Melissa is a partner in Shoosmiths’ private wealth team.
She advises wealthy UK and international clients on the long term protection and devolution of their assets through estate, succession and tax planning, with a specific focus on:
•Tax - Advising individuals - often land owners, business owners, trustees and entrepreneurs on inheritance tax and capital gains tax in the context of general estate planning and in relation to specific deals and events. This advice will often include advice on specific business and agricultural property reliefs as well as trust taxation;
•Trusts - Advising on creation, administration and re-arrangement where families and trustees are looking to protect assets, to save tax and to create flexible structures that may last for generations.
•Wills - Drafting both simple and complex Wills for UK and international clients.
•Estates - Advising executors and beneficiaries on all aspects of estate administration, also acting as a trustee, executor and attorney for her clients where appropriate.
Melissa trained and qualified at a niche London firm, Rooks Rider, in 2001 and led the private client team at Oxfordshire firm, Hedges Law before joining Shoosmiths in 2016.
Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.