Hill Dickinson taps Sean Williams from Addleshaws for its Private Client Team

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Leading UK law firm, Hill Dickinson, has appointed Sean Williams as a partner in the private client team in Manchester. Sean joins the firm from Addleshaw Goddard, where he worked for 11 years; three years as a legal director.

Sean brings with him particular expertise in advising clients on ways in which to mitigate tax, provide for the vulnerable, and protect wealth through tax efficient wills and gifts. Sean also acts as professional executor or trustee and is an expert on all aspects of trust and estate administration including disputes over wills and probate. Sean also advises trustee service providers and has previously worked in-house on secondment with a trust corporation to better understand the requirements of this particular client group.

Paul Baker, Head of Hill Dickinson’s Private Client team, commented: “I am delighted that we have been able to appoint a partner of Sean’s experience and standing. Sean is a serious player in the Manchester market and has a high profile through his involvement with the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). We believe that private client services will be an important engine of growth in Manchester in the coming years and Sean will play a key part in the development of this line of business.”

Sean added: “I was attracted to Hill Dickinson by its excellent reputation for private client work and its continuing success. The firm has a very good reputation amongst my clients and contacts and I look forward to bringing my extensive experience to this new role. By continuing to work with my large network of professional contacts and with the other partners and fee earners in the Manchester office, particularly the corporate and commercial partners, I hope to be able to assist in increasing the Manchester office’s share of the market.”

Geraldine Ryan, Partner and Head of Hill Dickinson’s Manchester office, concluded: “Sean is a well-respected legal professional and will be a fantastic addition to the team. We were looking for an experienced professional to bolster the firm’s private client services in Manchester and the experience that Sean brings, particularly in the wealth and estates fields will be a great asset to the firm’s Manchester offer.”

As an active member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), Sean represents the North West region on the Society’s Council and is a member of its special interest group for family owned businesses. Sean is also a member of both the Association of Contentious Trust and Estate Practitioners; the Country, Land and Business Association; and the Private Client Section of the Law Society. Sean also reviews thesis papers for a leading professional body. More Private Client Jobs here.

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