Laura Dadswell

Partner & Co-Head of Private Wealth  |  Penningtons Manches

England & Wales


Family Business Governance; Personal estate and succession planning; Tax

Enhanced Q&A

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

Advising on several relocations to the UK of UHNW individuals and their entourages due to political, pandemic and good, old fashioned business reasons. We are fortunate in being able to offer full service and tailored immigration, tax and corporate structuring advice as part of our Private Wealth sector.

How did you get into private client?

I am told I was successful in my interview for training contract at Withers because I had bred my Labradors to fund my degree at Cambridge and law school – unusual entrepreneurship for applicants at that time, apparently! Private client offered intellectual puzzles to solve, unending variety (no two families are the same and the law never stops evolving) and an opportunity to contribute to the wellbeing of what are, more often than not, highly successful, influential and interesting families.

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

You know you are doing a good job as advisor when you are brave enough to challenge your client’s wishes and s/he accepts your advice (whether or not they then follow it!). That sort of trust and confidence in a relationship can only come from a thorough understanding of a family’s aims and its unique dynamics and trusting your own judgment.

What is your favourite quote?

We are masters of the unsaid words but slaves of those we let slip out.

Do you have any outside interests or hobbies?

I am reasonably sporty. I used to event when I had horses. These days, I ski as much as I can get away with (or did) and play hockey every Saturday, having hung up both my rugby and football boots. This year, mountain biking seems to have replaced both skiing and hockey!.

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

We had to cancel Pollen Street Social just before Lockdown 3.0 so ….