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Top ten ranking for Clarke Willmott's Taunton office

The Taunton office of national law firm Clarke Willmott LLP has once again been recognised at the highest level in the recently released Chambers and Partners High Net Worth rankings.

The office has been awarded a prestigious Band 1 ranking and is hailed for its contentious and non-contentious private client offering in the South West. Its private client team advises farming clients, landed estate clients and business owners on a broad range of matters.

In addition to the firm’s top rating, four Taunton-based practitioners have been individually ranked as leading lawyers in their field.

Partner in the private capital team David Maddock is ranked in Band 1 and is noted for his expertise in Inheritance Tax planning and estate planning for agricultural and farming matters. A source says Maddock is ‘very knowledgeable and has a very good way of communicating complicated issues in an easy to understand manner’.

Partner Esther Woolford is ranked in Band 2 for her work in Private Wealth Disputes.

Senior associate Sarah O’Grady is named as an ‘associate to watch’ in Private Wealth Disputes in the South West. Dividing her time between the firm’s Bristol and Taunton offices, Sarah deals with trust and probate disputes and is described as ‘technically very good and good at driving things forward’.

Partner Tom Chiffers gained a Band 3 rating, an improvement on the ‘up and coming’ category he was named in last year. Chiffers provides affluent clients with advice on tax planning, the formation and maintenance of trusts, wills drafting and power of attorney matters.

Anthony Fairweather (pictured), head of Clarke Willmott’s Private Client team, said: “We are delighted to once again have been named as one of the leading private client law firms in this year’s High Net Worth Guide.

“It is a testament to our hard-working and conscientious lawyers that we have retained or improved on last year’s impressive results, showcasing the strength and consistency of our practice.  

“Our strong and growing presence in all regions of the UK highlights Clarke Willmott’s private client practice as one of the best and most diverse in the country.”  

The Chambers and Partners High Net Worth guide covers private wealth management work and related specialisms, recognising the leading lawyers and law firms for wealthy individuals and families. 

Clarke Willmott LLP is a national law firm with seven offices across the country in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, London, Manchester, Southampton and Taunton. 

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