Kelly Noel-Smith > Forsters LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Forsters LLP

Work Department

Private client.




Kelly acts principally for high net worth non-UK domiciled clients to mitigate their UK tax exposure, to ensure wealth preservation and to deal with succession issues. She advises settlors, trustees, beneficiaries and the directors of non-resident companies on the implementation of, and the UK tax consequences flowing from, offshore structures. As an experienced trust lawyer, Kelly also acts for English landed estates and has a special interest in heritage property.

She is the College of Law’s expert on foreign aspects of UK tax law. She contributes regularly to tax journals and is a co-author of a chapter in Tolley’s “Tax on Transactions”.

Kelly worked at Slaughter and May and Lawrence Graham before becoming head of tax and private client at RadcliffesleBrasseur 2001-09. She has been a partner at Forsters LLP since 2009.


Law Society


University of York (1986 BA Hons).

Lawyer Rankings

London > Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate

It is the level of expertise’ at Forsters LLP  ‘combined with its ‘can-do’ attitude that attracts clients’ with Xavier Nicholas  at the helm. It has a large private wealth practice with a pre-eminent reputation for its advice to domestic and international HNW and UNHW clients on a range of complex cross-border and high-value taxation, estate planning and trust structuring matters. It continues to enjoy a regular stream of instructions on multi-billion pound matters for its international client base. Clients include major entrepreneurs, multi-generational families, trustees of significant cross-border estates and well-known artists. Carole Cook  is well-regarded for her work on complex tax and trust issues. Kelly Noel-Smith  acts for some of the world’s richest families, including Middle Eastern royalty, Greek shipping families and entrepreneurs. Anthony Thompson  is among the leading advisers to Middle Eastern UNHW clients. James Brockhurst has recently been promoted to the partnership. ‘For such very clever people, they are also incredibly nice and easy to deal with’.