The wealth protection team at Shoosmiths has been given a further boost with the appointment of partner Rachael Brook, an expert in the farming and equine sectors, and Robert Nieri, a specialist charity lawyer.
Rachael – a member of both The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and the Agricultural Law Association – has significant experience in the preparation of wills, trusts, powers of attorney and lifetime tax efficient succession planning including the difficult issue of diversification for farming businesses.
Rachael has acted for attorneys and Court of Protection deputies, managing complex client financial affairs. She is also regularly appointed as a professional attorney, executor and trustee and deals with all aspects of probate and estate administration.
Robert joins the firm as a principal associate based in Manchester. His background is in charity governance, constitutional and regulatory work including registering charities (including corporate foundations) as well as charity incorporations and mergers.
Shoosmiths head of wealth protection Charlotte Dunn said: “We are making a concerted effort to grow and expand our offering across our wealth protection team, and Rachael’s experience and full understanding of these sectors – particularly on agricultural and equestrienne issues - will be a key part of our growth strategy working alongside our colleagues in our real estate and other departments.
“Robert’s strong background in working on behalf of a number of leading charities is also part of our strategic efforts to widen our offering into new and diverse sectors.”
Rachael joins from Ramsdens LLP where she was a partner and head of office. Robert joins from Brabners LLP.