We have been recognised in The Times Best Law Firms list for its expertise in inheritance and succession planning across England and Wales.

The Times Best Law Firms list is compiled by The Times and independent market research company Statista based on a survey of over 4,000 solicitors and barristers in England and Wales, and lists the top 250 legal practices for business, public and private-client law in England and Wales and the top 20 in Scotland.

Our national partner-led team is one of the UK’s most experienced private client teams advising on the complex areas of wills, trusts and estates.  Much of our work involves high value estates, high net worth individuals and their families and an increasing amount of matters involving international estates.

Our success in The Times follows our recent success at the National Wills and Probate Awards where we were highly commended in the Solicitor of the Year category and won the Charity Legacy Probate Collaboration of the Year.


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Sarah Walker-Smith is the CEO of Shakespeare Martineau. She is the first female, non-lawyer CEO in the legal top 50. A trained accountant having worked for PWC and Deloitte, Sarah puts people at the core of everything she does as well as the marketing and branding experience gained at Boots plc.

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Published: 27th October 2023
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