Royds Withy King

Private Wealth Law Department

Somerset
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Royds Withy King is "strong in the private client space," says a source. The Bath-based private client team is respected for providing specialist advice on estate and succession planning, as well as on Court of Protection matters and inheritance and trusts disputes. "They offer great advice and they're not shy of bringing in other professionals when they need to," says a commentator.

"It's a great team," states an interviewee, adding: "They have a true understanding for the client's needs and the family situation. They're a firm that have a really nice ambience about them."

Notable practitioners 

Amanda Noyce leads the contested wills, trusts and inheritance disputes team at the firm. "She'sgot a fantastic reputation locally and has dealt with some fairly significant cases," says an interviewee, who adds: "She's very focused on what the client's objectives are. She's certainly a very thorough and very good lawyer, and very pragmatic as well. If I had a dispute personally, I would have 100% confidence in her."

James McNeile is head of the firm's private client department and is a member of the agriculture and rural team. He handles tax and estate planning matters for landed estates, farming clients and non-UK domiciled individuals. "What he doesn't know about the law doesn't need knowing," says a source, "and he can communicate it in a really measured way, which gives clients a lot of comfort."