Elisabeth is an experienced private client lawyer, specialising in advising landed estates, farmers, partnerships and trusts. 

Following a career in industry in the UK and overseas, including seven years at GlaxoSmithKline, a desire to return to her roots in the North prompted a career change. She joined the firm as a trainee in 2013 and qualified into the private client team in 2015. 

Initially, she worked across a broad range of clients, but over the past six years she has become increasingly focused on working for landed estates and farmers. She qualified as a Trusts and Estates Practitioner (TEP) in 2021, obtaining distinctions in all papers.

Elisabeth enjoys working alongside a family's accountants and land agents to develop and execute plans to ensure the estate or farm passes to future generations safely and tax efficiently.


Examples of experience include:

  • Working with a farming family to transfer partnership land into a trust prior to the land being developed into a solar farm
  • Leading the correspondence with HMRC on a successful claim for Business Property Relief on the Balfour basis for a very large estate
  • Ongoing work with an estate to transfer land and property to the next generation in a series of lifetime gifts, through the use of trusts and outright gifts. Advising the next generation on the availability of Balfour on their partnership
  • Advising on conditional exemption claims for heritage property, including negotiating undertakings with HMRC and advising owners on compliance
  • Drafting complex Wills for high-net-worth individuals and ensuring that the terms of the Wills align with the provisions of any partnership agreement.

"My wife and I would like to thank you for all your help, advice and patience over the last year or so. You have made a very difficult process so manageable and straight-forward"

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