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Katie Brassington

Partner
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Katie Brassington

Partner

Katie is a Partner in the Tax & Trusts and Wills & Estates teams.

For over 13 years Katie has been providing private individuals, business owners and charities with advice on a broad range of tax, trusts and estate matters, including wills, guardianship arrangements for children, lifetime estate planning and asset preservation, succession planning, tax mitigation, agricultural and business property relief, the establishment and administration of trusts, powers of attorney, estate administration and disputes about wills and other post-death arrangements.

Katie also acts for vulnerable clients who lack the mental capacity to manage their own affairs, dealing with the Court of Protection, acting as an attorney or deputy to protect and promote her client's interests.

Recent examples of how Katie has helped clients include:

  • improving a widow's financial position by unwinding a series of trusts which were complex, costly and not tax efficient;
  • protecting the inheritance of our client by proving that the step-daughter of a deceased person had forged a will; and
  • securing the installation of a hydrotherapy pool in a child's house to help them recover from surgery for hip dysplasia where there was no pool available locally.
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Terry Cooper

Partner
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Terry Cooper

Partner

Terry is a Partner in the Tax and Trusts and Wills and Estates teams.

Terry has over 30 years’ experience advising individuals and businesses on wealth preservation and wealth transfer.

His practice encompasses the drafting of wills and powers of attorney, the creation of trusts and family settlements, tax advice to encompass lifetime planning, business succession strategies and estate administration.

Terry is particularly experienced in inheritance tax (IHT) matters and in the use of exemptions, reliefs and trusts to keep tax to a minimum.

Terry’s clients include entrepreneurs and business owners, wealthy families, high-net-worth individuals, trustees and estate executors.

Recent examples of how Terry has helped clients include:

  • arranging for the reinvestment of monies received by a former business owner, following a share sale just under three years ago, to ensure they remained eligible to claim business property relief for tax planning purposes;
  • establishing wills and trusts for the parents of a disabled child to ensure that his inheritance would be managed in the most appropriate way in the event of their deaths; and
  • supporting a wealthy individual in organising his affairs so that when he died there would be an appropriate mechanism to benefit his second wife and the children from his first marriage.
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Jen Couchman

Partner
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Jen Couchman

Partner

Jen is a Partner in the Landed Estates team.

Advising on a wide range of complex tax and trust matters, Jen helps families to agree arrangements for succession planning, inheritance tax mitigation, wealth protection, wills and guardianship, life interest and discretionary trusts, settled land act settlements, overseas assets, powers of attorney and probate.

For over 12 years, Jen has worked with landed estates, agricultural families, business owners and individuals with significant personal wealth.

Recent examples of how Jen has helped clients include:

  • advising the executors on the administration of a complex and high value estate, with assets in different countries and multiple beneficiaries;
  • structuring the ownership of assets to maximize the availability of business property relief in regard to inheritance tax planning for a family with an owner-managed - business to ensure the safe transfer of assets from one generation to the next; and
  • structuring the ownership of a client's assets to achieve the most advantageous position in relation to entrepreneurs' relief and incorporation relief.
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Ed Cursham

Partner
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Ed Cursham

Partner

Edward is a Partner in the Private Client team.

He has over 30 years' experience in private client work, specialising in wills, probate, creation and running of trusts and tax planning.

Edward covers the following work areas:

  • Estate planning and administration
  • Wills and probate
  • Creation of trusts and administration
  • Powers of attorney
  • Inheritance tax planning
  • Capital gains, income tax and tax returns
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Jenny Hampson

Partner
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Jenny Hampson

Partner

Jenny is a Partner in the Tax & Trusts team.

For over 15 years Jenny has worked with private individuals and business owners to advise them complex tax, trust and estate matters, including wills and guardianship arrangements, the establishment and administration of trusts (including declarations of trust between co-owners), succession planning, inheritance tax mitigation, lasting powers of attorney, probate and estate administration.

Jenny also advises charities on establishing, incorporating and registering themselves, liaising with the Charity Commission, reviewing and updating governance documents (making scheme applications where needed), assisting with transactional and day-to-day issues, helping with disputes concerning charitable legacies and providing training for charitable trustees, staff and volunteers.

