Catriona Syed

Partner  |  Charles Russell Speechlys

England and Wales
British Virgin Islands


Personal and estate planning
Succession planning
Trusted advisor


What has been the highlight of your practice over the past 12 months?

I’m acting as a trustee in a case where I managed to divide the trust in such a way that two branches of the family got equivalent benefits – one got to live in the stately home and the others got a cash equivalent. It involved juggling the different assets, interests and so on. Everyone was happy – it wasn’t easy and it involved a lot of skill to implement perfectly.

How did you get into private client?

I always enjoyed studying trusts. I hadn’t realised quite how much tax had been involved, otherwise I would have thought twice about it. I enjoyed the academic side and the people contact – seeing something through the whole way and acting for different generations was interesting to me.

Do you have any outside interests or hobbies?

My dogs! I really enjoy wine, yoga, opera and reading.