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Understanding all the technicalities of the law around wills, probate, trusts and wealth management is vital for my work, but an ability to translate that knowledge into practical, tailored and easy to understand advice is almost more important.

I advise business owners, high net worth individuals, trustees and beneficiaries of trusts, as well as the families of those who have died, helping them to understand and negotiate the processes involved. When clients are making their wills, I challenge them to ensure that they make sound provisions which will withstand any future challenge – far better that I should ask the questions than a court ask them later.

Professional standards and expertise are important to me, so I was delighted to be re-elected to the STEP Worldwide Council in 2021, as well as playing my part in the organisation regionally and locally.

Outside work, I love travelling and the creative and performing arts, as well as spending time with my family and friends.

Laura is ranked individually in Chambers and Partners’ High Net Worth directory 2022 – the directory says that she is “ ‘concise, calm and superb at offering solutions and advice’ with expertise in trusts, wealth management for private clients and Wills. Another client added that she ‘is an extremely knowledgeable and efficient lawyer. She is very professional, delightful and caring. I have total confidence in her ability and would recommend her without reservation.’”

The Legal 500 directory 2022 noted that clients describe her as having a ‘terrific attention to detail’ and ‘a deep understanding of our family issues’ with another client stating that ‘Laura led the team brilliantly. She is particularly dedicated and showed terrific tenacity and above all integrity in all our dealings. She really wanted to fully understand all the issues so she could make the correct decisions when producing complicated family document.’

I am a full member of STEP.

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How can I mitigate inheritance tax?

Sometimes you can’t, but I’ll work with you to understand your circumstances, listen to your priorities and then tell you the tax consequences of the various options.

Is my will safe from challenge?

No and yes. You can never prevent nuisance claims but I will challenge you about your wishes and provide guidance on how to make the will provisions defendable, plus prevent it being challenged for lack of capacity, knowledge or signing formalities.

How can I look after my children while protecting the money they will inherit?

Trusts may well be the solution, provided the tax costs are understood and accepted.

How can I protect my children’s inheritance if they divorce?

By the careful use of trusts.

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Endorsements & Awards

Hear what our clients say about our Partner Laura Banks

Expertise and personable approach for complex wills and LPAs

When faced with issues involving Lasting Powers of Attorney and complex wills, it can be difficult to...

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Complex trust issue handled with kindness and clarity

Laura Banks provided clear guidance for her client regarding a complex trust issue involving the client’s s...

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