Freeths LLP

Private Wealth Law Department

Thames Valley
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Freeths is described by an interviewee as "an innovative firm with a focus on delivering first-class advice across a broad range of services, but in an accessible manner."

The firm's family wealth practice advises clients on wills, trusts, tax planning and estate administration. It also represents clients in contentious trusts and estates matters. "They're absolutely fantastic," says a client, adding: "They're extremely knowledgeable in what they do, and they're effective."

Notable practitioners

Jane Maitland
is an experienced estate planner. She advises a range of high net worth clients, and also acts as a trustee and an executor.

Nigel Roots
"is an extremely nice individual. He is very thorough, he is particularly good with clients, he has a nice calming manner," says an interviewee. He is a "vastly experienced" private client lawyer who advises wealthy clients on tax planning and trust and estate administration.

Managing associate
Sally Goodger
is "professional, knowledgeable, patient, friendly and efficient, whether communicating on the phone or over email," according to a source. She represents wealthy individuals and charities in contentious private client matters, including will and trust disputes.

Sarah Foster
has a fine reputation among interviewees for her work handling trust and inheritance disputes. "She is an excellent litigator and one of the best outside London," says a barrister, adding: "She commands huge respect among her peers." A fellow solicitor explains: "She has a wealth of experience and knowledge in her area of specialism, and this, combined with her ability to deliver complex legal advice in a concise, practical and approachable manner, makes her stand out as exceptional."