Vickie is a partner in the private client group, advising clients on all aspects of private client work.

Her clients value the empathy and proactivity that she brings to her cases and she has been described as having a highly approachable manner.

Vickie also has many years' experience as a property lawyer dealing with residential, commercial and matrimonial property matters.

Vickie is a director of Russell-Cooke Trust Company

She joined Russell-Cooke in 1990, becoming a partner in 1993.

Wills

  • advising on all aspects of wills including making wills as tax efficient as possible and advising on appointments of guardians and trustees to protect young children
  • advising on capacity issues arising and possible claims by disappointed family members or partners

Administration of estates

  • advising executors in a sensitive and efficient manner at what can be a very difficult time. Vickie aims to make the process as easy to understand as possible and is able to walk executors through the administration process step-by-step, advising on how best to deal with HMRC including rules on asset valuations, the interplay between IHT and CGT and claiming any available reliefs
  • Vickie has dealt with many estates with an international element and is able to liaise with foreign lawyers and deal with reclaiming double payment of any inheritance taxes where applicable

Tax planning

  • advising on lifetime tax planning including lesser known reliefs and lifetime gifts without compromising a client's practical needs

After death variations

  • Vickie has dealt with variations of wills after death, including a case which enabled the executors to reclaim over £225,000 of IHT

Trusts

  • advising on and drafting trusts including personal injury trusts and will trusts to protect assets on a second marriage

Powers of Attorney

  • advising on all aspects of making powers of attorney including general powers and lasting powers or attorneys
  • acting as Administrator of a disputed estate when appointed by the Law Society
  • English language and literature, BA University of Manchester
  • Legal Practice Course (College of Law)