Charles Russell Speechlys

Private Wealth Law Department

South West
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Full-service firm Charles Russell Speechlys offers a wide range of private client services, including advice on estate planning and succession, rural businesses and landed estates, tax, probate and charitable trusts. "They are definitely Premier League," says a peer.

The private client team in Cheltenham is described as "high quality" and "one of the best in the field; they are well supported and offer quality advice across a breadth of private wealth issues." A source adds: "They are able to simplify complex processes to clients so that they understand them." A professional adviser says they are the "go-to" for high-value work. Another market insider says: "They react quickly to questions and queries; they would always be our first recommendation due to the level of service provided."

Notable practitioners

Christopher Page
"has a gargantuan reputation for being an excellent private client lawyer" with a "trust specialism," explains a source, who adds that he is a "really personable guy." Page is held in high regard for his knowledge of landed estate matters and regularly advises on succession planning issues with landowning elements. A peer enthuses that he is "the nicest person in the world and terrific at what he does."

Henry Fea
"leads a strong international practice" and "is good at dealing with international issues and knows his stuff," explains a source. He is a tax specialist who advises on cross-border and domestic high-value cases, as well as having expertise on the formation of trusts and succession planning. An interviewee says: "He is fantastic at looking after people who are nervous of the law, so his bedside manner is brilliant, as well as being a good lawyer."

Julia Cox
"goes above and beyond the requirements of a normal private client lawyer," according to an adviser, who continues: "She is excellent and so empathetic; she teases out the really important information for the client in order to help them." As an expert on international trust and wills issues, she receives praise from market insiders for her "handling of complex estate work," in which "she has a depth of knowledge and is able to think creatively in order to resolve issues." Peers hold her in high regard as a "very personable and technically strong" solicitor.

Tabitha Collett
assists with a range of private wealth issues, from the writing of wills and powers of attorney to tax and estate planning. A source says: "Tabitha is very thorough, which is great," adding that "she is great at cutting through all of the detail and giving you all you need to know." Another interviewee says: "She is very proactive and personable," adding that she is "someone who I can rely on to get back to me, so her responsiveness is excellent."