Examples of how Jenny has helped clients include:

  • assisting a charity to sell off property and donate the sale proceeds to a local community foundation while subject to intense public scrutiny;
  • supporting the trustees of a large charity through the process of incorporation; and
  • leading a vulnerable widow through the administration of her late husband's estate, ensuring the money was invested wisely and tax efficiently to achieve financial security.
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Lindsey Howland

Partner
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Lindsey Howland

Partner

A lawyer specialising in tax, trusts and estates.

For over 25 years Lindsey has been providing advice to private individuals, business owners, executors, trustees, settlors and beneficiaries on a broad range of tax, trusts and estate matters.  This includes advice on normal wills, statutory wills, guardianship arrangements for children, trusts, tax mitigation, succession and post-death planning, powers of attorney, Court of Protection applications and estate administration.

Lindsey also deals with inheritance disputes, including complicated family settlements and cases where arguments arise over the terms of a will or the administration of a trust.

Recent examples of how Lindsey has helped clients include:

  • helping competing beneficiaries resolve a dispute about entitlement to an estate under the intestacy rules;
  • assisting in mitigation of potential future Inheritance tax by post-death planning utilising deeds of variation; and
  • investigating and uncovering an alleged fraud by an attorney appointed to act on behalf of an elderly and particularly vulnerable client.
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Charles Jones

Partner
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Charles Jones

Partner

Charles is a Partner in the Tax & Trusts and Wills & Estates teams.

For over 30 years Charles has been advising private individuals and business owners on how to ensure their hard-earned personal wealth and business interests can be preserved and passed on to future generations.  Charles advises on the terms of wills, the use of trusts, careful tax mitigation and succession planning.

Recent examples of how Charles has helped clients include:

  • reducing sometimes significant capital gains tax liabilities for executors of estates by ensuring that for tax purposes sales are treated as being made by beneficiaries rather than the executors;
  • creating trusts for parents to purchase property for occupation by children, enabling family wealth to be protected and resulting in inheritance tax, capital gains tax and stamp duty land tax savings; and
  • reducing the amount of inheritance tax payable by up to 40% by carefully structuring clients' wills to maximize the benefits of agricultural and business property relief and surviving spouse exemption.
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Antonia Moore

Partner
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Antonia Moore

Partner

Antonia is Partner in the Private Client team.

Antonia specialises in succession planning for business owners and farmers and in wealth preservation for high-net-worth individuals and affluent families.

Antonia’s practice encompasses lifetime planning to mitigate inheritance and capital gains tax liabilities, the creation and administration of trusts, the drafting of personal and business powers of attorney, the drafting of complex wills (including those featuring business and overseas assets), probate applications, estate administration, the post-death variation of wills and trusts for tax purposes and the resolution of disputes between executors, administrators and beneficiaries.

Antonia also advises on elderly client issues, including planning for the payment of care home fees while still providing an inheritance for loved ones, the importance of appointing attorneys to cater for a possible future loss of mental capacity and the role of the Court of Protection in ensuring appropriate safeguards are in place to prevent abuse of aged or incapacitated family members.

Antonia’s clients include private individuals, business owners, executors, administrators, trustees and beneficiaries.

Recent examples of how Antonia has helped clients include:

  • achieving a significant inheritance tax saving for the estate of a former caravan park owner, by convincing the Inland Revenue to allow a claim for business property relief and to accept the applicability of various exemptions in respect of a series of lifetime gifts;
  • avoiding an unnecessary inheritance tax charge by amending the trust provisions in a number of life assurance policies so that any monies paid out following our client’s death would not form part of their estate;
  • helping a family avoid Court of Protection proceedings by agreeing to act as attorney for a distant relative with physical frailties who was struggling to manage their affairs and arrange payment of care home costs;
  • preventing the registration of a lasting power of attorney on behalf of an elderly client who had been coerced into signing the document without understanding its content or effect; and
  • supporting a married couple to restructure their wills following their admission into a care home, in order to preserve a large chunk of their wealth for the benefit of their children and grandchildren, while still ensuring there were sufficient funds to meet their ongoing care costs.
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Kate Smith

Partner
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Kate Smith

Partner

Kate is a Partner in the Landed Estates, Agriculture and Wills & Estates teams.

