Wiggin Osborne Fullerlove > Cheltenham, England > Firm Profile

Wiggin Osborne Fullerlove
GL50 1HH

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

Wiggin Osborne Fullerlove‘s practice caters to all client needs, with expertise across the full spectrum of tax matters. Its team is well equipped to advise on issues from asset protection, estate planning and taxation, to philanthropy, investments and disputes. Tim Osborne and Paul Hunston lead the practice. Matthew Cain is an expert in structuring private wealth through trusts and companies. Rose Chamberlayne‘s specialisms include wealth preservation structures, including those offshore. Matthew Shayle is noted for his advice to non-UK domiciled individuals concerning UK taxes and succession-focused structures. Associate Genevieve Morrall joined the team from Charles Russell Speechlys LLP.

Practice head(s):

Tim Osborne; Paul Hunston

Other key lawyers:


‘WOF are an excellent private client firm with deep knowledge of foreign domiciliary and insurance matters.’

‘Matthew Cain is an outstanding solicitor – technically excellent with a real attention to detail and commercial knowledge.’

‘It is hard to think of a better firm for private client work outside central London. The quality of partners is especially strong and they work together, enjoying the ability to discuss knotty problems and solve them as a team. A really impressive outfit.’

‘Matthew Cain – deserving of his market reputation as one of the leading tax experts of his generation. Matthew has a great client base and serves them with care and attention.’

‘Matthew Shayle – charming, personable and technically excellent. Matthew does not miss a trick.’

‘The team at WOF provides a fantastic level of expertise and client care, commensurate with anything you would expect in London.’

‘Matthew Shayle – his experience working across multiple jurisdictions makes him the obvious choice for referrals.

‘Genevieve Morrall is incredibly knowledgeable and has an ability to join the dots and simplify complex matters for the client to easily comprehend.’

Work highlights

  • Represented majority shareholder of a global commodities business in its effort to obtain damages against a sovereign state.
  • Acted for well-known international life assurance group of companies in product developments for the UK market and cross border markets, tax compliance and marketing initiatives.
  • Advised Trustees and family on the transition of family wealth and businesses between generations, establishing family governance and succession structures and on UK tax implications for UK-resident family members.

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