Wrigleys give rivals something to chew

Mandy Tennant and her three sons (left to right) Max, 12, Sam 17 and Charlie, 13.
Mandy Tennant and her three sons (left to right) Max, 12, Sam 17 and Charlie, 13.
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AN impressive list of long-term clients, who praise Wrigleys Solicitors for its “high level of service,” “appropriate advice” and “consistent quality,” put the firm into an unchallenged first place ahead of all other Yorkshire firms dealing with personal tax, trusts and probate issues.

Wrigleys, which acts for more than 100 landed estates, is also the sole occupier of the top tier and the only South Yorkshire firm in the rankings when it comes to dealing with agricultural issues and estates on behalf of private clients.

Highlights for the team during the past year have included acting on the purchase of a number of grouse moor estates and the sale of a farm yard for development.

While Wrigleys is out in front, Irwin Mitchell’s Sheffield operation is the only local law firm to secure joint second ranking in analysis of firms dealing with personal tax, trusts and probate issues.

Irwin Mitchell’s team, led by Craig Marshall, works for a number of major international financial institutions including Barclays and HSBC and also acted on behalf of Mandy Tennant, who was left close to destitute and unable to support her children after her husband died.

Although her husband died leaving a comparatively large estate, the fact that he died without making a will meant the legal system insisted much of the estate was automatically tied up in trusts for their children.

In a widely publicised case, Irwin Mitchell had to sue the children on the mother’s behalf to release the money so that she could use it to support them.

Among those ranked equal third in the Legal 500 are three Sheffield firms: Keeble Hawson, Taylor & Emmet and Wake Smith & Tofields.

Keeble Hawson’s team, which is headed by George Connell, focuses on planning and offshore asset preservation for high-net-worth clients.

It also carries out work involving the Court of Protection, the specialist court that deals with issues involving people who lack capacity to make specific decisions themselves.

Team member Michele Todd is praised by her clients for being “approachable and professional.”

Taylor & Emmet deals with all aspects of private client work, with a particular focus on tax and trust issues.

Wake Smith & Tofields recently advised on several high-value estates in the course of administration.

The firm boasts niche strengths which include inheritance tax mitigation.

Other South Yorkshire firms ranked for their personal tax, trusts and probate expertise are Bell & Buxton and HLW Commercial Lawyers, both of Sheffield.