Christopher Noel > DWF > Manchester, England > Lawyer Profile

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Christopher is a highly experienced private client lawyer specialising in advising high net worth individuals, business owners and corporates.




Christopher heads the Private Capital team in Manchester.

Christopher is a highly experienced private client solicitor, specialising in advising ultra and high net worth individuals, family trusts, business owners, entrepreneurs, charities and corporate entities. His work includes: high net worth tax planning and wealth protection, Wills, the creation and administration of trusts, the administration of estates, advising charity trustees and owner and family managed businesses.

His clients include high net worth individuals, family business owners, trust companies and national banks. The Private Capital team at DWF provides trust and tax support to the wider firm’s corporate, banking and litigation departments. Christopher works closely with his corporate colleagues to provide a seamless service for business owners and entrepreneurs on pre-sale planning opportunities, tax issues, trusts and the structuring of family holdings.

Christopher is a key part of the firm’s national and dedicated contentious trusts and estate disputes team, and frequently advises on 1975 Act claims and high value and complex estate and trust disputes.

In addition, Christopher (who hails from Jersey originally) has significant experience in advising on residence and domicile and in advising offshore trustees and international individuals in relation to UK assets and taxes.  The Private Capital team works with the firm’s international offices to advise high net worth and ultra-high net worth international families on their UK and global holdings and structures.

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North West > Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate

(Next Generation Partners)

Christopher NoelDWF

DWF is especially strong on advising business owners and high-net-worth families and trusts on private wealth and estate planning, particularly matters involving an international element or complex tax planning issues relating to overseas assets and trusts. Other areas of expertise include will preparation and tax planning vehicles such as FICs. Based in Manchester, Christopher Noel leads the North West team and specialises in wealth protection, trust formation and administration, as well as tax planning. Nicole Chadwick was promoted to associate in January 2022 and covers complex estate planning for high-net-worth families.

North West > Private client > Contentious trusts and probate

DWF is especially strong advising trustee companies, charitable trusts, and private banks regarding complex trust and probate disputes with a cross-border element. The team also is involved in trust disputes involving allegations of fraudulent activities by trustees. Daniel Williams was promoted to partner in February 2022 and is a key contact regarding contentious trust and probate matters. Christopher Noel focuses on advising high-net-worth individuals and family trusts on complex estate and trust disputes, while the Liverpool-based Chris King specialises in trust and probate disputes, as well as disputes concerning professional negligence and overseas trusts. Senior associate Paul Maddock is also noted for his work on probate disputes.

North > Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate

With a core client base of business owners, entrepreneurs, high net worth families and trusts, the team at DWF regularly handles high value and multi-jurisdictional matters, frequently alongside corporate colleagues. The Newcastle-based practice’s expertise extends from capital tax and pre-sale planning, over the preparation of wills, trusts and Lasting Powers of Attorney to estate and trust administration. Leading the practice together with Christopher Noel is Jon Gould , a practitioner who is technically exceptional’. He is ably supported by associate Laura Murphy.