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Penningtons Manches LLP provides ‘exceptional service to clients. The highly motivated team is also structured in an efficient way to provide cost effective advice’. Clare Archer heads the department and has ‘the rare combination of experience, expertise and personable approach to be a true trusted adviser in what is often quite a sensitive and problematic area of practice’. James d’Aquino ‘has the global expertise and experience to be trusted on very complex matters’. Archer and d’Aquino are both ‘very sensitive to client needs and have the ability to handle diverse and often conflicting or competing elements very well’. Laura Dadswell is ‘excellent’ and newly promoted partner Lucy Edwards is ‘highly effective’.

Penningtons Manches LLP's advice is 'highly rated' and its 'charges are reasonable for the quality of advice and service offered'. The team [in Basingstoke] has extensive expertise in trusts law, including that with an international aspect, and contentious issues such as the removal of trustees and disputes between trustees and beneficiaries. Practice head Michael Cash's 'knowledge is first rate and he has a calm reassuring manner about him'. Other noted team members include Henrietta Mason, Siân Hodgson and Sarah Lee.

The 'excellent' team at Penningtons Manches LLP [in Guildford] is 'prompt to respond and compassionate in its interactions with beneficiaries' and has 'a wide area of expertise with specialists in all required sectors'. Liz Garvey, who heads the team, is also a director of PennTrust, the firm's trust management company, and frequently acts as a trustee on large family trusts. Senior associates Cecelia Ward and Hannah Gearey, who is valued for 'keeping on top of many areas of business', are other names to note. The team was further boosted by the arrival of senior associate Elizabeth Nicholas in January 2017.

‘Very knowledgeable and efficient’ senior associate Caroline Van Zyl heads Penningtons Manches LLP's Oxford office private client and tax team and specialises in all matters relating to estate planning, succession, tax and trusts. Senior associate Louise Lewis joined the firm in May 2017 and holds detailed knowledge of complex estate and trust administration and tax planning, while also receiving instructions to draft wills, set up trusts and put in place powers of attorney.

The Legal 500 - 2019 edition


Strong private client team handling cross-border and domestic matters for high net worth individuals, families and family offices. Administers and plans complex estates, offering tax planning and asset protection advice which frequently has international dimensions.

Strengths: ‘The firm as a whole is excellent. They have the requisite experience and knowledge of the law.’

‘They have very strong legal acumen. They are quick, responsive and know what they doing.’

‘They are always available to discuss matters, keeping us informed of progress and being very proactive in responding to requests.’ 

Notable practitioners

Clare Archer represents high net worth individuals and families with complex tax and estate planning and asset protection requirements. One source describes her as ‘exceptional’ and says: ‘In terms of handling things with sensitivity and pragmatism, Clare is second to none.’

Laura Dadswell advises clients on a range of estate planning matters and is well regarded for her work relating to US tax law. An interviewee says that she is ‘an extremely intelligent person with a great work ethic.’

Christopher Lintott is ‘very straightforward’ and ‘excellent to deal with’. He frequently advises high net worth families on cross-border estate planning matters.

Michael Cash is described as ‘one of the go-to names in this area,’ while another interviewee identifies him as ‘an excellent lawyer and a great tactician.’ He concentrates on assisting clients with domestic and international trust and estate litigation, including will disputes, Inheritance Act 1975 claims, breach of trust claims and matters concerning the administration of estates.

Liz Garvey ‘is fantastic. She is very personable and she takes a very holistic approach to clients and their problems. She has an excellent client manner. She is a real expert but is also a very understanding and sympathetic person.’ She advises clients on complex estate and probate matters and regularly handles Court of Protection work.

Caroline van Zyl is a key contact.

Chambers UK - 2017 edition



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Penningtons Manches LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registered number OC311575 and is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. San Francisco is an associated office.

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