003, Wiggin & Co’s private client team demerged from the firm, forming Wiggin Osborne Fullerlove.

True to its beginnings in 1973, WOF combines first class legal knowledge with the highest levels of client care and an appreciation of practical considerations. Today, the firm acts for high- and ultra-high-net-worth individuals and families, as well as for trustees and trust companies, private banks, family offices, charities, insurance companies, fund management houses and other wealth management and planning institutions.

Members of the firm lecture and write articles about their individual areas of expertise.

Members of the firm sit on national bodies involved in lobbying on behalf of the private wealth industry.

Senior partner Tim Osborne
Managing partner Paul Hunston
Trusts and tax Matthew Shayle
Trusts and tax Stephen Green
Trusts and tax Stephen Pallister
Trusts and tax Paul Hunston
Trusts and tax Matthew Cain
Trusts and tax Rose Chamberlayne
Media, entertainment Tim Osborne
Family Office services and structuring Matthew Shayle
Investment structuring, financial services Matthew Cain
Company, commercial Matthew Shayle
Company, commercial Paul Hunston
Charities Stephen Pallister
Corporate/business tax Paul Hunston
Asset protection Rose Chamberlayne
Asset protection Michael Cotlick
Dispute resolution Michael Cotlick
 Matthew Cain  photo Matthew CainPartner. Specialisms include: international tax-based investment structuring for high-net-worth individuals, utilising trusts,…
 Rose Chamberlayne  photo Rose ChamberlayneRose is a trusted adviser to a number of high profile business…
 Michael Cotlick  photo Michael CotlickPartner.  Specialises in dispute resolution, complex commercial litigation/arbitration, coordinating different sets of…
 Stephen Green  photo Stephen GreenPartner dealing with trust, taxation and commercial law.
 Edward Hall  photo Edward HallPartner.  Specialisms include: advising high net worth individuals and families and their…
 Paul Hunston  photo Paul HunstonPartner specialising in tax and trust work for high net worth individuals…
 Tim Osborne  photo Tim OsborneSenior partner.
 Stephen Pallister  photo Stephen PallisterStephen specialises in tax and trust work for high-net-worth individuals and their…
 Matthew Shayle  photo Matthew ShaylePartner. Specialisms include; advising non-UK domiciled individuals on UK taxes as well…
Number of UK partners : 9