Fiona Smith > Forsters LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Forsters LLP
31 HILL STREET
LONDON
W1J 5LS
England

Work Department

Private client.

Position

Partner

Career

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)”.

Memberships

The Law Society

STEP

Chartered Institute of Taxation

The Notaries Society

Education

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).

Leisure

Theatre, travel, entertaining.

Lawyer Rankings

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

The charities and not-for-profit team at Forsters LLP forms part of the firm’s private wealth practice and provides charity law advice to a wide range of clients including operational and grant-making charities, public bodies (in particular local authorities) and individuals seeking to develop their philanthropic plans. Fiona Smith heads the department that includes Neasa Coen. It has an established track record of providing charity and tax law advice to high-net-worth individuals in the context of donations and the establishment of charities.