Richard Wilson QC describes the how private client practitioners are evolving to meet the needs of their increasingly sophisticated and international clients

Mention of private client law often conjures up images of lawyers in old-fashioned offices drawing up wills and advising on arid technical points of trust and tax law. Ask the average person on the street about a trust and they are likely to mention Downton Abbey and the difficulties for the Crawley family in barring the entail of their estate.

However, in 2020, the work of many private client practitioners could not be further from the perceptions that many have about it. There have been a number of significant changes over the past twenty or so years, which mean that private client practice is a dynamic area, providing a far more varied and stimulating range of work than may have been the case historically.

Perhaps one of t...

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