Private Client

What they say

"a one-stop shop with specialists in every sector and discipline' … from the administration of high-value estates with complex UK and foreign assets to supporting vulnerable or elderly clients on the management of their estates."

Legal 500 UK 2020

Everyone needs protecting

For the complete care and protection of families and their assets, DMH Stallard’s private client team supports clients with sensitivity, precision and expertise.

Our team has the experience to guide you at every turn: from making a will to handling the affairs of a loved one who has passed away; ensuring the welfare of elderly or vulnerable relatives, to providing for effective tax and succession planning for a family business.

With offices in London, Brighton, Crawley, Guildford, and Horsham we support clients throughout the south of England in locations which are convenient and accessible for either their home or place of work.

What we do

Our services for protecting you and your family include:

How we do it

Protecting your family’s welfare and assets is something that matters to us all.

Our specialist solicitors respond to that need with a proven and effective service for wealth protection and management, family businesses and the management of the affairs of the elderly and vulnerable.

We work closely with clients, their families and other professional advisers to achieve a whole-life view of care, wealth management, tax and inheritance issues based on each client’s individual financial and family circumstances, their long term goals and priorities.

It is an approach which allows us to provide proactive and long-term advice and support rather than a short-term matter-by-matter response.

Only by making this commitment to our clients are we able to offer clear, practical and assured recommendations for the protection of their family and assets.

Above all else, ours is a personal service delivered by a down-to-earth, dedicated team.

Good communication is always a priority, with clear and pragmatic advice given in a way which makes it easy to understand.

Alongside the estate planning, wills and estate administration services which are required by the majority of clients, we also offer strong expertise in a number of specialist areas – drawing where necessary on the huge depth of skills and experience of our colleagues across DMH Stallard.

These matters might include the administration of estates with foreign or private business assets; the specialist inheritance tax and capital gains tax issues which can affect smooth transition and asset protection within a family business; or the often complex legal issues regarding trusts, mental health and social care, where family members may need to make difficult decisions regarding the welfare of older and vulnerable people.

Key Contacts

Lorna Fairbairn
Michael Derrick
Camilla Bishop
Deborah Henn

Lorna Fairbairn

Head of Private Client team and expert in tax and business asset matters
Brighton & London

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Michael Derrick

Expert advisor on estate administration, will drafting and inheritance tax planning

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Camilla Bishop

Very experienced advisor on wills, trusts and inheritance tax/capital gains tax mitigation

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Deborah Henn

Senior Associate FCILEx
Group Head Private Client Horsham - Specialist in Probate and Estate Administration, Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney

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  • Brighton Office

    1 Jubilee Street


    East Sussex

    BN1 1GE

  • Crawley Office

    Griffin House

    135 High Street


    West Sussex

    RH10 1DQ

  • Guildford Office

    Wonersh House

    The Guildway

    Old Portsmouth Road



    GU3 1LR

  • Horsham Office

    Ridgeland House

    15 Carfax


    West Sussex

    RH12 1DY

  • London Office

    6 New Street Square

    New Fetter Lane


    EC4A 3BF

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