Private ClientLine

Private ClientLine is a free legal update service for busy Will & Probate practitioners, which also offers the opportunity to earn CPD at exceptionally competitive prices. Each edition qualifies for 1 hour CPD with up to 12 hours CPD per year.

Each month a selection of our contributors will comment on the latest legal developments from the following practice areas within private client law:

  • Tax Planning – Uses of Trusts, reliefs, will drafting on tax issues, gifts etc
  • Practice – Wills – Instructions, drafting, construction, types of will, practical tips in drafting
  • Practice – Estates – all areas in the administration of estates from litigation to tax returns, grants of probate to deeds of variation, best practice, worst practice
  • Practice – Trusts – As for estates, from tax returns to powers of appointment, investment to administration, also to include drafting
  • Practice – Elder – LPA/EPA issues, Court of Protection etc, care issues, capacity (other than wills)

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John Thurston

John Thurston, LL.B., TEP, solicitor.

Lead Contributor and Editor of Private ClientLine

He is particularly interested in the law relating to wills, trusts, taxation, powers of attorney and elderly clients. He frequently presents courses for Progressive Legal and MBL Seminars and local law societies. He is the author of "A Practitioner's Guide to Powers of Attorney", "A Practitioner's Guide to Trusts", "A Practitioner's Guide to Inheritance Claims" , "A Practitioner's Guide to Executorship and Administration" and "Estate Planning for the Middle Income Client" all published by Bloomsbury Professional. He is also a contributor to "Tolley's Administration of Trusts" and "Tolley's Administration of Estates", and contributed a section to "Tax Efficient Will Drafting" published by LexisNexis Butterworths. He is also a consultant.

Lesley King

Professor Lesley King

College of Law

Professor Lesley King is Private Client Practice Head at The College of Law, Bloomsbury. She is co-author of Wills, Taxation and Administration: A Practical Guide and editor of The Probate Practitioner’s Handbook. She is the wills and probate columnist for the Law Society Gazette, and writes and lectures extensively on wills, taxation and related matters.

Ruth Hughes

Ruth Hughes

5 Stone Buildings

Ruth has taught company law on the Bar Vocational Course and has contributed to the Trust Quarterly Review and other professional journals. She also writes headnotes for the Wills and Trusts Law Reports. She is the assistant editor of the Elder Law Journal. Ruth lectures on all areas of her practice and in particular proprietary estoppel. More

David Coldrick

David Coldrick

Wrigleys Solicitors

David deals with all areas of private client work, including tax, trusts and estates. He has a particular interest and is a well-known authority on tax planning for the younger and elderly client and protection of assets of personal injury trusts, which involves a thorough knowledge of the benefit aspects and understanding of working with the disabled and their families. More

Martyn Frost

Martyn Frost

Trenfield Trust & Estates Consulting Ltd

Prior to joining Trenfield Trust & Estates Consulting Ltd, Martyn spent a number of years with Barclays Bank Trust Company taking on a variety of roles, including heading the company's internal legal department.

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