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Michael Rutili

Senior Associate  |  Withersworldwide

England and Wales


Personal and estate planning
Residency and domiciliation


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

Impossible to pick just one! I have had the real privilege of working with so many inspirational clients and fellow advisers. A number of these clients have been very enterprising individuals or families who have managed to build extremely successful businesses often from very humble beginnings in their garages or spare rooms. Assisting them can be demanding and challenging but, at the same, time, incredibly rewarding!

How did you get into private client?

Very hard to put into a few words. Initially, it was my ambition to find a profession which would keep me on my toes intellectually which is what keeps me going day after day, enable me to find solutions to problems which is what drives me and meet some very interesting people on an almost daily basis which is what energises me. Once I worked out private client work could tick all of these boxes, being in the right place at the right time and some incredible mentors (who I will never be able to thank enough) helped me find my way.

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

I believe that an eagerness to constantly learn from others and situations, a curious mind and a great degree of flexibility are all equally indispensable to succeed. The world is changing at a pace never seen before and so are clients' needs and expectations. A successful lawyer has to be nimble, proactive and can no longer give advice expecting it to work for generations to come. And never forget to stop and listen - what is not said is as (if not more) important than what is said!

What is your favourite quote?

“Minds are like parachutes: they only function when open,” Sir Thomas Dewar.

Do you have any outside interests or hobbies?

Music, long walks and (in more 'normal' times) planning the next foreign holiday. I have a sizable collection of scrapbooks, maps and countless post-its covered in my notes on 'off the beaten track' itineraries around the Mediterranean and in various corners of Southern Europe. Look forward to the luxury of being able to travel freely again!

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

A small 'trattoria' in deepest Tuscany. I could not possibly give the name away as it only has five tables! Words cannot describe their artichokes, courgette flowers and fresh pasta with duck ragu.