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Tel +44 (0) 20 7300 4296 Fax +44 (0) 20 7300 7100 Email Kirstie Download vCard
5 New Street Square
London EC4A 3TW
United Kingdom
DX 41 London

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.

Experience

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.

Career

Since 2013 Partner
2007 - 2013 Associate at Taylor Wessing
2004 - 2007 Solicitor at Thomson Snell & Passmore
2002 - 2004 Trainee Solicitor at Thomson Snell & Passmore

Education

2004 Admission as a lawyer in England & Wales [year] LPC from the College of Law, Chester [year] LLB Hons from the University of Liverpool

Memberships & Associations

Full member of STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners) Taylor Wessing's Graduate Recruitment Partner and Training Principal

Awards & Recognition

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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