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Victoria Smyth

Victoria joins Thrings’ private client team

Law firm Thrings has further strengthened its offering to clients who have potentially complex needs around succession, estates and tax planning, with the recruitment of partner Victoria Smyth.

Victoria has joined Thrings as a partner in the private client team from Clarke Willmott. She is a specialist private client solicitor, providing a comprehensive wealth management, wills, trusts and tax service for businesses and individual clients.

She has substantial experience in advising families on their businesses and, in particular, succession planning matters.

Simon Holdsworth, managing partner at Thrings, said that it is widely recognised that commercial and farming clients often fail to plan adequately for succession, which in the event of their death could leave their businesses, estates and even the livelihoods of their families in potential jeopardy.

Yet with timely planning and expert advice their businesses or estates may qualify for some substantial tax reliefs, delivering the maximum benefit for the next generation.

Simon said: “At Thrings, we are continually striving to deliver a first class service to our clients. Victoria’s appointment is the latest move in our strategy to provide our clients with the protection they need, and guide them safely through the complicated decisions that will ensure their business interests are preserved and even enhanced for those who will come after them.

“By offering such high calibre support and expertise in succession-planning and related issues, we can have a substantial positive impact on the lives and business interests of those left behind.

“We are thrilled to welcome Victoria who arrives with an impressive track record and, with the rest of the private client team, will undoubtedly continue to deliver great success in this area.”

Victoria said: “I am very excited to have joined Thrings at such a significant stage in the firm’s development.

“I’m particularly pleased to be joining a team that sees beyond the transaction and understands how the advice that a private client lawyer gives to an individual can impact on how they manage their business.

“There is a very forward-thinking ethos here, which recognises that our commercial clients’ affairs are complicated and merit expert support and protection.

“Commercial clients clearly value this fully integrated, cross-discipline approach, rather than the more traditional separation of commercial and private client affairs.

“I am very much looking forward to playing my part in ensuring that our clients continue to get a fully-rounded service that is second to none.”