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Penny Elliott

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Forsters LLP

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Private client.


Penny is head of Forsters’ highly rated landed estate practice; she is also a partner within the firms private client team. She advises many significant landowners and farmers on practical, commercial and taxation issues. Her transactional experience includes acquisitions and disposals of a number of major estates. In addition, she has a thriving hotels practice which focuses on advising the private owners and operators of luxury and boutique hotels. Her clients include The Rocco Forte Collection and Olga Polizzi’s hotel group. Her advice covers everything from the acquisition and funding of assets to operating issues and hotel management agreements. Penny specialises in advising clients with multiple business interests on legal and strategic issues. She works with a range of clients; from overseas investors, institutional property owners, landed estates and high net worth individuals. She provides clients with a comprehensive service, often drawing together a range of legal disciplines to deliver a commercial solution. Penny is able to draw upon her experience as a private client lawyer to identify opportunities and solutions that will benefit her client’s private and commercial interests. She coordinates the requirements of her clients across the full range of legal specialisms and is noted by commentators for her understanding of how taxation and legal aspects relate to the business interests of her client.


Trained Taylors, Newmarket (1983-85); qualified 1985; partner, Mills & Reeve (1988-98); partner, Withers LLP (1998-2008); partner, Forsters LLP (2008-present). Committee member CLA London branch.


Country Landowners Association; Agricultural Law Association.


Girton College, Cambridge (1977 BA Law, 1991 MA).


Italian art and culture, opera, wine and shooting.

London: Private client

Agriculture and estates

Within: Leading individuals

Penny Elliott - Forsters LLP

Within: Agriculture and estates

Forsters LLP  has a ‘first-class agriculture and estates team that deals with queries promptly and efficiently’. Key members of the team include Rupert Mead  and Andrew Lane; Lane has extensive experience advising on capital taxation and succession issues for the owners of landed estates. Team head Penny Elliott  and ‘exceptionally brilliant’ senior associate Charlotte Brackley  are ‘particularly good at dealing with all agricultural and rural conveyancing issues’. Other members of the ‘top-quality team’ include the ‘exceptionally brilliant’ Catherine Hill, who has been advising a significant number of landed estates on myriad complex estate planning matters. The team boasts a sophisticated client base which includes a mix of traditional landowners, ultra-high-net-worth individuals and, increasingly, overseas investors and purchasers. Christopher Findlay and Henry Cecil joined in October from Bircham Dyson Bell.

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