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Gemma Willingham

Partner  |  Baker McKenzie

England & Wales


Trust litigation
Corporate governance
Family governance


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

Winning both STEP's Contentious Trust & Estates Team of the Year Award 2019 and Legal Business's Private Client Team of the Year Award 2020. These awards were real highlights of the past year and the result of our fantastic team working together closely to achieve excellent results for our clients.

How did you get into private client?

Back when I was a trainee, I found private client to be the most exciting area, as it involved working with the most interesting clients and fascinating long-running cases. Many years later, I still agree with this and definitely made the right career decision.

What advice would you give rising stars/new lawyers in the private client world?

To take every opportunity to meet as many people as possible at all levels in the private client world, and to start to build lasting relationships with them from an early stage.

What is your favourite quote?

"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go" Dr Seuss

Do you have any outside interests or hobbies?

My free time at the moment is largely spent chauffeuring my children to their exciting array of interests and hobbies.

When the restaurants reopen, where would you like to go?

Grand Trunk Road (an amazing Michelin-starred Indian restaurant in North-East London)