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Mills & Reeve is highly rated in the Manchester market, with one source saying: "I am impressed with the strong team. They work most efficiently and they communicate with each other very well." Another commentator observes that "they are always on top of a case. Their instructions are clear and concise and their analysis is always excellent. Their service is among the best in the North of England."
Several interviewees praise the knowledge of the team in this area. One source comments: "Their knowledge is first-class and they are often thinking of solutions and possible hurdles we had yet to assess." Another says: "The team as a whole were excellent and the response time was immediate. They gave the family confidence in areas which were completely out of our league, but kept it simple and easy to understand."
Deborah Clark is highly rated for her expertise in private client matters, including family investment companies and estate planning, and is described as "a real market leader." Several sources praise her tax planning skills, with one adviser saying: "Deborah has strong tax knowledge, so she understands the importance of drafting documents correctly from a tax perspective." One of her peers remarks: "I would absolutely refer work to her, she does an excellent job. She is very technically skilled and excellent at client care."
Tony Hall acts for high net worth individuals and business owners on matters including wills, trusts and inheritance tax planning. A source notes: "He provides clear, concise advice with innovative solutions to problems."
Zahra Siddiqui assists high net worth clients on wills, trusts and estate administration matters. "She has outstanding interpersonal skills and her advice is always clear and carefully presented so as to ensure our full understanding of often complex issues. I would unreservedly recommend her," says a source. Another comments: "She is very helpful and professional. She gets a grasp of the matter very quickly and creates the right solutions for the client."