Private clients

Planning for the future

Our private client team is the largest in Oxfordshire and one of the largest outside London, with 13 lawyers and other experts specialising in all aspects of the management of personal wealth. We are recognised by independent legal commentators Chambers and Legal 500 as one of the leading teams in the south of England for private client work. We have lawyers who are members of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), the Law Society's Private Client Section, the Contentious Probate Lawyers Group, the Institute of Directors, the Land Trusts Association and the Institute of Legacy Management.

We provide a range of services to help you organise, manage and safeguard your own and your family's interests, including all aspects of personal tax planning, Wills, trusts, probate, Wills disputes, Court of Protection and power of attorney issues.

We also publish a range of Guides to explain some of the complex legal issues that can arise from family situations.

For further information, please email us.

News

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Testimonials

"Freeths’ ‘thorough and dependable’ team is led by Nigel Roots, who specialises in complex trust structures, and include the ‘excellent’ Jane Maitland, who acts for a number of high-net-worth individuals, and Sarah Foster, who handles contentious probate matters"

The Legal 500, The Clients' Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2016 Edition

"Freeths 'is one of the best private client practices outside London', with team head Jane Maitland attracting particular praise for her 'considered and clear-minded application of experience'. Nigel Roots is an insightful and clear thinker', and Sarah Foster leads the contentious probate group."

The Legal 500, The Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2015 Edition

"Freeths’s ‘brilliant private client team combines strength in depth with an ability to forge strong client relationships'. National private client practice head Nigel Roots has ‘phenomenal' trusts expertise, and Jane Maitland has substantial experience in agricultural matters. Part of a large team, senior associate Jane Robinson and associate Lisa Mark-Bell have notable trusts and tax expertise respectively"

The Legal 500, The Clients' Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2014 edition

"I have found them to be very client-focused in that they work to our specific requirements and timescales. The firm has been pragmatic at all times and is able to deliver clear advice punctually and succinctly."

Chambers & Partners, a Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2014 edition

"The recently merged Freeths LLP acts in complex, high-value trust and land matters, often with offshore and contentious elements. Oxford-based Nigel Roots is the firm’s national head of private client...."

Legal 500, The Clients' Guide to the UK Legal Profession - 2013 edition

"This 15-strong team is one of the most sought-after private client teams in the Thames Valley."

Chambers and Partners, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2013 edition

"Henmans LLP’s ‘pragmatic’ team handles offshore work and Court of Protection cases"

"Jane Maitland ‘seeks solutions to problems’"

"Nigel Roots is 'excellent at keeping it simple' "

The Legal 500, The Clients' Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2011 edition

"efficient, able and refreshingly straightforward "

"thorough and practical approach to very complex estate planning matters "

"very on the ball and switched-on "

Chambers and Partners, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2008 edition

"This 'excellent practice' is achieving pre-eminence in the private client world "

Chambers and Partners, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2007 edition

"I would again like to thank you both for all the constant reassurance I needed throughout the whole process. You did an amazing job. After my previous solicitor experience it was almost inconceivable to me that you could tie everything up successfully the way it has turned out. So thank you very much."

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