Porter Dodson Solicitors

Private Wealth Law Department

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Porter Dodson is a "sound firm of lawyers with a broad range of skills," according to a commentator. It has a stellar reputation in the South West for its private client offering. The team assist with wills and trusts disputes in addition to succession planning and Court of Protection work. A source notes: "They have specialists available for all aspects of property and family matters."

A client describes the team as "highly professional" and "caring." Another client says that "they speak clearly and are jargon-free, and always make sure that you understand what they are talking about." An interviewee highlights that the team "will do as instructed, but also take the time to point out other aspects which perhaps the clients had overlooked or simply not considered."

Notable practitioners

Cara Hough is adept at advising on wills, trusts and estate disputes. Her clients include beneficiaries and charities. An industry peer says Hough is "very able" and "has a holistic approach" to cases. A client adds: "She had my interests at the forefront, she has a very methodical approach to her workings and representations." A barrister notes that "she is very hard-working" and is "attracting superb work."

Head of dispute resolution team Stephen Wray is a specialist on contentious  private client issues, including trusts, probate and commercial property disputes. One market insider describes Wray as a "tenacious litigator," adding: "He fights for his clients but does not fight for the sake of it, but to achieve results." One barrister says: "He is always happy to go the extra mile for clients, including dealing with some last-minute matters over the weekend before a hearing."