Nigel Roots > Freeths LLP > Oxford, England > Lawyer Profile

Freeths LLP

Work Department

Family Wealth


Nigel advises a broad range of domestic and international clients. His work is for individuals, institutions and several landed estates. He advises on complex tax and trust planning; trust management and modification both onshore and offshore, complex estate administrations; literary estates; heritage property; charity matters and court of protection issues. Nigel is joint head of Family Wealth for Freeths LLP. He is a trustee of many substantial trusts and works closely with private Family Offices. Nigel acts as a Court appointed independent administrator and Judicial Trustee in disputed trust and probate matters. Nigel lectures widely on tax and trust matters.


Qualified 1989. Partner with Morrell Peel and Gamlen, then Boodle Hatfield. Partner in Henmans (now Freeths) since 2003.


Charity Law Association; Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners; Law Society Private Client Section.


University of Wales (LLB Hons).

Lawyer Rankings

South East > Private client > Charities and not-for-profit

(Leading individuals)

Nigel RootsFreeths LLP

Freeths LLP advises local and national charities on a broad range of issues such as commercial and corporate negotiations, real estate compliance, aspects of GDPR on fundraising efforts and partnership arrangements. Nigel Roots is the key advisor for tax and trust planning, trust management and charity law. Sarah Foster acts on contentious matters and Lesley Pollock advises on real estate matters. Sarah Bownman joined Shoosmiths LLP in February 2018, Robert Nieri departed to Brabners LLP in September 2018.

South East > Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40

Freeths LLP provides ‘excellent’ and ‘well-balance’ assistance to a wide range of clients including high-net-worth individuals, estate owners and family businesses. Areas of expertise include complex contentious and non-contentious probate and trust work, Court of Protection and wealth planning, often with a cross-border element. Nigel Roots and Jane Maitland are particularly well known for their work in managing complex inter-generational wealth structures for private individuals. Sarah Foster represents individuals, executors/trustees and charities in disputes arising out of wills, estates and trusts. Lisa Mark-Bell is also recommended for the management of trusts.