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Cripps Pemberton Greenish

Work 01892 515121
Fax 01892 544878
London EC4R, London SW3, Tunbridge Wells, West Malling

Kate Arnold

Work 01892 506337
Cripps Pemberton Greenish

Work Department

Advisory group, private client.


Partner in the private client advisory group providing bespoke succession and inheritance tax planning advice to individuals and their families, advising on wills, lasting powers of attorney, trusts, co-habitation agreements, Court of Protection matters, lifetime tax planning and estates. Acting for both domestic and international clients and working on cross-border UK/French issues. Advising family businesses on longer term succession, with a particular emphasis on agricultural businesses and properties. Partner in Cripps charities sector advising on the set up and governance of charitable companies and trusts. Interesting cases: acting for executors of multi-million pound agricultural estate advising on agricultural property relief, administration of estate dealings with difficult beneficiaries; advising trustees of trust consisting of substantial company shareholding on ongoing governance and inheritance tax issues; providing advice to trustees of a private charitable trust generally and particularly in relation to a multi-million pound project being undertaken by the trustees.


Trained Cripps LLP; qualified 2007; associate Cripps LLP 2012, partner 2014 to date.


French (fluent).


STEP; Charity Law Association.


University of Exeter (2003 LLB/Maitrise 2(1)); University of Rennes II (2005 Legal Practice Course, Distinction); College of Law, Guildford (2008 STEP).


Walking, skiing.

South East: Private client

Agriculture and estates

Within: Agriculture and estates

Cripps Pemberton Greenish’s agriculture and estates team specialises in wealth and heritage planning, purchases and sales of farms and land, leases of agricultural, commercial and residential property, finance, grazing agreements, and field sports. It also handles disputes arising in these areas. The practice acts for a number of key historic houses, agricultural properties and landed estates in the South East and elsewhere. 'Powerhouse' Sally Firby heads the practice. Head of the Kent private wealth team Kate Arnold  and Paul Fairbairn, who joined from Withers LLP in March 2018, are other names to note. Senior associate Darren Philpot left for Furley Page Solicitors in January 2019.

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Charities and not-for-profit

Within: Leading individuals

Kate Arnold - Cripps Pemberton Greenish

Within: Charities and not-for-profit

Cripps Pemberton Greenish provides commercial, corporate, real estate and governance support to charitable organisations ranging from small grant-making trusts to well-known, non-profit organisations such as the English National Ballet. Key sectors of expertise include arts and heritage, social housing and religious organisations and educational establishments. Kate Arnold leads the practice and is noted for her work in governance and advising on the creation of new charitable organisations. Andrew Harbourne retains a strong client roster in the religion, education and affordable housing sectors, while Rhona Darbyshire focuses on employment-related matters.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Kent, Surrey, Sussex

Within: Next Generation Partners

Kate Arnold - Cripps Pemberton Greenish

Within: Personal tax, trusts and probate: Kent, Surrey, Sussex

Cripps Pemberton Greenish  is home to an outstanding wealth protection team whose 'advice is always first class' and, following Cripps' merger with Pemberton Greenish, the practice has enlarged its private client and tax offering further. Succession planning, trust administration and tax advisory are are the core expertise together with contentious trust and probate matters. It serves ultra-high-net-worth individuals, many of whom are high-profile individuals with domestic and international interests and assets or are non-doms. Kate Arnold is considered to be 'enlightened and wholly focused on  outcomes' and Paul Fairbairn specialises in advising domestic and international families on their succession and tax planning. The'highly rated' Richard Mencner and associate Stephen Horscroft are also core team members.

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