Private client

Expert guidance and support from trusted private client solicitors

Understanding private client law

Our specialist private client lawyers can help you with a broad range of issues affecting your personal tax situation, your estate and your family’s inheritance.

We provide personalised, efficient and discreet advice no matter the issue. We offer a seamless service, drawing on the knowledge of other specialists within the firm to ensure our clients receive the very best advice.

We are well equipped to handle both domestic and international matters and are proud of our diverse client base.

How our private client solicitors can help you

Our lawyers create practical and creative solutions. Our in-depth sector knowledge means you can rest assured you’re in the safest hands.

We can help you with a wide range of issues relating to your personal wealth and estate planning, your personal tax situation and your inheritance. Our advice is always tailored to your needs and those of your family.

Court of protection and deputies

Court of Protection Applications and Deputies

We advise on matters which arise when a person lacking capacity...

Trusts and estate planning

Trusts and estate planning

We can advise you how to structure your property and affairs to ensure that your estate passes...

Powers of attorney

Powers of attorney

A lasting power of attorney (LPA) is a document enabling a person (the donor) to appoint an attorney...

Draws on a significant wealth of experience to represent their clients in disputes of significant value and complexity.
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Our approach to private client law

Many of our clients are based in the UK with overseas assets and/or families, or are internationally based with UK assets.

We act in new and complex areas of law, such as Private International Law, Matrimonial Property Regimes and Family Investment Companies. We advise on all aspects of UK taxation, with particular emphasis on inheritance tax and capital gains tax planning.

Our clients range between the significantly wealthy and those whose needs are not as complex, unless family circumstances give rise to complexities. We have acted for many families for more than one generation and are proud to be the trusted advisors to our broad client base. We also assist vulnerable clients and advise their families how to assist their loved ones when they lose capacity or are struggling to manage their financial affairs, or have been subject to financial abuse. We also do home/hospital and care home visits for vulnerable clients.

Our independent trust company, Russell-Cooke Trust Company (RCTC), ensures we are well-placed to offer executor and trustee services. We have a specialist trust administration and tax team with many years of experience

Russell-Cooke trust company

Russell-Cooke Trust Company (RCTC)

Russell-Cooke Trust Company (RCTC) is an independent trust company wholly owned...

Taxation for individuals

Taxation for individuals

We advise on all aspects of UK taxation, with particular emphasis on inheritance and capital gains tax planning...

Philanthropy law

Philanthropy law

We work with individual philanthropists, families and businesses who want to use their wealth to help others...

family businesses

Family businesses

Like many law firms we offer expert advice on areas such as buying and selling businesses or companies, or trusts and estate planning...

Cross-border and international

We offer high-quality specialist advice to clients based in the UK with overseas assets and/or families and to International clients with UK assets.

We advise on many cross-border legal matters including:

  • private International Law
  • cross-border wills
  • matrimonial property regimes and inheritance contracts
  • administering international estates
  • obtaining UK Grants of Probate for persons who die outside the UK
  • care and protection of the elderly and their assets across national borders
  • international estate and tax planning

We regularly advise on, and draft wills, for international clients with international assets. We help you to understand the interaction of the relevant succession and tax regimes.

Issues surrounding care and protection of the elderly or vulnerable in cross-border situations can become very complicated and require particular compassion and sensitivity. Members of the team are experts in this field and often work together with our contentious, family and children teams to provide coordinated advice.

Cross border succession capacity and tax

Cross-border succession, capacity and tax

We give advice about the cross-border issues that arise when someone owns assets in more than one country...

International tax estate planning and estate administration

International tax, estate planning and estate administration

We offer high-quality specialist advice to UK citizens with overseas assets and families...

Italy UK succession wills and tax

Italy UK succession, wills and tax

Our specialist team regularly advises clients with Italian and British interests and connections. We help clients understand...

Probate and estate administration

The breadth of our probate and estate administration expertise means we can handle everything from large, cross-border estates and complex disputes to the many administrative tasks that come with even the most simple estates.

Typical areas we help with include:

  • collecting in assets and arranging valuations
  • obtaining the Grant of Probate
  • calculation and payment of inheritance tax
  • calculation of Income Tax and Capital Gains Tax
  • correspondence with HM Revenue & Customs
  • payment of debts and executor expenses distributing the estate to the beneficiaries disputes arising over who should benefit from an estate
  • inheritance tax planning around the administration of estates, such as Deeds of Variation
Probate and estate administration

Probate and estate administration

We recognise that the legalities arising from the death...


We recognise that the legal issues arising from the death of a loved one can add to your burden at an emotionally distressing time. So our team is here to guide you through each stage of the process, giving you the reassurance that everything is being handled promptly and professionally as well as cost-effectively.

Whether you are a beneficiary or the executor of a will, you will have a dedicated solicitor and legal assistant working with you throughout, ensuring you can always speak with someone who has a clear understanding of the estate and its requirements.



We advise individuals on all aspects of will drafting and issues affecting wills including...

Get in touch

If you would like to speak with a member of the team you can contact our private client solicitors; Holborn office +44 (0)20 3826 7522; Kingston office +44 (0)20 3826 7529; Putney office +44 (0)20 3826 7515 or complete our enquiry form.

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Changes are a constant throughout our lives. It is important to seek appropriate advice to review how changes may affect you and to understand the options available.

Changing of seasons, private client e-update 2023

Private client legal news—October 2023

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Related insights

The latest news and insights from our private client team



LPAs—stepping into the digital age with changes afoot

Associate Olivia Llewellyn discusses the changes to making Lasting Powers of Attorney ahead of the introduction of The Powers of Attorney...
Olivia Llewellyn, Associate in the Russell-Cooke Solicitors, private client team.
Olivia Llewellyn
2 min Read


Five things not to put in a will—Money Week

Partner Kieran Bowe has appeared in an article in Money Week, providing valuable insights into what should be excluded from a will, such as sensitive information...
Kieran Bowe, Partner in the Russell-Cooke Solicitors, private client team.
Kieran Bowe
1 min Read


The Autumn Statement and your money—Financial Times

Partner James Cook has been quoted in article from eprivate client uncovering the potential impacts of the Autumn Statement 2023 on the private wealth sector...
Russell-Cooke private client partner
James Cook
1 min Read
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