Fiona specialises in private client work and advises on a wide range of matters including capital tax planning; wills; trusts; probate and charities. Her work often involves more than one jurisdiction. She has a diverse client base, acting both for individuals and trustees. She advises business entrepreneurs, and people in the worlds of sport and entertainment.
Fiona started her professional career at Bircham & Co. (now Bircham Dyson Bell) before moving in 1993 to Masons (now Pinsent Masons). She joined Forsters as a partner in 2000.
As well as being a solicitor, Fiona is a Chartered Tax Advisor and a Notary Public. She sits on the Wills and Equity Committee of the Law Society.
She is recognised as a leading individual in The Legal 500, UK and Chambers (UK and Global), Who’s Who Legal, Super Lawyers and Citywealth. Fiona has recently been awarded gold at the Citywealth Power Women awards as “Woman of the year: Business Growth (Professional services)”.
The Law Society
Chartered Institute of Taxation
The Notaries Society
St Anne’s College, Sanderstead; Coloma Convent Girls’ School, Shirley; Girton College, University of Cambridge (1984 BA; 1987 MA); Chartered Institute of Taxation (1994, Chartered Tax Advisor); Notary Public (2006 Dip Notarial Practice).
Theatre, travel, entertaining.
Under the direction of Fiona Smith at Forsters LLP the team advises individual philanthropists, charities and other not-for-profit organisations, both in the UK and worldwide, on diverse matters from setting up a tailor-made charitable vehicle, to partnering with organisations that offer donor advised funds. The group is increasingly advising clients on involving the next generation in their philanthropic endeavours and on the tax implications of giving to charity. It is also advising on issues surrounding the fiscal efficiency of cross-border donations. The team has considerable expertise in the establishment of dual UK/US charities and also acts for trustees of charities. Other strengths lie in advising on the giving of charitable donations through Zakat.