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Michelmores has well-regarded private client teams in both Exeter and Bristol. They provide advice to affluent families and individuals on trust and tax planning matters, in addition to estate and succession planning issues. The firm also assists clients on private wealth disputes, and a peer says they are known for having a "good contentious probate team."
The firm is noted for offering "big city advice without the big city fees," says a commentator.One source says: "It has the strength and depth to provide all the services required for agricultural and landowning clients." Another interviewee describes the team's service as "very efficient, very professional, and they give good clear advice."
Jennifer Ridgway "is really excellent for tax and succession planning advice," according to an adviser. She is recognised for international practice and is a trusted adviser to wealthy individuals and families. A fellow solicitor says: "She is very good at explaining what is going on to clients," adding: "She does really well, has good clients, has a good practice and all in all is really excellent."
Sandra Brown is particularly adept at advising on asset protection strategies encompassing trusts, tax planning and offshore matters. A fellow solicitor says Brown is "clearly a high-profile and experienced lawyer in Bristol." Another commentator says she is "very good at putting quite complex situations into simple and understandable terminology," adding: "She cuts through the legalese well."
Tony Cockayne leads the firm's disputed wills team in Exeter. He is "a real contentious trust and probate expert," states a source. Headvises on Inheritance Act 1975 claims, issues surrounding mental capacity and proprietary estoppel claims.Cockayne is described by one client as "very approachable, has real commercial solutions to problems, is always available for a telephone call to discuss matters and had a robust defence of our position." Clients also note his "very friendly, relaxed style."