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New Recruits Join Clarke Willmott’s Private Client Team

Clarke Willmott LLP has strengthened its private client team with four more appointments to support the growth it is seeing in this area of the business. The four new starters will be joining the Bristol and Southampton offices.

The move is further evidence of Clark Willmott’s commitment to growing its already top rated private client offering, which has a particular focus on tax planning, agricultural, trust and Court of Protection law.

Anthony Whitwell joins in Southampton as a Partner from Penningtons Solicitors LLP, where he has previously been head of private client. Anthony has more than 25 years’ experience advising wealthy private clients, business owners and farming clients with complex tax affairs, both in the UK and overseas. His practice includes the full spectrum of private client work, but in particular inheritance tax planning.

Ruth Morris also joins the Southampton team as a Partner from Withers LLP, where she spent seven years specialising in agricultural and residential property work for private clients. Ruth acts for high-net-worth private individuals, family trusts and corporate entities on sales, purchases and mortgages of estates, farms and country houses as well as advising on rural issues such as tenancies and renewables. Ruth is also experienced in the sale and purchase of high value London houses and flats.

Also in Bristol the Court of Protection team is bolstered by the arrival of Jessica Connelly who joins from Swain & Co. Jess is a specialist in welfare and mental capacity law and further enhances the team’s skills in this area.

Anthony Fairweather, Clarke Willmott partner and managing director of the private client division, said: “We are really committed to investing in our teams and these further appointments reflect our growth plans in private client both in Southampton and Bristol. Recruiting talented experts in these fields with the right skills and knowledge is critical to our plans to further grow our private client offering”.