Rosamond McDowell > Payne Hicks Beach LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Payne Hicks Beach LLP

Work Department

Private Client


Rosamond is a partner and heads up Payne Hicks Beach’s substantial and energetic Private Client team that continues to go from strength to strength. Her specialist area is estate planning advice, including Wills, Probate and the administration of Estates, Trusts and other financial structures, and associated tax issues. Speaking various languages, and with experience of living abroad, Rosamond is able to assist clients with international backgrounds and assets in navigating conflicting laws of various jurisdictions.

With an increasing public awareness of mental illness and capacity issues, and with her vocation and training as an Anglican priest, Rosamond assists in guiding vulnerable clients whose interests may need to be protected, and in dealing with powers of attorney and Court of Protection matters.

Rosamond also advises executors, trustees and beneficiaries where difficulties and disputes arise, and has experience of acting as an independent trustee and administrator.


Qualified 1998; Biddle/Pinsents 1998-2004; Collyer Bristow 2004-14; joined Payne Hicks Beach 2014 as a partner and became head of Private Client in 2019.


German and Arabic (fluent)


ACTAPS; The Law Society Private Client Section


MA Cantab (Clare College 1993)

LLM by research – Islamic Law and Fundamentalism (UEA 1994)

ordained Anglican Priest 2005

Lawyer Rankings

London > Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate

(Leading individuals)

Rosamond McDowellPayne Hicks Beach LLP

Rosamond McDowell heads the department at Payne Hicks Beach LLP, which advises high-net-worth clients from the UK and internationally (many of whom feature in the Sunday Times Rich List, Forbes 400 and the Arabian Business Rich List). It also continues to receive instructions from Scandinavia and the Middle East. Other core areas of strength include advising UK resident non-domiciled clients on issues relating to pre-arrival planning and structuring. Robert Brodrick’s practice is divided into three main geographic areas of clients: Middle East, US/UK and UK domestic. Other highly regarded members of the department include Frederick BjørnBasil Dixon, Martin Paisner and Clare Hetherington. Recent highlights included Emma Harris’ promotion to the partnership and Sara Morgan’s addition to the team from Fieldfisher in November 2022.

London > Private client > Agriculture and estates

Payne Hicks Beach LLP has a ‘great combination of high-end private client expertise and a central London location, making the agricultural practice first class‘. The nimble team works with the owners of over 50 farms, estates and country houses varying in size from 150 acres to well over 30,000 acres. Some of these estates are worth over £300m, and many of which have houses and grounds that are open to the public. Practice head Simon Blackburn advises UK and overseas clients on all aspects of managing farms, estates and country houses. Robert Brodrick acts for trustees and owners of landed estates on various tax and estate planning matters, and Rosamond McDowell advises a substantial number of landed estate owners, estate managers and trustees on a broad range of planning, trust and probate matters.

London > Private client > Charities and not-for-profit

Rosamond McDowell leads the offering at Payne Hicks Beach LLP, which has many long-standing private and institutional clients in the charity sector. Martin Paisner specialises in private client and charity work. Another recent growth area for the practice is through the work of Till Vere-Hodge, who has particular expertise in art and cultural heritage issues for museums and other charity clients.

London > Private client > Contentious trusts and probate

Headed by Richard Manyon, who is described as a ‘doyen of private client litigation’, Payne Hicks Beach LLP has a ‘dynamic and clever team who deals with very high-profile litigation with real experience and expertise in this area.’ Its roots lie in traditional chancery work and advising on disputes affecting some of the oldest and largest landed estates and domestic trusts. It has expanded into the international sphere and is now also a global contentious practice. Another core area of focus is advising on trusts in the context of divorce proceedings. Jessica Henson has a ‘very good reputation in the market’ for her work running the gamut of private wealth disputes. Rosamond McDowell is currently advising on several substantial pieces of trusts and estates litigation. Ane Vernon is an experienced litigator, while Emma Harris is a newly promoted partner. It also boasts an excellent stable of ‘meticulous and hardworking associates.’ Charlotte Henshall is a talented senior associate.