Kirstie is a partner in the Private Client group specialising in the resolution of trust and estate disputes both in a UK and international context. Kirstie advises trustees, protectors and beneficiaries in this regard. Kirstie also advises on a range of non-contentious private client issues such as trust creation and administration, the administration of estates, the drafting and preparation of wills and related tax and succession planning.
|Executors and Trustees of a high-value (circa £30 million) UK landed estate||Advising on claims brought by the widow of the deceased under the 1975 Inheritance Act against a complex and illiquid estate and family trusts|
|Executors of a £25 million cross-border estate||Advising on an estate involving unusual offers of chattels and land in lieu of Inheritance Tax and negotiating with a large heritage body in respect of a part private treaty sale|
|Beneficiaries of a UK Trust||Advising on a trust with a common law perpetuity period where there was a void appointment in breach of the perpetuity rules and no savings provisions.|
|Professional Trustee||Defending a claim brought by a beneficiary for breach of trust following the trustees' decision to wind up the trust.|
|Trustees of a post-nuptial settlement||Advising trustees joined to divorce proceedings with arguments for the security and preservation of the capital of the trust fund.|
|Beneficiary of an offshore Trust||Advising on matters concerning a point of construction and being joined in the application to the Guernsey Court for its determination of that point.|
|Trustees of substantial offshore Trusts||Advising on claims of breach of trust where the validity of certain trust restructuring was challenged. Values are in excess of £200m.|
|2007 - 2013||Associate at Taylor Wessing|
|2004 - 2007||Solicitor at Thomson Snell & Passmore|
|2002 - 2004||Trainee Solicitor at Thomson Snell & Passmore|
|2004||Admission as a lawyer in England & Wales [year] LPC from the College of Law, Chester [year] LLB Hons from the University of Liverpool|
|Full member of STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners) Taylor Wessing's Graduate Recruitment Partner and Training Principal|
|Recognised as a leading individual in Chambers 2016, where one source commented that she "is very sensible and has unerring good judgement. She is a natural candidate for thorny estate administrations or contentious trust litigation."|
Top 35 Under 35 - Private Client Practitioner 2014, 2013 and 2011.
Kirstie is "acute and hardworking" - Legal 500, 2014
Kirstie is "strong in complex family situations" - Legal 500, 2013
Kirstie "has provided the perfect balance between client care, technical expertise and practical advice. Her instructions are well organised, she is efficient and clients have a great deal of trust for her and her advice. Kirstie is someone to watch and a star of the future" - Citywealth Leaders List 2014
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