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Simon Rylatt

Partner  |  Boodle Hatfield

England and Wales


Personal and estate planning
Family business governance
Dispute resolution


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

Corporate reconstructions within trust structures and looking at the trustee risk and management they should have in underlying trading companies, including anti-Bartlett clauses.

How did you get into private client?

I originally wanted to do economics at university, but had a last-ditch change to law. I was then on a bit of a rollercoaster, ending up at a largish regional firm doing private client. I qualified with them for year, before moving to London – it was more of a natural progression. It fitted my personality well.

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

Listen intently to the clients to determine what is most important to them and what they want to achieve. Try to analyse those priorities and objectives critically and dispassionately and then seek to provide sympathetic, honest and practical advice.

What is your favourite quote?

“You miss 100% of the shots you never take." Wayne Gretzky.

Do you have any outside interests or hobbies?

My passion is playing hockey – I’ve played for decades now.

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

Japanese- Umi in Balham.