Forsters LLP

Private Wealth Law Department

London (Firms)
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Forsters' "excellent team" of private client lawyers advises on wealth structuring matters including family governance, wills and probate and charitable matters.

The team advises wealthy individuals and families, financial institutions and family offices. An interviewee comments that "they have very good lawyers."

Notable practitioners

Anthony Thompson is "one of the leading players of the profession," according to one source, who adds that he is "highly regarded." Hehas considerable experience advising international clients on wealth structuring. An interviewee says: "He has a good reputation in the Middle East market. He manages clients excellently - he has a good understanding of clients."

Carole Cook advises high net worth clients on estate and succession planning. She also advises on tax matters and charitable giving. Her clients include individuals and families, family offices and owners of landed estates. A source says: "She is an immensely calm and measured person when she is with clients, and her advice is very clear."

Catharine Bell provides wealth structuring advice to high net worth clients. A solicitor explains: "She is very good, she is very proactive, and she knows the subject back to front. She is also great fun and a nice person to work with." Another source notes that "clients find her very personable and very easy to deal with."

Daniel Ugur focuses his practice on trusts and succession planning. His clients include trustees, beneficiaries and family offices as well as individuals and families. A source says: "He is a very good tax lawyer. He is easy to deal with and a pragmatic chap."

David Robinson advises high net worth individuals and families on tax planning, and is highly sought after by UK and international clients for wealth preservation. Sources call him "a very bright guy" and "a force to be reckoned with."

Kelly Noel-Smith is "really bright, very capable and very experienced," says one interviewee. She advises wealthy clients on tax and succession. A source enthuses: "She is brilliant. She is technically incredibly strong and charming to deal with. She is very good at keeping things simple."

Nicholas Jacob advises on estate and succession planning and family governance matters. A source enthuses: "His practice is outstanding - he has become this guru for the Hong Kong and Singapore market." Another interviewee says: "His technical knowledge is really very strong. He is a very good technical lawyer."