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Kelly Noel-Smith

Solicitor and Partner  |  Forsters
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

England and Wales

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Family business governance
Succession planning
Tax

Q&A

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

Last year, I wrote about effecting a three generation family reconciliation through family governance and this remains a highlight. This year, my highlight has been leading a team of lawyers in Greece, Cyprus and London to settle a $10 billion shipping business into a tax-efficient trust structure which satisfies the owner's desire to plan for succession and lay down core values to which his future generations can aspire. He told me that he feels he can now sleep happily, which is wonderful praise.

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

Please don't think you need to know everything. You can't; and it's dangerous to assume that you can. Don't be worried about saying that you don't know the answer to a question. The main thing you need to know is where to look up the answer.

What is your favourite quote?

"Hunger and love are what moves the world," Friedrich Schiller.