DWF has appointed director Christopher Noel to head the Manchester Private Capital team as the business further enhances its private wealth offering nationwide. Christopher joins from Addleshaw Goddard LLP and was recently named by the Legal 500, as a "Next Generation" Lawyer in the Private Client rankings in the North West.
With over 13 years' experience, Christopher specialises in advising ultra- and high-net worth individuals, family trusts, business owners, entrepreneurs, charities and corporate entities. His work includes high net worth tax planning and wealth protection, wills, family investment companies, the creation and administration of trusts, the administration of estates, and advising regional businesses and the family interests behind them.
Christopher also has significant experience in advising on residence and domicile and in acting for offshore trustees and international individuals in relation to UK assets and taxes.
At DWF, Christopher will enhance the practice's existing presence in the private client market across the UK as well as working with the firm's international offices to advise high net worth and ultra-high net worth international families on their UK and global holdings and structures.
In addition, Christopher will be working closely with the firm's dedicated national contentious trusts and estates disputes team. He has a wide range of experience on trust disputes, both in the UK and internationally, and in advising on high value and complex estate and trust claims. Christopher is a full member of both the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS).
Jon Gould, National Head of Private Capital at DWF, said: "The North West continues to be a key growth area for DWF and we look to Christopher to bring his technical know-how and client-focused approach as a key factor in the expansion of both our regional and national Private Capital offering. The team advises many ultra and high net worth clients and families and is continuing to grow in response to increasing client demand. We look forward to growing our team further with Christopher on board."
Christopher Noel added: "DWF has a very strong private client practice both in the UK and overseas which is continuing to expand following the recent appointments of Amanda Chapman and Roger Holman to the London office. I am delighted to be joining the team which recognises the importance of a full-service offering for its clients, and I am delighted to be a part of the journey."