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Chambers Review

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Private Wealth Law - Hereford, Worcester and surrounds
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Band 1

HCR Hewitsons' private wealth practice has "very capable staff with excellent knowledge" with "excellent service and response times," according to interviewees. An impressed client adds: "I was consistently impressed by the high levels of professionalism, coupled with friendly, supportive and personal care."

The wills, trusts and estates team handles a range of non-contentious private client work. The firm also has a disputes team that handles contentious matters. A source states: "Having worked with several law firms in the past, the comparison is quite marked. HCR outshines them all considerably."

Notable practitioners

Catherine Ball is a specialist and experienced adviser to owners of landed estates, business owners and farmers. She advises on trusts, wills, probate and powers of attorney. She also advises on provision for disabled children and acts as a trustee on personal and charitable trusts.

Beth King-Smith is described as "a fantastic solicitor" and "very knowledgeable in her field" by a client. Another source says: "Beth has demonstrated an exceptional ability and continues to provide a superb level of awareness and vision for me as a client." Her work is focused on contentious matters relating to trusts and probate. She has particular expertise in advising on will disputes in farming contexts.

Dawn Oliver is a senior partner at the firm, with decades of experience in private client work. She advises her clients on matters related to inheritance tax and charitable trusts. One interviewee states: "Dawn leads by example and is well respected. She provides clear and professional advice in a client-friendly manner."

Laura Banks is a partner in the firm's Birmingham office. Her expertise is in trusts, wealth management for private clients and wills. Banks is described as "concise, calm and superb at offering solutions and advice" by one source. Another interviewee adds: "Laura is an extremely knowledgeable and efficient lawyer. She is very professional, delightful and caring. I have total confidence in her ability and would recommend her without reservation."

Lisa Whitehouse advises high net worth clients on sophisticated matters relating to tax planning. She is also experienced in advising her clients on cross-border matters. One source states that Lisa has "a very professional approach while speaking to clients in a manner they understand. Her experience and knowledge is excellent."

Kerri Woodrow is a partner at the firm and deputy head of the private client team. She advises her clients on matters relating to the preparation of wills, succession planning and tax. She also advises on estate administration and trusts.

Antonia Cooper is a senior associate at the firm. She advises her clients on a range of matters such as trusts and estates, as well as agricultural and business property relief claims. She has a broad client base, encompassing high net worth individuals, farming partnerships and the owners of landed estates. One source states: "She has a wealth of knowledge in complex, agricultural matters and I have total faith in her." Another says: "Antonia is very calming, reassuring and professional."

Hauke Harrack has particular expertise in cross-border estate administration. Harrack is described by an observer as "very professional and knowledgeable." This source adds that Harrack "gives very clear and concise information. He always ensures that the client has fully understood before moving on."

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Birmingham and surrounds

Private Wealth Law

2
Laura Banks
2
Band 2

Hereford, Worcester and surrounds

Private Wealth Law

1
Dawn E Oliver
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Band 1
U
Lisa Whitehouse
U
Up and Coming

Midlands

Private Wealth Disputes

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Beth King-Smith
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Band 1

Northampton and surrounds

Private Wealth Law

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Catherine Ball
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Band 1
U
Kerri Woodrow
U
Up and Coming
Antonia Cooper
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Hauke Harrack
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