Kate advises on succession and capital gains tax planning, inheritance tax, setting up of trusts and family charters or constitutions, settled land act settlements, heritage property issues, wills and probate.  She often works in a multi-disciplinary team of trustees and accountants.

Kate advises many landed estates with diverse rural businesses, including a number of prominent families and owners of historic properties.

Recent examples of how Kate has helped clients include:

  • enabling a landed estate comprising numerous trusts with interests including farming, development and leisure to enjoy inheritance tax relief and minimise stamp duty land tax by re-structuring the business model;
  • preserving the assets of a landed estate and meeting trustee objectives by extending the life of a trust for a further 125 years with the ability to accumulate income throughout that time; and
  • enabling a landed estate to benefit from entrepreneur's relief and incorporation relief on development land by structuring as a trading business, rather than an investment business.
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Rachel Watkinson

Partner
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Rachel Watkinson

Partner

Rachel is a Partner in the Tax & Trusts and Wills & Estates teams.

She advises clients on their wills, lasting powers of attorney, asset protection and estate administration.

Rachel is experienced in mental capacity issues in relation to property and financial affairs, health and welfare matters, and applications to the Court of Protection.  She also deals with long term care funding disputes, particularly regarding eligibility for NHS continuing healthcare funding, including appeals and interpretation of the mental capacity act 2005.

Acting for private individuals, executors, trustees, attorneys and beneficiaries, Rachel also offers talks on the importance of making a will and a lasting power of attorney.

Recent examples of how Rachel has helped clients include:

  • creating a power of attorney for a lady with early onset alzheimer's during one of her rare lucid moments, avoiding a costly application to the Court of Protection;
  • preventing a lady being evicted from a care home and ensuring she kept her entitlement to NHS continuing healthcare funding; and
  • acting as professional trustee to ensure fairness between beneficiaries with conflicting interests due to a difficult family dynamic
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Julian Chadwick

Consultant
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Julian Chadwick

Consultant

Julian is a Consultant in the Tax & Trusts and Wills & Estates teams.

Julian has a wealth of experience in private client matters including the complex aspects of wills and trusts drafting, estate planning and family succession issues.  Over the years he has advised successive generations of families on most aspects of their legal affairs.

Julian has also advised trustees of charities on a variety of issues-including managing a dysfunctional charity on behalf of the Charity Commission, and advising a charity throughout a long drawn-out investigation by the Charity Commission.

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Sian Jeffrey

Consultant
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Sian Jeffrey

Consultant

Sian is a Consultant in the Tax & Trusts and Wills & Estates teams.

Sian advises individuals, business owners, trustees and executors on a range of wills and estates matters.

This includes the drafting of wills and lasting powers of attorney, the creation and management of trusts, business succession planning, personal inheritance tax mitigation, the availability of tax reliefs for business and agricultural property, varying a will, obtaining probate and general estate administration. She also advises on double home loan trust schemes.

Recent examples of how Sian has helped clients include:

  • recovering inheritance tax paid on an estate by transferring assets out of a discretionary trust and gifting them to charity within two years of the donor’s death;
  • reducing the capital gains tax liability on the transfer of a property for a private individual by establishing a trust arrangement to qualify for holdover relief;
  • supporting the family of a recently deceased individual who had used a double home loan scheme to transfer property during their lifetime which was subsequently investigated by HMRC; and
  • guiding a business owner through the process of creating a will which enabled one of their children to succeed to the business while ensuring an equal distribution of wealth among the other siblings.
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Diane Beardmore

Senior Associate
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Diane Beardmore

Senior Associate

Diane is a Senior Associate in the Tax & Trusts and Wills & Estates teams.

Diane covers all aspects of trust and estate administration from the technical to the practical.  Her expertise includes the administration of complex estates including the production of the estate accounts. She handles trust registration, all forms of trust compliance including the Trustee Act 2000, and monitoring of trust funds and investments.

Diane provides practical assistance in the management of trust funds to meet clients' everyday financial needs, and ensures key dates are adhered too. On their behalf, she liaises with financial advisors and other professionals to provide long term continuity and accuracy.

Diane's clients are individuals and family members seeking guidance in the creation, registration and settling of trusts, beneficiaries as they come of age, and vulnerable clients requiring ongoing fund management, as well as financial advisors and professionals.

