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Willans is regarded as a "very trusted local firm" by market insiders. The firm offers wealthy individuals and families estate planning, Inheritance Tax advice and assistance with Court of Protection and contentious matters. An interviewee says the firm is "big enough to have the expertise required, while being small enough to value clients and look after them well."
One client says: "I found that Willans has experts that could deal with all aspects of the dispute and bring in additional guidance when necessary. I was made aware of all possible outcomes at an early stage and the guidance I received enabled me to make informed decisions."
Paul Gordon leads the litigation and dispute resolution team and is adept at advising on Inheritance Act 1975 claims and inheritance dispute matters. One source says: "With his pragmatic approach, he was able to obtain a favourable litigation settlement for me." Clients note his "great communication skills" and "obvious expertise in his field," and highlight his "ability to explain legalities in a way that the client is able to understand."
Simon Cook is "calm, meticulous and very knowledgeable in his field," says a source. Cook is the head of wills, trusts and probate team and is experienced in advising affluent clients on tax, trust and estate planning issues. Another commentator says he is "very professional at all times" and "combines this with an excellent manner when dealing with clients," so he is "instantly likeable" and "puts clients at ease."