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Sue Laing

Partner  |  Boodle Hatfield

England and Wales


Personal and estate planning
Succession planning
Asset protection


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

Being very closely involved in helping one family to create and fund a huge new charitable initiative, which required complex tax and trust planning as well as all of the usual charity considerations. The facility that we have created will become a centre of excellence in the medical sphere, delivering tangible and wide-ranging benefits in one particular field of medicine for many years to come.

How did you get into private client?

I started my articles shortly after Capital Transfer Tax, now known as Inheritance Tax tax, first came into effect. As a new trainee I had more time than most to look into this new tax, which was my first introduction to private client work. The trust that clients placed in us as advisers, coupled with the fact that I had joined Boodle Hatfield, both then and now regarded as one of the leading private client law firms, had me hooked. I have been fascinated by and thoroughly enjoyed the work ever since. There is never a dull moment!

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

The key is to understand your clients properly, so invest time in getting to know all members of a family, their trustees, their businesses and the environment/sector in which they operate.

What is your favourite quote?

“Don't think of yourself as indispensable or infallible. The cemeteries of the world are full of indispensable men,” Charles De Gaulle.

Do you have any outside interests or hobbies?

Music, sailing and art.

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

Prawn on the Lawn, Padstow, UK.