Recent examples of how Diane has helped clients include:

  • assisting a beneficiary of a trust at coming of age by informing them of their entitlement and ensuring specialist advice needed for ongoing management of the assets was available to them;
  • assisting a vulnerable beneficiary with professional financial advisors and ensuring their daily financial needs were still met; and
  • taking over the management of a trust, streamlining the administration and reducing the costs to the client by 35%.
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Ann Danson

Senior Associate
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Ann Danson

Senior Associate

Ann is a Senior Associate in the Agriculture, Landed Estates, Tax & Trusts and Wills & Estates teams.

Ann advises on succession planning and wealth protection for those with an interest in a landed estate.  This includes providing advice on business structures, trust arrangements, property ownership rights and tax mitigation - particularly on death, and specifically where business property or agricultural property relief may be available to reduce the amount of inheritance tax payable.  She also advises on wills, probate and general estate administration where there may be a need to tailor or vary arrangements to ensure business continuity and maximum tax efficiency.

Ann acts for private individuals and their families, many of her clients have commercial as well as residential property interests or are farming families with complex partnership or corporate arrangements to consider.

Recent examples of how Ann has helped clients include:

  • advising the owners of a large estate on the reorganisation of their property ownership arrangements to enable them to regain possession of tenanted land needed to develop their tourism-based business;
  • spotting a mistake in the way a trust had been organised which, if left unaddressed, could have resulted in the trust being exposed to a significant and unnecessary tax liability;
  • restructuring ownership of an estate to ensure the competing income and capital needs of three generations of the same family could be met; and
  • seeking permission from the High Court to extend the lifespan of a trust, following an earlier failed attempt to do this by the client's previous professional advisor
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Joanna Farrow

Senior Associate
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Joanna Farrow

Senior Associate

Joanna is a Senior Associate in the Wills, Estates, Tax and Trusts teams.

Joanna is an accredited member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and advises on wealth management and asset protection through the creation of tax efficient wills, the establishment of trusts and settlements, the utilisation of tax reliefs and exemptions, care fees planning, and succession strategies for the transfer of business and property interests.

Joanna also advises on estate administration, providing support with tax returns, applications for probate and administration, the collection of assets and settlement of debts, preparation of estate accounts, distributions to beneficiaries and variations of a will to mitigate inheritance tax liability.

In addition, Joanna advises on lasting powers of attorney and Court of Protection matters and regularly accepts appointments as a professional attorney or deputy for vulnerable clients.

Joanna acts for private individuals and families throughout the UK and for estate executors, administrators and trustees.  She advises high-net-worth individuals, farming families and those with significant inherited wealth or commercial interests.

Recent examples of how Joanna has helped clients include:

  • developing a succession strategy for a farming family through lifetime planning, lasting powers of attorney, tax efficient wills and the creation of a fund to support a disabled child;
  • supporting the executors of a complex estate, requiring specialist advice on the exemptions available under capital tax rules that applied before the current rules on inheritance tax came into force and helping with the apportionment of tax liability between executors, trustees and the recipients of lifetime gifts;
  • providing ongoing advice to the property and financial affairs attorneys of an elderly lady with undiagnosed Asperger’s syndrome and acting as proxy for one of the attorneys at meetings with the lady in which important financial decisions are taken; and
  • providing ongoing advice to the executors of an estate in which the beneficiaries have fallen out and there is a need for transparency and even-handedness to avoid the executors’ conduct being called into question.
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Colin Watret

Senior Associate
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Colin Watret

Senior Associate

Colin is a Senior Associate in the Tax & Trusts and Wills & Estates teams.

Colin prepares wills, estate plans, trusts and lasting powers of attorney for clients who are seeking to protect their wealth and make provision for their security in old age.  He liaises with the Court of Protection to manage the financial affairs of vulnerable people, and Colin administers the estates of clients who have died.

Recent examples of how Colin has helped clients include:

• ensuring a client's peace of mind regarding administration of their late civil partner's estate by instructing and liaising with an agent on property and assets held abroad;

• enabling a client's family to benefit from a trust during their lifetime, and minimising inheritance tax liability on their death; and

• ensuring financial security for a client unable to act for themselves, acting as their deputy to pay care home fees and managing their investments.