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Laura Dadswell, Partner at Penningtons Manches


Laura is an international tax and trust specialist in the London private client team with particular expertise in working on US issues and corporate wealth structuring. Described by a peer as ‘one of the stand-out private client lawyers of her generation’, her focus is on providing commercial, but also tailored and sensitive answers to how best to steward family wealth in often complex circumstances.

A member of STEP, the world's leading organisation for private wealth professionals, Laura is a regular speaker on the conference platforms aimed at key players in the private client field in the UK, the US and other jurisdictions. She presented the closing speech to the American Bar Association annual conference in New York in 2018. In addition to editing the core text book Butterworths Wills Probate and Administration of Estates, she is a contributor to Practical Law's Private Client Guide, which outlines the UK system for international private client lawyers.

Laura is personally rated in Chambers HNW, where she is described as being ‘good with her advice’ and ‘very easy to get along with and can talk through everything’. ‘She's extremely empathetic, she goes the extra mile,’ says a source, adding: ‘She spends time getting to know the client, what the client needs, before suggesting the solution.’ She is recognised in Citywealth’s Leaderslist, the Top 50 Powerwomen list and the International Women’s Day Top 100 list. She is also a recommended tax and trusts lawyer in the 2019 edition of Spear’s 500.

Recent work highlights

  • Advising on the creation of a Jersey Foundation to hold shares in Private Trust Company.
  • Planning the restructuring of a family property business to secure 100% inheritance tax relief.
  • Assisting non-domiciled individuals to fund their life style in the UK without triggering UK tax.
  • Acting as a trustee of a significant grant making private charitable trust.

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registered number OC311575 and is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority under number 419867.

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